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Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without

From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 10:33:59 -0700
Archived: Sat, 12 May 2012 09:10:01 -0400
Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without

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

>>From: Don Ledger<dledger.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 13:31:47 -0300
>>Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without OurKnowledge"

>>>From: Ray Dickenson<r.dickenson.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto<post.nul>
>>>Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 11:02:50 +0100
>>>Subject: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without Our Knowledge"



>>Fascinating stuff, Ray. You on the right List? Ropes for snakes,
>>gnats for mosquitos perfect in detail as seen from the corner of
>>the eye. Are the rest of us - except KK - supposed to read
>>something into these revelations? If so you've never been in the
>>field have you?

>Hello Don,

>The accumulating evidence says that we cannot trust our brains:
>they lie to us by ignoring `painful' words (when that can't
>endanger us) and will lie again by creating non-existent shapes
>(i.e snakes - when it might be advantageous).

>Seems to me that should be considered as important by anyone
>investigating witness perceptions of phenomena, especially high
>strangeness phenomena.

>Even if you happen to possess the one brain on the planet which
>is unaffected by such influences. [Or thinks it is.]

Here we go again.

The problem isn't whether humans and their brains are fallible.
The problem is exaggeration of human fallibility to the point
where we literally "cannot trust our brains", apparently _ever_.

I'm sure Ray can trust his brain 99% of the time as he no doubt
gets through the day usually just fine, just like 99.9% of the
human race probably gets through their day just fine without
getting run over by buses or poisoned by food they shouldn't

99% right will get you an A+ grade in school. It's pretty damn
good, not perfect, but very much good enough.

Again, if our brains were really as unreliable in all things as
Ray continues to argue, the human race would not be here and we
wouldn't be having the argument to begin with.

Ray also continues to confuse raw perception with
interpretation, and also makes no allowances for when we quickly
correct our misinterpretations. That coiled rope seen out of the
corner of his eye that Ray might momentarily interpret as a
dangerous snake is actually a perfectly good and adaptive
interpretation with the limited amount of observation time and
data, and if it really were a snake might save his life. But
getting a better look at it over a longer period of time, Ray
quickly realizes it isn't a snake, and I'm sure he trusts that
more detailed observation and resulting interpretation as being
highly reliable - or does he?

David Rudiak

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