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    meltingasphalt.com25 min
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    • deephdave
      Top reader of all time
      1 year ago

      Obsessions, compulsions, addictions, and other "inner demons" aren't the only agents with real power to control and explain our behavior; our brains are host to 'benevolent' agents as well. Our consciences, for example. These are agents that live inside our brains, who are being trained throughout our lives, but especially in childhood, by our interactions with parents, authority figures, and other moral teachers, and by various rewards and (especially) punishments.

    • Raven1 year ago

      Ego may be the single biggest factor in preventing us from truly being able to understand ourselves. With articles like this maybe there’s a movement again for a level of common understanding that creates a social paradigm of a commonly accepted reality that includes diversity and autonomy. Great Scout!

    • DellwoodBarker1 year ago

      Fascinating Read.

    • bartadamley
      1 year ago

      Really trippy read, I cannot remember how I found this one. But I intend to read the other parts of the series.

      This piece deals with questions of Agency and consciousness from a neuroscientific, psychological perspective.

      "Maybe the neurons in our brains are not just capable, but motivated, to be more adventurous, exploratory, or risky in the way they live their lives. They're struggling amongst themselves for influence and for staying alive. As soon as that happens, you have room for cooperation, to create alliances, coalitions, cabals, etc."