I have a rather big personal project - my current estimate says it will take me around 10 years to develop it. This newsletter is a running log on its progress and the things I learned along the way. The project is MindOS and this is the story behind it…
The goal of MindOS is to create a collection of belief systems that will work as a mental operating system. I have no idea how to do that - but I do know frameworks that can get me to the solution. When you try to figure out how to do something new(like, oh, I don’t know, build a OS for the MIND?), you should NOT start thinking of solutions. You should focus on the problem you are trying to solve. Study the problem as much as possible.
I am trying to create a set of belief systems that will act as an Operating System for the Mind. When I tried studying about belief systems, and knowledge management systems, I found out about Epistemology. Epistemology is the theory of knowledge. It’s a branch of philosophy that deals with questions about knowledge - questions like how can we know things? What is knowledge?
MindOS is a project to create a set of belief systems that will act as an Operating System for the Mind. But to install this OS in your mind, you need to unlearn a few things that you currently believe.
In the last article about Unlearning, I talked about Motivated Reasoning and Confirmation Bias. These are two examples of thinking flaws. They are bugs in our brain’s programming. There is a huge list of such brain bugs - they are called Cognitive Biases.
Your subjective reality is created when you assign meaning to an external objective reality using your belief systems. When you change these belief systems, you are changing your subjective reality. MindOS is basically a collection of such belief systems that you can “install”(or as regular people call it, believe). The end goal is to change your subjective reality using these belief systems.
My last article was about Belief Systems - the theory part. This article is the practical part - the ABC Framework. If used properly, this framework can change your life - you can control your responses to everything that happens around you.
We have been talking about Belief Systems for the last few posts. There is enormous power in belief systems - if you can change your belief system, you can change your subjective reality. Therefore, you need to be careful on which belief system you accept. You get most of your belief system about how the world is currently from news sources and social media. But these sources(especially Social Media) are not designed to give you the best belief systems. They have evolved for maximum sharability - not for accuracy. And that can have a negative impact on you.