ANATOLY IVANOV / PROSE / 2020-05-06

YOU MAY THINK WHATEVER NONSENSE YOU LIKE TILL REALITY SLAMS YOU

by Anatoly IVANOV

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS

It’s real simple. The brain is an organ which, like any other organ in the body, maintains an acceptable state of balance to remain alive. Your consciousness is a (small) part of this organ’s activity.

To keep the brain in balance, the consciousness creates stories about stuff going on inside and outside. It can be true stories, or false stories. It can be scientific data and objective testable models… or it can be fairies and gods. Your brain doesn’t care.

It only cares about the overall “I’m OK”.

You might think complete nonsense about how airplanes fly or what other people feel. It doesn’t matter. Until you experience fear of flying or continuously misread people and their reactions.

And our society doesn’t reward consistent, rational thought, or cause and effect congruence. Quite the contrary. Raja yoga and PHDs are for the weirdos.

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