Memory and the Process of Human Judgment in the Logical Intelligence

Human intelligence does not simply rely on instinctive or intuitive reactions to stimuli for judging things and determining a course of action based on that judgment.  There is also the modality of memory, whereby past impressions, events, judgments and conclusions have been stored in memory and are called up when some similar impression triggers the memory search function and brings a particular memory to the fore as an aid in correlating potentially repetitive events and determining either a rapid response or eliciting review of a potential pattern to be acted upon.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “The developed logical mind puts into order the action and resources of the human memory and trains it to make the utmost use of its materials.  The human judgment naturally works on these materials in two ways, by a more or less rapid and summary combination of observation, inference, creative or critical conclusion, insight, immediate idea,–this is largely an attempt of the mind to work in a spontaneous manner with the directness that can only be securely achieved by the higher faculty of intuition, for in the mind it produces much false confidence and unreliable certitude,–and a slower but in the end intellectually surer seeking, considering and testing judgment that develops into the careful logical action.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 23, The Supramental Instruments — Thought-process , pp. 822-823

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