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Single Idea 2414

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 4. Errors in Introspection]

Full Idea

If one is distracted one may make judgements about one's experiences that are quite false.

Gist of Idea

When distracted we can totally misjudge our own experiences


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 2.5.5)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.197

A Reaction

Of course, when one is distracted one can make mistakes about anything. This does imply that if there is indeed infallible knowledge to be had from introspection, it will at least require full concentration to achieve it. Cf Idea 8883.

Related Idea

Idea 8883 Do beliefs only become foundationally justified if we fully attend to features of our experience? [Sosa]