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Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without

From: Eleanor White <ewraven1.nul>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 21:16:29 -0400
Archived: Sat, 12 May 2012 09:14:29 -0400
Subject: Re: Reality? - "Mental Processes Shut Down Without


>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"

>www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120508173511.htm

>[Quotation Begins]

>Emotion Can Shut Down High-Level Mental Processes Without Our
>Knowledge, in Our Native Language

>ScienceDaily (May 8, 2012) - Psychologists at Bangor University
>believe that they have glimpsed for the first time, a process
>that takes place deep within our unconscious brain, where
>primal reactions interact with higher mental processes. Writing
>in the Journal of Neuroscience, they identify a reaction to
>negative language inputs which shuts down unconscious
>processing.

Mmmm... I'm not sure that is an absolute that applies in every
case.

People can barely notice things, but people, even filled with
emotion, can take time to look carefully at something and do
some analysis. I've had emotion but at the same time, became
very observant and analytical too.

In the first case, perhaps it is likely for perception to go
wrong, but in the second case, no. So before a statement can be
made that perception is unreliable, one has to take into account
whether the observation was a fleeting glance, or a situation
where the observer deliberately took the time to look carefully
and attempt to analyze what was being seen.

I recall a demo where a small dot of light appeared on a wall
maybe 15 feet from a group of observers, in a totally darkened
room. The instructor asked us to speak out when we saw the light
move, and indicate the direction of motion.

A few "saw" some motion, but most of us did not, and as it
turned out, the light had never moved.

I really think the idea that perception can't be depended on is
not grounded in reality for many real-life situations.


Eleanor White



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