Adam Blatner

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Mondegreens and the Gestalt Function

Originally posted on August 21, 2017

On mis-hearings.  And wondered that the late Dr. Sacks didn’t mention mon-degreen ("")—i.e.,  mis-hearings. I agree with his challenging of Freud. The point to be made is that the unconscious mind is super-fast, really should be called perhaps the “super-conscious,” and has no difficulty manufacturing (confabulating) meanings that to some degree make sense, even if upon looking again, no, it doesn’t. All these phenomena speak to the capacity of the mind to make sense out of what does not intrinsically make sense. It’s called the “Gestalt function.”

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