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experiences are pretty much the same. The critical factor is the amount of attention focused
on the present activity. - i.e. the amount of order in consciousness Fundamental Insight #3
EVERYTHING is the same!!! (i.e., a complex
network of biological/neurological
- You might like to think that you live in the real
world, but you don’t; you live in your brain. Fundamental Insight #3
What is “knowledge” really?
What is Mom? Wolverine? Love? Truth?
Enlightenment? Ice cream? Your worst
memory? Tennis serve? Chess strategy?
How to drive stick shift? 9/11? A postmaterialistic worldview? Angelina Jolie?
All of these things are (in your mind) neural
conversations. your brain is an incredibly intricate network
of neurons, much like a culture is a network
of people those neurons communicate and form larger
patterns and structures, much like our
culture communicates and forms institutions
and systems of meaning - when neurons release their electro-chemical
messages to other neurons, an association
begins to form between them - the more they communicate, the stronger the
association gets, until it becomes virtually
automatic and instantaneous - these neural conversations are not
independent....imagine how confusing that would
be! Therefore, our neural conversations (i.e.,
concepts, etc.) are interconnected, based on
past associations. As these interdependent
associations build over time, our brains
become increasingly adapted to our
the patterns in the
environments. -theecause they reﬂect between neurons external environment with
associations built All activities of the mind are dynamic
processes, connecting to other dynamic
processes. e.g., liking & similarity, emotion & physiology,
persuasion/marketing and emotion...
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2013 for the course PSY 100H1 taught by Professor Dolderman during the Summer '12 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.
- Summer '12