reflex

A Quote by David Bohm on system, thought, reflex, question, awareness, intelligence, perception, and coherence

So it's worth pondering that this whole system, which we are calling 'thought', works as a system of reflexes.  The question is: can you become aware of the reflex character of thought--that it is a reflex, that it is a whole system of reflexes which is constantly capable of being modified, added to, changed?  And we could say that as long as the reflexes are free to change then there must be some kind of intelligence or perception, something a bit beyond the reflex, which would be able to see whether it's coherent or not.  But when it gets conditioned too strongly it may resist that perception; it may not allow it.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 53

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on thought, reflex, pattern, and system

Thought reflexes get conditioned very strongly, and they are very hard to change.  And the also interfere.  A reflex may connect to the endorphins and produce an impulse to hold that whole pattern forther.  In other words, it produces a defensive reflex.  Not merely is it stuck because it's chemically so well built up, but also there is a defensive reflex which defends against evidence which might weaken it.  Thus it all happens, one reflex after another after another.  It's just a vast system of reflexes.  And they form a 'structure' as they get more rigid.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 54

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on thought, reflex, mind, personality, and culture

It's useful to look at [thought] as a system of reflexes.  A reflex just operates, as we've seen in the case of the knee-jerk.  However, we don't usually think that thought is like the knee-jerk reflex.  We think we are controlling thought and producing thought.  That way of thinking is part of our whole background.  But I'm suggesting that it's not generally so--that a vast part of our thought just comes out from the reflex system.  You only find out what the thought is after it comes out.  Now, this really overturns a great deal of the way we look at the mind or the personality or our entire cultural background.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 53

Contributed by: Chris

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