What is consciousness?

Consciousness is the illusion that what we observe, what our body and brain do, is controlled and consciously wanted by us.We fantasize the conscious will into the already unconscious decision.

In fact, making rational decisions where we wait and actually weigh up and calculate pros and contas is extremely rare.School careers often depend on which teacher is sympathetic to you (or conversely) and whether or not the environment (parents) value education. The “choice” is often without any real knowledge of the profession to be learned, one takes what one simply gets, so that one does not spend a year, or. because the parents do not accept this. This arouses discomfort, although it might be more rational to seize one of the great opportunities for next year, rather than content ingenuity with the remnants. And so one makes the decision to evade the being well-being and accept the place where no one has wanted to go before and which is therefore still free in a professional field, which has never irritated you. Suddenly, they realized the great challenge and decided on a new way of life – although in reality they were only afraid that the parents would complain if you did not start training this year.

Later you apply for any jobs, you don’t ask any critical questions in the job interview, because that could jeopardize the promise.The employer who first agrees to work for him. If you are lucky, he pays well, otherwise he just doesn’t pay as well. The question of whether this fits into the desired CV hardly arises and an offer is rejected, because it does not fit, you have to come up with the idea first, when you intuitively accept the offer, because you do it that way. It is often not a conscious decision.

You then talk about it afterwards.

I once deliberately quit because I liked this activity as an experience, but did not want to be on my CV permanently.My CV was supposed to take a different direction and I got the next assignment in an area that I just wanted to do for once.

There is the experiment with lobotomized people (brain connection between the partial halves severed), which shows this illusion very nicely.If you show such a person on the eye on his primary language center is a note with a task (for example, ‘get up and get a drink’), the image goes to the other, secondary half of the brain. Lack of contact with the primary half of the brain, however, the primary knows nothing of it. Man gets up, the primary half moves along, the human being goes. But if you ask the person why they are leaving the interview, the primary half of the brain, who now has to answer, does not know the reason, because only the secondary half has been able to read the task. The language centre is faced with the need to give an answer – and then responds. For example, that the person wants to go to the toilet. There must be some reason…

The brain is a sense-search machine.Information should make sense. When we observe that we suddenly get up or give in to some urge, we want to know why. Or we have to justify it to the environment. We watch ourselves as we act and believe that we are doing this consciously.

But in principle, the matter is quite simple: watch yourself in a normal conversation.Your counterpart asks you something, they answer. You are consciously experiencing this. And then, at the beginning of the sentence, as they speak, they wonder if they already know how the sentence they are speaking is going to end. Have you decided the amount of information and emphasis in advance or was it rather intuitive. Although the plot is already underway, they are not yet aware of what will come out of it in the end.

Let us think of Grete Weiser:

“How do I know what I think before I hear what I say.”

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