BlinktothePast

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Discar Page 1 of 6 Word Count: 1548 Tim Discar March 19, 2011 UWP 101 Haynes A Blink to the Past The human mind is by far one of the most captivating mysteries researchers have yet to fully unlock. Contrary to common belief, many have tried to explain that such uncertainty to the vast potentials of the brain is not due to only using ten percent but rather many other cognitive abilities. Subconsciously, one is allowed to process, think and react without actual recognition of it occurring. In the book entitled, “Blink ,” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author dives into an in- depth analysis of human cognitive skills. While the potential for the human mind may seem endless, author Elizabeth F. Loftus reveals certain flaws in memory through an article, “Memory Faults and Fixes.” While Gladwell believes that memory can be used subconsciously for one’s own benefit, Loftus believes that memory cannot be fixed thus not reliable for one’s own use. Through faults in memory recollection by memory malleability, the human adaptive subconscious ability of rapid cognition is impeded. In the book entitled, “Blink ,” by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell dives into an in-depth analysis of human cognitive skills. Here, Gladwell introduces the concept of the adaptive unconscious, which is the innate ability to almost instantaneously recall information, calculate numerous equations, or contemplate various probabilities: All at the same time. As Gladwell argues, “The adaptive unconscious is not to be confused with the unconscious described by Sigmund Freud…this new notion of the adaptive unconscious is thought of, instead, as a kind of giant computer that quickly and quietly processes a lot of the data we need in order to keep
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Discar Page 2 of 6 Word Count: 1548 functioning as human beings” (Blink 11). Thus, the human mind is capable of processing a lot of information in a small amount of time without the time and effort of conventional thinking. In the past, time was of the essence. Our ancestors had to make analytical decisions in a blink of an eye for survival. With years and years of natural selection alongside generations of successful progeny, the human mind has developed into a computer capable of reacting quickly to many of life’s most critical of situations. The basis of this quick recollection is one’s memory. Years upon years of natural
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