3. Human knowledge management process
From this point, we are going to study the behavior or normal operation of relational intelligence within the human knowledge management process when producing responses or conclusions on the base of determined information, whether from the exterior, interior, or a mix.
This behavior reflects an explicit aim of optimizing the processes as if it were a competitive intelligence.
3.a) Automatic or unconscious brain functions
Preconceptions and emotions
The preconceptions are hardly negative in the theory of knowledge; they are necessary to avoid thought repetition and constant mental reasoning; at the same time, the preconceptions can act as a real limit of knowledge and its innovation.
When the knowledge management process has sufficiently developed an idea and reached a conclusion, it incorporates the idea into the memory to avoid repeating the entire process over again. Typically, the essential preconceptions are immediately loaded into the memory every day, forming part of what is called a person's character.
Regarding the computer knowledge, we can assimilate the preconceptions to direct links, an association of files, or other similar mechanisms.
One of the first characteristics of computer abilities that stands out is their capacity to repeat or carry out instructions previously saved. In order to achieve automatism, the computers need a program loaded in the memory.
The human knowledge management system is much more powerful than any existing computer, but it also needs previously developed programs loaded into operative or immediate memory to work. These programs or cognitive processes are somewhat similar to the preconceptions but have an operative nature, and are usually programs, small functions, or groups of them.
We will examine some relevant processes in the theory of knowledge.
Drive a car
When we are not driving, the relevant knowledge and experiences related to driving are in our brain, but they are not active; once we enter a car, these programs are activated or loaded into operative memory. This cognitive process is intense if we are sitting in the driver's seat.
Another clarifying example influencing whether we are relaxed or not is how much control of the immediate surroundings we have. When the knowledge management process loads a security program, it affects how the senses operate and the capacity of rapid response of our body's muscles; we are not, however, referring to the effect adrenaline produces.
People who speak various languages know perfectly well that, when they do not practice a language, they lose a lot of what they have learned. They also know it can recover almost miraculously with a little bit of additional practice. This cognitive effect is higher when people speak more than one foreign language because they tend to interchange in the operative memory due to the brain's limited capacity. Too many concepts and different grammatical structures to maintain active.
It seems reasonable to assume that every day when we wake up, the knowledge management system boots the programs or information that it knows it is going to use throughout the entire day, and, on the other hand, the group of programs and words that we habitually speak is in direct relation with our capacity. That is, as our cognitive abilities develop as a human species, the number of words in a language increase.
Following the same logic, the brain will locate other programs of immediate reaction in a particular place so that they can be quickly accessed. It seems it is one of the functions of a part of the human brain called Thalamus, which controls emotions; understanding emotions as biochemical reactions provoked by a specific stimulus, regardless of the feelings that may or may not accompany them.
Naturally, the programs have to exist previously, and with each new experience, they enriched. In other words, there is a constant cognitive development producing the evolution of the knowledge management system. It is just like how a programmer perfects his work until obtaining a certain level.
The brain's power notably increases with this automation and response velocity will be quite superior for two reasons.
First, because the information from the outset is placed directly in the subprograms or functions' prepared fields, and once all the information is received, the specific operation is triggered.
The second is that just a few responses from the knowledge system are enough to validate the start or result of the operation. In this respect, the speed can be similar or even faster than the ultra-fast responses of the language manager.
Aside from the examples in the previous section, we can cite two more cognitive processes where internal function development can be easily perceived.
An exciting example of programs being in constant improvement is that, if when learning to type, one stops for a week and then returns, a pleasant surprise will occur; instead of worsening the skills due to inactivity, they improve. The human brain and cells in general, dedicated a great deal of time to reordering, simplifying, rationalizing and improving without the conscious being aware.
We had also discussed the cognitive functions our dreams have when we talked about the optimization of the brain.