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We know that the brains of lizards are hard-wired. Virtually all of their brain cells are programmed to a particular purpose. In the main, lizards can’t learn how to behave differently or make wiser choices. The same is not true of humans. We can learn. Our brains contain billions of cells that are plastic or malleable. We know that our brains aren’t blank slates, though. We come into the world with biology and neural circuitry set without our knowledge or consent.
In addition, we are born into a civilization well underway. Before we have any recognition of what’s going on, we’re here, now, seeing, hearing, sensing, absorbing and, before too long, even “egoing.” And then what? Well, we find ourselves with problems that can be attributed to our enculturation. We have involuntarily and uncontrollably acquired what turns out to be the disorders of dispossession (we’re not in possession of ourselves) and psychologism (we conceive of our ego as a fixed but metaphysical thing).