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On absent-mindedness, instinctive and willful actions

In our daily life, we perform many actions without complete cognitive control.  You may drive the car while lost deep in thought and later exclaim that you can’t recall the route you traveled.  Or you have the nagging feeling that you have forgotten to lock the door but after checking you discover that you had indeed locked it.  The German mathematician David Hilbert(1862-1943) was so absent-minded that once he went to the bedroom to change clothes for an evening dinner, but instead ended up going directly to sleep.  This article examines the basis of such phenomena from the standpoint of cognitive psychology, neuroscience and integral psychology.

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Similarity between Neurological and Yogic models of human memory

Neuroscientists have identified various types of human memory based on differences in cortical processing.   Sri Aurobindo classified human memory into three types.  Ancient Indian Yoga psychology works have made a distinction between various parts of memory(i.e. Chitta).   We will explore to determine if there is any correspondence between all these various classifications of human memory.

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