How irrational in reason? [How finite in faculty?]
Too Predictable? Did I have a choice? Can we make choices?
The more we learn about the brain and our behavior the more fascinating it gets. We are not the rational creature many set us out to be. Many of our decisions are made on a gut feeling and then rationalized by our conscious thought after. We know this because in numerous studies of Dan and his likes can predict our irrational and emotional behavior.
Talk to the hand [Because no-one is home listening]
The best mental model and metaphor for our brain is that of a very large elephant that makes up most parts of our brain that are in a constant debate of what decisions make. Then we have the small rider that is our conscious thought and reasoning.
The Elephant stands for our intuition that makes constant and instantaneous decisions. The Rider then works like Press secretary that makes up a story that correlates and justifies with the decision made by The Elephant. With the help of this Press secretary, we are able to lie and cheat often, and then cover it up so effectively that we convince even ourselves
The Elephant itself consist of many small parts of the brain that is in constant “conflict” with each others on what decisions to make.
The Rider is there to guide the Elephant where to go and what decisions to make but the Elephant and it’s many parts are in charge.
What can we do?
We must keep an open mind to that we are this animal creature. And we must help each other to spot when we making wrong decisions. So that when someone tells you are doing it wrong me can step out of our self and try to se what we can do differently instead of getting defensive.
It’s not an easy task. But we can strive to make Shakespeare’s quote come true 🙂
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty!
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