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Old 10-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #293
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Just finished Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow. Nice overview of the present state of our understanding of the unconscious motivations behind our behavior and the choices we make.

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PHILOSOPHERS HAVE FOR centuries debated the nature of “reality,” and whether the world we experience is real or an illusion. But modern neuroscience teaches us that, in a way, all our perceptions must be considered illusions. That’s because we perceive the world only indirectly, by processing and interpreting the raw data of our senses. That’s what our unconscious processing does for us—it creates a model of the world.
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But we are aware of only our conscious influences, and so have only partial information. As a result, our view of ourselves and our motivations, and of society, is like a jigsaw puzzle with most of the pieces missing.
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