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Do You Believe That Your Consciousness Is Nothing At All?

Published on 6/27/2015
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I found this to be a very enlightening and thought provoking article.

"The conscious you, in effect, is like a not terribly bright CEO, whose subordinates do all of the research, draft all of the documents, then lay them out and say, “Sign here, sir.” The CEO does—and takes the credit."

I find this to be an interesting  Paper because  it would seem that the things we do does not originate in our conscious mind but rather in our unconscious state.  Though apparently scientifically argued, if we believe that, then we are saying  or suggesting that some of the evil things people do  is formed in their sub or unconsciousness. So what then directs this unconsciousness?

I have lots of questions and theories based on this Paper.

Sleep-walking where people get out of their beds and walk to places in their sleep could be be seen as being controlled by their unconsciousness, in that they are unaware of what they are doing.  So what triggers that mode of behaviour? I am sure there are studies done on this scenario.

The comment in the paper - that "if we could be run entirely by our reflexes and instincts with no conscious thought at all, we would." This statement  causes  me to think beyond the relative example given. i.e. that "there's a reason you don't stop to contemplate whether you should pull your hand off a hot stove, and instead simply do it."

The just do it action  - not stopping to think about doing whatever it is could be termed reflexive or instinctive action. Most of the time when we stop to think about things (that being with our consciousness) we need to do, we delay, procrastinate and over analyze. The result is we don't get things done. Are we then better off being controlled by our unconscious thoughts? Would we get more things done and efficiently?

If you really think about, it a lot of what we do in our day to day lives encompasses many unconscious thoughts and actions. Like a little man sitting in the background ready to step in and not needing your permission.

My Unconscious Story

Some years ago I was with a child waiting for a ride while she sat in the car. She must have released the handbrake as from the corner of my eye I noticed the car rolling. Instinctively my reflex kicked in as all I saw was a child in a car heading for a major road. I turned, tried to brace the car but the momentum  was too much for me and so I quickly and unconsciously  tried to step aside. Too late! Didn't work. I was thrown against a concrete column and wrought iron gate. The result was black and blue for years though no broken bones, my head got bashed - I literally saw stars, a dent on my upper thigh, which remained to this day, the pain and shock to my system.

Was the unconscious that of trying to stop the car because of the child or that of trying to step away?

Instinct and reflex action immediately comes to mind.  Was that the unconsciousness at work?

A couple of examples come to mind and we call them reflex actions

Instinctively reaching out to break a fall - yours or someone else'

Suddenly swerving when driving and someone out of nowhere comes bearing down on you from the opposite direction.

I am sure if you gave thought or tap into your unconscious reactions you will come up with a few more.

Referenced: Paper written by Jeffrey Kluger and published by TIME

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