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  1. We can't, of course. These are all word games without any scientific basis.

    The only experiment relevant to the question after which this idea gained new popularity-recorded the time when arousal is registered in the brain and the time when a person is aware of the decision made corresponding to this arousal. Oh, the incredible surprise, the excitement in the brain a fraction of a second before awareness!

    And so, from the pages of the press and vkontakte poured: the brain makes a decision in fractions of seconds (and in some texts I read variants: in 4 seconds, in 30 seconds-think about this nonsense) before we realize the decision.

    The question immediately arises. And how do we recognize the decision? With your hand pressing the confirmation button? A language that communicates awareness? Twitching of the eye, which indicates a reaction? Maybe with a heart that, ah, froze at what it saw?�

    Or maybe the brain?

    And the words (speech apparatus), hands, eyes are already organs that received a signal to twitch in a split second and twitched at the command of the brain? And then there's nothing strange about the delay?

    Here is an example of the least yellow retelling of these experiments:

    rg.ru Blah blah blah “In other words, the brain makes decisions for us, we only fulfill its wishes.”

    There's also an example of the same wordplay:

    And in experiments at the Institute of the Human Brain of the Russian Academy of Sciences, it was shown that the brain catches a person in a lie. If he wants to lie, his brain warns him: you're doing the wrong thing.

    Ooo! The brain catches a person in a lie!!!�

    Now we read what actually happened:

    It is fundamentally important that when electrons are introduced, they can not only affect the brain, but also register information from the brain. Thus, intracerebral analogs of EEG, data on cerebral blood flow were obtained, so-called super-slow processes were studied, and later — the impulse activity of neurons. For this purpose, in particular, the patient was asked to solve certain psychological tasks. Sometimes he did them correctly, and sometimes he was wrong. It turned out that when a person makes a mistake, the concentration of oxygen in the brain changes. Oxygen levels reflect brain blood flow, which in turn is associated with the activity of neurons in a particular area. So they found an area that controls the correct activity of the brain. This mechanism is called an error detector.


    There is no reason to separate the area of the brain that performs a certain function (self-control) into a separate carrier of a separate consciousness.�

    It's a good thing that the error detector doesn't have its own error detector )

  2. The reason lies in the history of philosophical thought, in the 17th and 18th century. Then they began to believe that the most important thing in a person is the Mind (that's right, with a capital letter, Ratio).�

    And the receptacle of the Mind is the brain (this is a little later, but you have caught the essence). That is, a person as a whole is like a machine and an animal, but the Mind is yes, it is the highest element in us.

    Since then, both philosophy and science have “gone far ahead” and it has become more difficult to look at a person. But in everyday terms, the perception of that time still dominates. It's the same in science: quantum physics has existed for about 100 years, but at the everyday level, we still perceive the world within the framework of the picture of classical physics.

    By the way, in modern neurophysiology, it is known that the brain actually makes decisions before we know about them, so it behaves quite like an independent “subject”.

  3. Because our brain, does not allow us to “their” secrets, or does it very reluctantly, although it is not the secrets of him alone, but our common ones. Why “he” does this to me, I do not know. Therefore, in fact, they speak of the brain as something separate from a person.

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