I learned a lot about my own mind about two years ago when I had minor
surgery. I was told before the surgery that I would not remember the doctor
talking to me immediately after I woke up. After the surgery I woke up and
asked where the doctor was. Sure enough I was told she had been there and
she told me everything was all right. I thought this was incredible because
I had no memory of it at all. I laughed and asked the nurse what I had said.
She said I was very relieved and had thanked the doctor many times. Well,
at least I was in character.
I went home and I really thought about this. If you can have lapses in
memory and not know it, then what IS your consciousness? Certainly NOT as
concrete as we might like.
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