Week 5 – Know Thyself | The adaptive unconscious – my brain is a computer with programs running in the background

know5My favorite novel of all time is Jane Eyre

I found it interesting when I saw that Jane Eyre was mentioned in the title of one of the lectures, and now I must say that the fifth week of Know Thyself has made me even more glad that I am participating in this adventure!  Prof Green’s lectures this week together with the readings from UVa Professsor Tim Wilson’s book, Strangers to Ourselves, and the added interview of Prof Wilson were absolutely fascinating.

I read Jane Eyre when I was in high school, and from that moment became addicted to psychological novels.  Of course, later on I thought, “Wait a minute!  A crazy wife hidden in the attic … .”  I recently reread Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead to try to understand what people were attracted to in these novels and experienced  a lot more “Wait a minute … !”  moments.  I have noticed my tablet Zite magazine is full of social-psychology articles. I guess I can blame Charlotte Bronte for firing up this program running in the background in my brain!

Want to enjoy meditating, relaxing, thinking, and learning?  There is still time to sign up and join us in this adventure: www.coursera.org/course/knowthyself

This is the fifth of my weekly reflections on Coursera/ Know Thyself by UVa Professor Mitch Green.