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58910Re: So get tough and view yourself as what you are

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  • Mary
    Jan 4, 2013
      I think it's immensely helpful if one uses the term 'mental scripts' rather than 'bad habits,' and recognizes the brain has a quality of plasticity which affords some personal control. So much of thought is automatic and without any cognitive awareness, which is useful for some functions but detrimental for others. Bohm wanted us to face 'sustained incoherence' for which plasticity offers hope. Sustained incoherence is simply conflicting mental scripts.


      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eduardathome wrote:
      > I would suggest that you ARE your brain. And your brain IS you. All of your
      > characteristics and behaviours are learned by your brain over time and
      > it/you react accordingly. If you are an idea ... it is an idea that is
      > created [learned] and stored in your brain.
      > I have a lot of faults. Some big ones which were learned as a child. I
      > can't get rid of them without knowing how they are produced. It is not
      > sufficient to say that I have this or that behaviour and would do better if
      > I tried to improve on them. That's very vague. Its much better if I
      > recognize that I am running particular mental scripts and can deal with them
      > on that basis. My efforts can be directed to modifying scripts or creating
      > new replacement scripts. Some I have gotten rid of, but it takes an effort.
      > It's not that easy to rewrite a script.
      > eduardathome
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Mary
      > Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 12:08 PM
      > To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [existlist] So get tough and view yourself as what you are
      > I am not just a brain providing my own input. If I create and control my own
      > reality, if my reality is nothing more than a self-perpetuating
      > hallucination, then nihilism is as appropriate a response as ethical atheism
      > or any other perspective. I am inextricably interconnected with other
      > solipsistic hallucinations, but at some point I presume there is "external"
      > input. The frontier of "other" remains a persistent, sometimes hostile and
      > bewildering territory. Even a cursory examination of the obvious ways we are
      > interrelated with one another reveals a structure of physical and
      > intellectual entwinement which is undeniable. We can argue about degrees of
      > entanglement and whether the brain is self-directing, but these are ideas.
      > Ultimately I am an idea, which is as real as it gets.
      > Mary
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