“According to Wegner, it is instead the potter’s brain that has the reasons, in the form of a ‘readiness potential’ (RP), at least 350 milliseconds before the potter’s conscious awareness of the wish to act.” Malafouris 220
Does a RP precede every conscious action? Is this why artists and creators let their work flow through them instead of imposing themselves onto the work? If the conscious mind was involved in every action would this be too slow? Perhaps this is a place to contrast humans and animals. Are animals able to react quicker than humans to stimuli because they don’t have to bounce a thought off their conscious awareness before they act? We are forced to funnel our thoughts through an “ego filter” before we are able to make any sort of action, serving to alienate us from our environment and a common reference of time.