The little thingy that’s not

The science people say this: my expectations of what I’ll enjoy or dislike have nothing to do with what I turn out to enjoy and dislike.

I think researchers were surprised to discover this. A confusing thing about our awareness is: it appears real to us. Thousands of years of reflection and conviction are the result. Commonly, we view ourselves as existing because we think so. And more: we regard our self-impressions as definite beings, with reliable fears and preferences, responsive to education, counseling, and medications. We think we have histories and effects. We think we can please or defend ourselves.

None of this is real.

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