Found this just now. Very interesting what he’s describing. Remember, Dr. Eric Kandel is a Nobel Prize winning neuropsychiatrist and has been in his field of study almost 60 years.
As I was listening to this, I couldn’t help but bring into context about martial arts. It’s a shame of how martial arts is not exposed to these types of people because honestly; thinking in the middle of a movement, technique, or a violent encounter can mess one up. One of my first inclinations was something that Bruce Lee stated:
When you are thinking of blocking, it is already too late.
Or something in that effect. How many times are we, training in whatever martial art, thinking and not thinking? I will confess right now that when I’m in the moment, there is minimal conscious thought going on – if any. I remember this lesson vividly of conscious thought being in the moment because the one time I allow conscious thought to come in I landed on my knees after taking a high fall. I walked with a limp for a couple days afterward.
Anyway, hope you guys enjoy this. Till next time.
~ We have reason to believe that some aspects of free will, um, you are not consciously aware of. I don’t think that necessarily means that you are not free, but you’re just not consciously aware of it. (2:06)
~ There are lots of decisions that made better unconsciously than consciously. (3:43)