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April 09, 2007

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Tony Linde

I wonder what Freud would have made of the discovery that consciousness of decisions occurs *after* the decision has been made by other parts of the brain. It makes one wonder whether consciousness is really necessary to our functioning as humans. My own guess would be that it is necessary and provides some sort of staging post for reprocessing but it would be interesting to try to conceive of a non-conscious human: would it be a moral being? could it still be said to be accountable?

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