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Here’s a small but important scenario, one about the bias of the intellect: Dan Kahneman, the Nobel Prize winning psychologist working in the field of behavioral economics, tells a story about a man listening to music. For 20 minutes it was a glorious experience. At the very end, however, there was a terrible sound that he said “ruined the whole thing.”

Everyone gets stuck in distorted views or overly-rigid ways causing problems to layer on top of one another. The sound at the end ruined the event for him, “the money spent was thrown away for nothing.” Perhaps the entire evening became distasteful because of this one “terrible” noise. Important questions we can ask ourselves are: “What is this bias and how does it cause stuckness?,” “How did it begin,” “How much does it effect me?” and “How does one get out of it? By resolving this mistake – of being stuck in conceptual bias – life significantly improves.

By staying with his direct experience the person listening to music would have had a grand 20 minutes of wonderful music – some true joy through the direct experience of living perceptually. It’s a pity he believed and behaved as if he had a bad time. If he could have switched his view, from his concepts and beliefs to his perceptual experience, his life would have been much better. But, he didn’t because he couldn’t. Conceptual transformations of his experience co-opted his perceptual processing …attending to the sound of glorious music.

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