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What’s an “umwelt”?

by Greg Krehbiel on 1 May 2012

Here’s an interesting read.

Who’s in charge — you or your brain?

That’s the title of the page, and it raises an interesting question. Is there a distinction between “you” and “your brain”?

The title of the article is “The brain… it makes you think. Doesn’t it? Are we governed by unconscious processes? Neuroscience believes so – but isn’t the human condition more complicated than that? Two experts offer different views”

I didn’t know that neuroscience could believe anything. You learn something every day, I guess.

And to answer the question in the title of this post …

We don’t have a strong grasp of what reality “out there” even is, because we detect such an unbearably small slice of it. That small slice is called the umwelt.

-- 2012-05-01  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 4

  1. Herr Doktor Robin R.
    1 May 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    But the brain itself is something “out there”.

    “Umwelt” is the word that is used for “environment” nowadays.

  2. Greg Krehbiel GregK
    1 May 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Spoken like a true phenomenologist. I think. :-)

  3. Herr Doktor Robin R.
    1 May 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I meant “used in German” of course.

    Yeah, I guess I’m saying what you would expect a phenomenologist to say. But seriously, I don’t see why a house or the moon is “out there” any more than The Brain.

  4. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    1 May 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    I agree with you. I certainly have more direct experience of “myself” than I have of my brain.