john asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

If you are your brain, why can't you access all thoughts and memory?

Update:

How can the brian(you) not know every aspect of itself? 

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  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    We're all very substandard brains....

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  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I don't know the actual answer but in any case, your assumption of knowing is completely wrong. The brain knows hardly anything about its own working. You don't know how to lift up your arm (you can will it to happen but you don't consciously know which muscles to contract and when), you don't know how to control your body temperature, heart rate etc. In fact the conscious recollection of memory is a system in its own right that has very little to do with the general functioning of the brain. 

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  • 1 month ago

    One reason is that people forget memories as they create new ones through experiences, new people and their environment. Another one is sometimes the brain doesn’t want you to remember something (common in people with PTSD or that were triggered by something to cause a mental illness). Hope this helps!

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