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. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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