When Seeing Is Not Believing

October 3, 2014 10:38 PM

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When Seeing Is Not Believing

For decades, studies of how our brains work by neurophysiologists and psychologists have turned up a massive User's Manual that seems to explain how and why we think the way we do, the nature of our subconscious, how emotions affect our perceptions, and even why superstitions and magical thinking exist as a result of their good survival value. The reason that so many people distrust these findings is that they sometimes tell us unpleasant things about our deepest-held beliefs about who we are.

You get up from your chair and go over to the refrigerator to get a glass of water. Then you come back to the computer and continue reading. You will say that you "made up your mind" to have a drink and freely chose to interrupt your reading at that particular moment to quench your thirst. From brai...

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