Controlling people : the paradoxical nature of being human by Richard S. Marken, Timothy A. Carey

By Richard S. Marken, Timothy A. Carey

In keeping with Perceptual keep watch over idea (PCT), this unique e-book explores the ambiguity of why we frequently lose regulate through attempting to be up to the mark and why our controlling nature makes it tricky to forestall this self-defeating habit. knowing PCT opens the window to realizing and studying approximately ourselves as controlling humans and equips us to steer more advantageous and enjoyable lives.

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So the control hierarchy can be considered the automatic, mechanical part of us. It’s the ‘machine’ that allows us to carry out our purposes (once we have tuned it properly) but there is, indeed, a ghost in it. The ghost of ‘consciousness’. It’s not a scary ghost. Indeed, it’s a very helpful ghost. We will discuss the important role of this ghost in the machine in the next chapter. 51 Controlling People: The Paradoxical Nature of Being Human It’s Turtles All the Way Up You may have noticed that there is a bit of a problem if the multitudes of control systems that we contain are arranged in a hierarchy.

In fact, we are multitudes of control systems. And all of these control systems are operating at the same time. This means that we are controlling lots of different perceptions simultaneously. For example, we can control our perception of walking while we control our perception of chewing gum while we control our perception of putting in their place the person who says we can’t do both at the same time. Moreover, the multitudes of control systems that make up a controlling person seem to be arranged in a hierarchy where the systems at the lower levels are used as the means of achieving the goals of systems at the higher levels.

And it does seem that people rarely do change their goals about the kind of person they perceive themselves 52 Chapter 4 — We Contain Multitudes to be. Yankee fans rarely become Red Sox fans, and vice versa. But it does happen. And according to PCT it happens as a result of the operation of that ghost in the machine that we mentioned earlier. Consciousness seems to be in charge in some way of making fundamental changes to the control hierarchy when such changes seem needed. And changing one’s goals about what kind of person one wants to be is a very fundamental change to one’s control hierarchy.

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