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Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without

From: Eugene Frison <cthulhu_calls.nul>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 10:59:40 -0500
Archived: Sat, 12 May 2012 09:05:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without


>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 19:46:58 +0100
>Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our Knowledge"

<snip>

Ray, your experiences of still seeing the mosquitos and
mistaking a coiled rope for a snake are not only common ones,
but are also both supported and explained by extensive evidence.

It has often been said that we humans use only a fraction
(something like one-tenth) of our brains. This has been used as
a basis for asking the question, "What would our potential be if
we used the other nine-tenths of our brains that we don't
normally use?"

Well, the notion that we use only a small fraction of our brains
is wrong. It is just that most of what our brains are doing is
unconscious and we are not aware of it. This so-called larger
fraction of the brain that isn't being used _is_ in use, and
guiding our behaviour, but we are not aware of this unconscious
processing.

There are hundreds of experiments that testify to the importance
of the unconscious in affecting our perceptions and behaviour,
as well as ample convincing evidence that we perceive things
unconsciously. That evidence goes back as far as the experiments
of Boris Sidis in 1898, through the 1980s and 1990s and beyond,
through work that has been conducted by psychologists such as
Julian Janes, David Milner, Mel Goodale (at the University of
Western Ontario), Phil Merikle (at the University of Waterloo),
Robert Zazonc and William Kunst-Wilson, Anthony Marcel (at
Cambridge University), Janet Davidson and Robert Sternberg, John
Bargh (of New York University) - to name but a very, very few.

The evidence shows that prior learning, memories, experiences
are used in this unconscious processing.

The bottom line is very clear: detailed analysis of information
coming in from the senses is carried out unconsciously -  even
analysis that would seem that only consciousness would be
capable of - and the result of this analysis, affected by our
past experience, is always there and affecting how we think,
feel, and behave. But we are aware of none of it.

Every ufologist going out into the field should have a good
knowledge and understanding of this.

I should mention that my use of the word "unconscious" is not
the unconscious of Freud (where negative repressed ideas are
supposedly stored) or even Jung's deeper collective unconscious
that we supposedly all share and which contain the archetypes).
I am using the word in the sense of the mechanisms and
processings of the brain that we are not aware of. And, also -
as I mentioned earlier in this thread - I dislike the word
"unconscious" because I think the words "subconscious" or "pre-
conscious" are better.





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