Intentional mind-wandering as intentional omission: the surrealist method

Synthese 199 (3-4):7727-7748 (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Mind-wandering seems to be paradigmatically unintentional. However, experimental findings have yielded the paradoxical result that mind-wandering can also be intentional. In this paper, we first present the paradox of intentional mind-wandering and then explain intentional mind-wandering as the intentional omission to control one’s own thoughts. Finally, we present the surrealist method for artistic production to illustrate how intentional omission of control over thoughts can be deployed towards creative endeavors.

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Santiago Arango-Munoz
Universidad de Antioquia
Juan Pablo Bermúdez
Universidad Externado De Colombia

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