Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 06:06:33 GMT

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    Grant said:

    >I think my point was that we are often unaware of what our
    >unconscious motivations were and asking someone about them would not
    >get a valid answer. People go to psychiatrists to find out why they
    >were doing things they can't understand their motivation for doing,
    >although when you ask them, they can often come up with reasons.

    Did you ever read Michael Gazzaniga's early work, in which he
    mentions something which he called the "confabulator" which performs
    exactly that function. It generates plausible explanations that we
    use to fill in the blanks when we don't know the answers. I haven't
    read any of his later stuff, maybe he has refined/renamed the concept.


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