[Paleopsych] why is the amygdala so sneaky?

HowlBloom at aol.com HowlBloom at aol.com
Thu Jul 1 04:44:54 UTC 2004

Sounds like Freud intuited a lot of material that modern neurobiology would 

All thanks, David.  

Meanwhile, let's hope this message makes it out of my laptop and into the 
paleopsych listserv, which may be bouncing my emails because they come from aol.  

In a message dated 7/1/2004 12:33:14 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
dsmith06 at maine.rr.com writes:
Actually, Freud thought that repression is an unconscious act.   

Freud thought that conscious states must have sensory qualities in order to 
be conscious.  Counscious is a fabric of smells, tastes, sounds, sights etc.  
It follows that mental states devoid of these 'qualia' (as they are nowadays 
called) must be unconscious.  Thought, then, has to be unconscious.

How, then, do these nonsensory thoughts become conscious?  Freud thought that 
they have to become associated with language.  Language can serve as a 
go-between mediating the relationship between thought and consciousness because it 
shares the same abstract structure as thought but it is also a richly sensory 
symbol system.  

Freud thought that repression is a motiviated failure to translate 
unconscious thought into language, a failure to articulate our own thoughts to 
ourselves.  According to this thesis repression can't be conscious because it undercuts 

Howard Bloom
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History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 
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