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Conscious access = "Being aware of information that draws attention and communicating it to others."

Updated: May 29, 2022

"Consciousness and Brain: How Thoughts are Coded" (Stanislas Duanne, by Hiroshi Takahashi) is organized as a textbook.


 

The "birth of consciousness" problem has plagued many predecessors. But now, the philosophical mystery has been transformed into a phenomenon that they can verify experimentally.


When they said that "consciousness" could not be used, there was a sense of alienation.


This change is made possible by the following three factors.

  1. A clear definition of consciousness

  2. Discovery that they can manipulate conscious perception experimentally.

  3. Respect for subjective phenomena


"Consciousness", when used as a colloquial term, has an ambiguous meaning, so clarify this.

  1. The degree of awakening when awake in the vigilance state.

  2. Attention, to focus on specific information.

  3. Being aware of some of the information you are paying attention to and conveying it to others.

Duanne calls this conscious access and argues that this is the only thing considered pure consciousness. (A separate detailed explanation will appear in a later chapter)






When humans are awake, they are usually aware of intentionally focused Information.


However, the subject may be displayed for a moment, invisible to the eye.

We can process Information unknowingly.

(-I can't wait for this explanation, but it will be a little later chapter)


The brain sees things from "I", who looks around from a peculiar perspective.

"I" can look down on himself and comment on his actions.

I even know that "I" doesn't know anything.


As you read through the following chapters,

Even these higher dimensional consciousnesses can now be the subject of experiments.


The Duanne lab has established a report-based quantification of what "I" feels about both surrounding events and myself.


To experience out-of-body experience while lying on a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) device.

It has even become possible to manipulate the subject's senses of self.


It seems that some philosophers still argue that these experiments alone are not enough to solve the problem of consciousness.


In Duanne's laboratory, we define consciousness as conscious access and then quantitatively elucidate it through experiments.

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