Unconscious cartesian demon.
"Who knows what I think better than I?" Lots of people. I believe that
we are being systematically misled by our own unconscious minds, about
how our minds work. This essay explains why.
A picture of the mind is proposed in which there are large unconscious depths,
and in which we are being misled into thinking that the mind is more rational
than is actually the case. Within this framework, introspection would lead to the
following situation: there would be a multiplicity of theories, a systematic
over-valuation of rationality, and a lack of insight into the functioning of the
unconscious. Dennett's theory of vision is compared with a neuroscientific theory,
and it is indicated how Dennett was led to suspect conclusions by his introspective
methods. It is concluded that introspection alone is an unreliable method
in the philosophy of the mind.