How does IPS Work?

Information from interactions is segregated and processed in two different ways on an ongoing basis to arrive at multiple decisions on how to handle them using contextual and direct logic processing by VP and LB respectively. VP judges which of such decisions is suitable for execution using simple logic. LB contributes in decision processing as and when preset data or complex logical processing is required.

Once VP finds what it judges to be a plausible one out of the accumulated solutions (decisions), it finalizes the same for execution. The reason why VP judges which solution is beneficial for execution is because unlike LB, it has the capability to benefit from past experiences and projection of future considerations along with the capability of direct logic processing by outsourcing data to LB.

As LB is better in logical processing, VP takes its help to scrutinize the logic used for the finalized decision (which LB does by taking for granted past and/or future data considered by VP, as they have common goals). If LB does not find the logic valid, VP continues processing the interaction.

When a plausible solution with valid logic is found, it is finalized for execution by VP, which is executed when required by LB. When the decision is to be executed, it is done by LB. If physical actions are involved in the execution, they are guided by VP.

While in the above process, if solution to complex logic is sought or if LB finds a logical solution which does not need any past or future considerations, it passes on such solution to VP along with confidence level denoting how strong it has evaluated it to be plausible, which is considered by VP in the process of finalizing the execution. The confidence a person has in such cases is based on such level passed on by LB, and thus, is gained subconsciously, i.e. by intuition, gut feeling, etc. (unless VP is capable of scrutinizing its logic, which it may if the logic is simple enough for it).

The above process is explained in detail under title The Thought Process – Step-by-Step.

The Self

As mentioned above, VP and LB are involved in generating multiple solutions for ongoing interactions. In order to prevent clash between them, one of them must have the authority to judge and select the final decision to be executed.

As VP can outsource its data to LB if and when high level of direct logic processing is required in its computations, but not vice versa, it qualifies as the wiser one of the two, as it can benefit from both types of processing.

For the same reason, the authority of finalizing decisions to execute is given to VP by the process of natural selection.

The way assigning authority for decision making to someone makes him an agent for actions taken under such authority, assigning authority for decision making to VP makes it an agent for actions taken under it (these include all actions, even like rolling your eyeballs, as you are doing right now).

The agency that emerges out upon executing under such authority is what you call I, me and myself, i.e. "the self".

The way an agent is responsible for actions executed under its authority, the self is responsible for actions that are executed under its authority.

Although VP has a physical base (substrate) which resides in the right hemisphere of the brain in the majority of population, the nature of the self is informational.

Like the concept of soul, it is not visible, does not weigh anything, does not smell or occupy space, etc., yet controls all our interactions.

As it is designed for optimized survival and reproduction of our entire body, we use the term "self" for our entire body.

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