George G Clark, 20 November 2009
I get the jitters at the idea of not being ‘rational’. This needs unpicking.
I am assuming that:
conscious = rational and
unconscious = irrational.
But we have the option of thinking of ‘causes and conditions’. These undercut ‘rationality’.
We need not assume ‘magic’ in terms of brain functioning: there are causes for all mental processes - and they are usually more multi-faced than conscious rationality supposes.
There is thus the possibility of unpicking as follows:
conscious = linear processing (bracketed reductionist) (the single bottom line) and
unconscious = parallel processing (integrated holistic) (the multiple lines of interaction)
But I still get the jitters!