The Lie Of The Self

Ghost In The Machine

The time it takes for sensory input to travel along nerves and get processed by the brains means we’re always living in the past. Okay, no problem — we can live with a few lost milliseconds. But ten seconds? A new study shows that once our brains make a decision (like “push this button”) it takes that long for our conscious minds to become aware of it.
(Source: io9)

There. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

Your brain does everything. The you that you consider you, merely invents reasons you did those things and stitches them into some kind of spurious narrative ten seconds after you actually did them.

Your notion of selfhood, the you that is you, is a rationalisation after the event. A fiction.

A lie.