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Experiments have shown that consciousness is beneficial.

Updated: May 29, 2022

By studying "Study of Consciousness", I would like to think about my method and the coaching theory, such as unconscious rewriting.

This series of blog posts is my study note.


It is true that there are many negative opinions about Consciousness this time, but is it really "useless"?

First, we will consider the effectiveness of Consciousness, but it seems adequate to think in terms of cognitive science.

A French writer named Alexander Virat said, "Consciousness has nothing to do but make us sick like the appendix."

In the 1999 movie Being John Malkovich, puppeteer Craig Schwartz said, "Consciousness is cursed. I think, feel, and suffer. My hope." It's something that comes to work, "he lamented.

Negatively, it raises the question that Consciousness may be a kind of decorative pattern formed by chance, in other words, a coincidental product of the dramatic increase in the size of the brain in Homo.

Is it a useless and anguish unavoidable product that inevitably arises from the brain's structure, like the noise of a jet engine?

British psychologist Max Vermans argues that various cognitive functions work independently of awareness.

But we should realize that they are working effortlessly.

Well-known Danish scientific critic Toll Nor let Lander's coin the term "user illusion" to describe the feeling that he was in control of things, and all of our decisions came from the unconscious. Claims that.

Many other psychologists agree, claiming that "consciousness is a useless observer, a backseat driver, who is watching unconscious activities and cannot do anything on his own."

Cognitive science

"It was cognitive science that was based on the structuralism that regards the mind and brain as a system, but with the functionalism that explores the function of the system in the foreground, and achieved the integration of structure and function by the concept of information." Mind and Brain-Introduction to Cognitive Science (Iwanami Shinsho)" (written by Yuichiro Anzai)

In cognitive science, unlike the above idea, philosophers take the position of functionalism regarding Consciousness.

The other day, Dr Tomabechi had the opportunity to listen to a lecture on "ego" expressed in mathematical formulas. Still, my understanding has not yet been explained to everyone, so "ego is the universe this time. It's an important function that sorts things that are important to you. "

From this standpoint, "consciousness is useful." We'll look at them in order in the blog posts that follow.

Conscious perception plays a specific functional role.

Consciousness is an elaborately crafted function that has evolved over millions of years.

I will think that it is highly likely that I will select it.

So what is its role? We cannot rewind the history of evolution.

The uniqueness of the action of Consciousness can be characterized by the minimal conditional difference between visible and invisible images.

Psychological experiments are conducted to investigate which actions are possible without Consciousness and which actions are limited to the action of Consciousness.

Such experiments have shown that Consciousness is beneficial.

We can keep it for as long as we want.

Consciousness does the work of compressing incoming information and truncating the vast flow of sensory data into symbols of selected byte size.

The information extracted in this way is sent to the following processing stage.

It allows us to perform a series of operations, much like a serial computer.

This broadcast function of consciousness is essential.

It is greatly enhanced by language in humans, which allows us to convey conscious thoughts through social networks widely.

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