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New research indicates that consciousness may rely on quantum mechanics. Perhaps the brain does not operate in a "classical" way.
Consciousness is your awareness of yourself and the world around you. This awareness is subjective and unique to you.
«all our decisions and actions are actually made unconsciously, although we fool ourselves into believing that we consciously made them»
The entire process happens below our consciousness, suppressing unwanted memories so that they never surface to awareness.
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«It’s also a crutch—a perfect balm for insecurity that can secure us in only one specific way, and not always in the way we think.»
We suggest that there is confusion between why consciousness developed and what additional functions, through continued evolution, it has co-opted. Consider episodic memory. If we believe that episodic memory evolved solely to accurately represent past events, it seems like a terrible system—prone to forgetting and false memories. However, if we believe that episodic memory developed to flexibly and creatively combine and rearrange memories of prior events in order to plan for the future, then it is quite a good system. We argue that consciousness originally developed as part of the episodic memory system—quite likely the part needed to accomplish that flexible recombining of information. We posit further that consciousness was subsequently co-opted to produce other functions that are not directly relevant to memory per se, such as problem-solving, abstract thinking, and language. We suggest that this theory is compatible with many phenomena, such as the slow speed and the after-the-fact order of consciousness, that cannot be explained well by other theories. We believe that our theory may have profound implications for understanding intentional action and consciousness in general. Moreover, we suggest that episodic memory and its associated memory systems of sensory, working, and semantic memory as a whole ought to be considered together as the conscious memory system in that they, together, give rise to the phenomenon of consciousness. Lastly, we suggest that the cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that makes consciousness possible, and that every cortical region contributes to this conscious memory system.
At a fundamental level, only a few particles and forces govern all of reality. How do their combinations create human consciousness?
Instead of a code encrypted in the wiring of our neurons, could consciousness reside in the brain’s electromagnetic field?
«Our non-conscious mind appears to be a parallel processor, whereas our conscious mind is a serial processor that can operate only one task at a time.»
“Perhaps dreams are an arena that can enable supracognitive powers to perform calculations and perceptions of reality that may be incomprehensible in our wake state.”
An evolutionary approach to consciousness can resolve the ‘hard problem’ – with radical implications for animal sentience
Two leading voices in evolutionary consciousness science explore the subject through words and images.
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