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Anna G.'s picture

I like the point you bring

I like the point you bring up here, at what point are we responsible for our actions and at what point is it actions that our brain is taking without the seat of consciousness in our brain, the I-function guiding it?


I think that the reason we still hold people accountable for actions that they may or may not be consciously thinking of is 1. We don't realize when they are CHOOSING to do something over just, doing it because their brain is and 2. Because even though the I-function may not be dictating every single action, it's still working.


For example, a lot of people have said they can play and instrument or drive without thinking about it. But before they were able to do this "without thinking" a lot of thinking and practice went into it. The I-function and conscious thought played a major role in shaping, at least in this case, those actions.  I also think feedback plays a role in this. When playing an instrument or driving, when the feedback is positive, the notes sound right, you recognize the roads, its a lot easier to drive without thinking. But as soon as one mistake is made, the I-function wakes up in a hurry to correct the mistake, leading me to believe it wasn't really a sleep, simply taking a backseat to other areas of the brain.


Imaging studies have been done in people that are musicians, and found that certain areas of been enlarged. Perhaps this increase in brain connections is responsible for the musician's seemingly thoughtless brilliance. 




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