Monday, March 31, 2008
brain brain what is brain
Volition can serve as a good analogy when you're trying to understand how insensate things behave. “The current's going to look for the shortest path to ground.” “The corporation will do whatever it needs to to protect itself.” Even where no intention exists, we see nature acting as if there is conscious will. Like you and me: We do stuff. We have reasons for doing stuff. I think it happens in that order, too. The prefrontal cortex is like a harried PR flack trying to come up with plausible explanations for the stupid crap the lizard brain makes us do.