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False statement

Posted 03-23-2021 at 12:57 AM by Michael Uplawski
Updated 09-10-2021 at 02:40 PM by Michael Uplawski

I just modified my comment to one of my own blog-entries but now feel that it is itself worth an entry.

If it sticks it may be sticky. Avoid.
This comment contained a false statement. I have to leave it here and mark it as false, because it is frequently repeated in a pseudo-scientific context, by right-wing political activists, by marketing-experts, by so-called “coaches”.

The story is that, around 1955, an American scientific formulated a hypothesis which was quickly refuted but stuck with some interested parties. I did not know and just found this thing too appealing to not give it some thought. When “Me Too” made everyboy think, I became comfortable with what had become my conviction.

The truth is that, up to this day, nobody can identify anything in our brain's structure and organization which allowed to virtually map Freud's concepts to distinct parts or distinct functions of our brain. In the contrary, all studies in Neuroscience which either tried to evaluate the hypothesis or otherwise bordered the issues that the hypothesis addresses, “prove it wrong” ( <= That is not scientifically speaking. It should be “cannot prove it right” or “cannot make us assume its pertinence” and “... probably” – complying to a widely adopted error-tolerance).

Shorter: There is no such thing as a “Reptilian Brain”. Forget it.

I do not reproduce the way in which I have to address myself for some time. There are ladies in the room. I have even helped to spread this shit around!!

Science is doubt. Not assertion. I had forgotten for a while.

All that follows is *FALSE*:
“Free will” is an illusion. Between the termination of any action and the statement “I wanted to do that” a variable time between half a second and up to ten seconds pass. After that, your cortex has packed up the memory of the event, your action, the decisions taken based on the perceptions and lessons learned from the past and filed that package away for future use. The fact, that your interior library is now enriched by 1 new volume gives the reptilian brain new directives for the future. And it is the reptilian brain that states all of a sudden: “I wanted to do that”. Which is not even false, as it will.
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  1. Old Comment
    And here I was expecting for an expansion of the information on the false command given in its man page.

    Do nothing, unsuccessfully.
    Posted 04-03-2021 at 08:04 AM by jr_bob_dobbs jr_bob_dobbs is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Originally Posted by jr_bob_dobbs View Comment
    And here I was expecting for an expansion of the information on the false command given in its man page.

    Do nothing, unsuccessfully.
    You are probably commenting on-topic, however.
    Posted 04-06-2021 at 12:27 AM by Michael Uplawski Michael Uplawski is offline


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