by Anna Piasecki
In this interesting TED talk, philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don’t we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us. As a linguist, you may find yourself disagreeing with such a strong standpoint; or perhaps you do (following or in anticipation of your Psycholinguistics module?!) — find out for yourself here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_our_consciousness.
Also, check out some corroborating argument and evidence in this recent BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26258662.