Beyond the Conscious Mind: Unlocking the Secrets of the Self by Thomas Blakeslee

By Thomas Blakeslee

A brand new realizing of awareness that lets you higher comprehend your personal and others habit. Your brain is a self-organized crew of specialised self sufficient modules that every take regulate of your habit based upon context. this kind of modules, the "self-module," is the verbal interpreter of all your habit. besides the fact that this self-module merely controls habit while you're utilizing self-discipline. Introspection is therefore often not anything greater than self-serving clarification. utilizing experimental proof Blakeslee sincerely demonstrates the various psychological illusions created by means of this fallacious realizing of self and lets you increase a brand new, extra actual, self-concept.

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Some of the students who had said they strongly disapproved of cheating did cheat on the test, while some of the others, who didn't disapprove strongly, were nonetheless honest on the test. After the test, the students were again questioned about the morality of cheating. The students whose behavior had been in conflict with their previously stated beliefs were found to have changed their beliefs to match 46 CHAPTER TWO their behavior: If they had cheated, they now felt that cheating was not so bad; if they had been tolerant of cheating before, but been honest on the test, they were now more disapproving of cheating.

We must learn to look past the mental illusions created by our faulty self-concept and learn to appreciate and use the other crucial modules of our mind. Changing our self-concept to accept the existence of other modules is not easy; we have been living with our self-centered view all of our lives. Just as people during the Middle Ages, accustomed to visualizing themselves as the center of the universe, had a hard time accepting the idea of orbiting around the sun, our self-concept will not change easily.

If you want to experience three-dimensional television, just hold a pair of sunglasses up to your face such that only one eye has a lens in front of it. When you watch any action scene where the camera is following a moving object such as a runner or sports car, the dark lens will slow your eye's response to motion so that the moving image of the background will lag slightly. This tiny shift in position is enough to give a strong impression of a realistic three-dimensional image. Our brain takes subtle clues and uses imagination to extrapolate them into dramatic three-dimensional vision.

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