[lit-ideas] Conscious after the fact?

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, ANTHRO-L <ANTHRO-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 12:30:31 +0900

We have known at least since Leibniz's New Essays on Human Understanding that
there must be mental processes of which we are unconscious. How else,
Leibniz asks, could a ringing bell wake us? We must hear it before we are
aware of its sound.
Now neuroscientists suggest that we make decisions up to 10 seconds before
we are conscious of making them.  See



John McCreery
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