the view from inside one’s own head is called the first person perspective. one’s experiences are also referred to as subjective, which has two meanings to explore. the first aligns with grammar, the subject of a sentence is the doer of action, thus the first person perspective is the perspective of the doer. the second sense of subjective is as a personal opinion. subject is the opposite of objective in both senses. objective implies the object of a sentence, the receiver of action, and it implies phenomena external to the subject, accessible by other individuals.
event processing model of intelligence
the mind receives inputs from the senses via nerve signals. the arrival of these inputs are the only events our minds can directly perceive. our minds have an inbox, and nerve signals are the incoming messages.
as messages arrive, we have the option of responding to them or deferring. we can respond by changing the contents of our mind, thinking differently about something, or by initiating some action. action is a change in the objective world, thoughts represent change in the subjective world.
our actions can become events in the timeline of other people. but no two people have the exact same stream of inputs, or subjective experience. since no two people can occupy the exact same location, we must conclude that no two subjective experiences are identical.
not only are we alone in our exact experience of the outside world, but we also happen to be the only ones at the controls of our body. only the individual can initiate the body into action. as events arrive, no other subjects have the opportunity to react in our place. sometimes we may imagine that social arrangements restrict our possible actions, laws for example, but this is not true. these arrangements may cause reactions to our actions from others, but they cannot limit our choice of action. this pattern is absolute individual sovereignty (AIS).
AIS does not assume free will, as the source, or logic behind the actions taken is not relevant to the fact that they emanate from the individual in question, and not others.