A Glimpse of the Experiencing Self

In two selves, theory, the experiencing self does not transform experience into language, yet it works perfectly well. When returning to a sink full of soapy dishwater, we know the water is too cold for use simply by putting our hands in it. This knowing originates from neither “reflexive” nor rational-cognitive processing. Of course, after we understand the water is too cold, the rational-cognitive system will co-opt the experiencing system trying to make us believe we evaluated the coldness using language and thought, but we haven’t.

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