In The Carpet Mind, Anthony Penderis ventures where explorers of the mind have never been before. This book describes – for the first time ever – laws that control our thinking. The author reasons that similar to the Laws of Nature, which explain all natural phenomena, there must be principles, which guide our thinking as well. He thus defines ten such ‘Fundamentals of the Thinking Process’. In the process he demystifies the thinking process, challenges the notion of free will, tackles many unresolved issues concerning the human psyche, and takes a hard look at some of our entrenched beliefs.
The title, The Carpet Mind, refers to the author’s model of the conscious mind based on a Persian carpet. In this model, the human mind is likened to a carpet in which every strand of wool in the carpet’s pile represents a memory trace. These memory traces are arranged in different colours and patterns and equates to fields of association in memory storage. Each carpet has a unique pattern, which reflects our personalities and interacts with a “sensory breeze” that evokes the conscious mind.
The author ultimately comes to the conclusion that the human mind is phenomenal because it has given us an unlimited capacity to learn new things and the ability to adapt rapidly to a fast-changing environment.