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Each of us "images ourselves as others."

Updated: May 29, 2022

By studying "Study of Consciousness", I would like to think about coaching theory, such as rewriting my unconsciousness.

This series of blog posts are my study notes.


The prefrontal cortex provided a workspace that allowed past and present sources to be appropriately weighted according to reliability and guide holistic decisions even in prehuman primates.

We can infer that in the course of a significant evolution unique to humankind, this workspace has become open to the heartfelt information of others.

We are now able to leverage collective decision-making algorithms through words and gestures. By comparing the knowledge of myself and others, I was able to make better decisions.

As one might expect from the social decision-making hypothesis, many areas are activated during self-reflection. And when pondering the thoughts of others.

The frontal pole of the cerebrum and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex show very similar response patterns when making decisions about self or others.

We can say that this network is an ideal mechanism for evaluating the reliability of one's knowledge and comparing it with information from others.

The human brain has a series of nervous tissues to image social knowledge.

Our brain uses the same database to encode knowledge about ourselves and collect information about others.

As the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur points out, each of us "images ourselves as the other."

We live while observing the behaviour of ourselves and others.

Our brain makes decisions from time to time, making statistical inferences about what we observe.

Self-identity is learned through statistical reasoning based on observational data.

Introspection gives a good view of one's conscious motivations and strategies,

We have no means of deciphering the motives and strategies of others.

Moreover, even one's true self cannot know in pure form.

We are barely aware of the unconscious determinants that effectively govern our behaviour.

Even the person himself cannot accurately predict their behaviour in situations beyond the scope of experience.

"Self" is a database that stores information obtained through social experience in the same format that applies to understanding the minds of others.

There are also gaps, misunderstandings and delusions about self-understanding.

In this sense, consciousness is a virtual reality simulator of the mind.

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