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Alternatives to Cognition by Christina Lee

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Chapter 6

Unseating Cognition: Behavior Independent of Conscious Thought

There would seem to be little doubt that a considerable amount of human behavior occurs without awareness of the behavior at the time of its occurrence.

—Eriksen (1960, p. 297)

In the previous chapters, I presented evidence and arguments that cause difficulties for a model that regards cognition as the prime cause of all human behavior. Chapters 4 and 5 demonstrated that the invocation of cognitive determinants cannot provide a complete explanation for many aspects of human behavior and emotion and outlined arguments for the rejection of cognition-centered views of human behavior. This chapter continues the argument for the possibility that at least some human behavior ...

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