Chapter

The Functions of the Continuum

Ernest Hartmann

in The Nature and Functions of Dreaming

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751778
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.003.0012
The Functions of the Continuum

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This chapter argues that although the sixth and last point of the contemporary theory—that the entire continuum has a function—is very difficult to prove or even to approach experimentally, it appears to need no proof. It seems self-evident. As we think of human beings living normal human lives (now or in ancestral times), focused-waking-thought is obviously useful. It is clearly important and functional for us to be able to think directly and clearly, to accomplish a task, to make and to carry out plans for the future.

Keywords: focused-waking-thought; human life; function; continuum; focused-waking-thought

Chapter.  1984 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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