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Mindfulness is on the upswing. Meditation is fast becoming mainstream, and research into the workings of the human mind is burgeoning. Most would agree that “mindfulness” is somehow good for one, even if they would be hard-pressed to define what it is or why.

But is there a flip-side to this emerging consensus? Is there a specific problem that mindfulness actually solves? I say there is, and that it is called “absent-mindedness” but I can’t claim to have made this up. Absent-mindedness is defined by Leslie Dewart in Evolution and Consciousness as a culturally-perpetuated defect of consciousness which prevents people from appreciating their own assertiveness.

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