Anatomy of Consciousness

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The Anatomy of Consciousness
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Consciousness Throughout history, many cultures assumed you cannot be fully human unless you can control your thoughts and feelings. For example: Confucian China Ancient Sparta; Republican Rome; Pilgrim settlements in New England; British upper classes in the Victorian era In other historical periods, this may not have been the case. For example: Contemporary U.S.A.: “uptight” “out of it” “anal” etc. Key assumption in this unit: Those who take the trouble to gain mastery over what happens in consciousness live happier lives. To do this, we need to take a stab at understanding how consciousness works.
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Consciousness Consciousness is the result of complex, biological processes; Though biological, it is not entirely controlled by biology; Function of Consciousness: Represent information outside and inside for evaluation such that it can be acted upon. I.e., it’s a clearing house for sensory input; It established priorities among all input; gives order Without consciousness: We “know” what is going on but can only react in a reflexive/instinctual way; With consciousness: We can deliberately weigh what the senses say and respond accordingly; We can invent that which is not there--day dreams, theories, lies, poems, etc.
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Consciousness Definition 1 : A phenomenological model of consciousness based on information theory. Phenomenological-- in that it deals directly with events--phenomena--as we experience and interpret them; Assumes the best way to understand a mental event is directly as it was experienced Information theory --Knowledge about how sensory data are processed, stored, and used--the dynamics of attention and memory. So, What does it mean to be conscious?
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