Short-term mental processes (realtime) are associated with consciousness while the longer term
processes are not. For example, sometimes a person is unable to recall someone's name or some
other item, but upon arising the next day, he has that information. That slow information
retrieval from long-term storage is an unconsious process.
Another example from my own experience is that if I want to wake up at a specific time and have
no alarm clock, if I say to myself before going to sleep "I must wake up at X o'clock," I will
generally awaken at the exact time.
I hypothesize that the conscious mind spins off unconscious helper-egos ("daemon" is a related
computer term) to perform these tasks. A pathological strengthening of unconscious helper
egos might help account for multiple personality disorder.
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