The Internals of the Subconscious.

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After much deliberation, I would like to meet with Sigmund Freud, articulator of the id, the ego, and the superego. The mind has always been a mystery to the sciences because no one is perfectly sure of its function. With medical advances, scientists can block dopamine and stop the reuptake of nor-epinephrine, but no single person has made an advance as significant as Freud's in the early 1900s. Through a complete understanding of the mind, so much is gained. Humans would be able to understand behaviors, carnal desires, reality vs. the surreal, and much more.

I would first like to discuss how Freud derived the structure of the mind. He has become the inspiration for me to study the brain in more detail. As Freud would most certainly agree, through understanding the brain - its desires and needs - one is able to understand a person. I would ask him to put me under psychoanalysis and repress my superego as much as possible.

This would be my quest for self understanding. If the hidden portions of my brain were uncovered I would be able to understand, at least to a better degree, what my purpose in life is. It would help me answer the ultimate questions that Douglas Adams postulated in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: about life, the universe, and everything. Only the great Sigmund Freud could help me with this plaguing quest for understanding.

"Dr. Freud," I would ask next, "the superego has been the driving force of my life, but seeing the corruption of the world makes me wonder about the manifestations of good and bad that my mind perceives. Is this dichotomy one that I should attempt to reject?" This could stir a conversation between Freud and me about whether I should attempt to...