Re: Study shows brain can learn without really trying

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    > > It's in the human unconscious that memes thrive.
    > >That's their breeding ground and hiding place.
    > >
    > >Though the mind, by itself, is unreflective, the human mind is indeed
    > >up in the context of self-referential mentality. This is not the case
    > >animals. While chimps, et al, carry a germ of mental awareness, it
    > >shape them in any profound way. "Subconscious" implies a mind that forms
    > >under the weight of mental self-existence, not one that forms naturally
    > >according to standard, biological pathways.
    > >
    > >
    > Isn't the supposed "unconscious" based on one of those privative
    > at its root when all is said and done (ie- the *not*concious is merely
    > vast collection beyond what is conscious, whatever that last term may be)?
    > OTOH subconscious is that below cosciousness, not that this adds any
    > clarity. Either term winds up being a catch all. Defining consciousness
    > clearly would be a feat enough, so contrasting that which is either not
    > conscious or below conscousness would be extremely difficult. Would the
    > be the limit?

    The 20th century seems to have passed you right by.

    The important distinction is that consciousness is something that inheres
    exclusively to the individual mind, while the unconscious is species-wide,
    embracing all of us. It's the set of instincts according to which every
    human mind operates. Occupying a kind of twilight zone is the subconscious
    mind, which is individual despite being unconscious.


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