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"Global Neuronal Workspace" is the source of consciousness.

Updated: May 29, 2022

Textbook: "Consciousness and Brain: How Thoughts are Coded" (Stanislas Duanne, Hiroshi Takahashi)


For the past 20 years, cognitive science, neurophysiology, and brain imaging research have been conducting solid experiments to elucidate consciousness.

As a result, consciousness research is no longer in the realm of meditation, and the focus is on experimental methods such as image processing.

Stanislas Duanne's book details this situation, so I chose it as a textbook.

I want to deepen the theory of cognitive science that I learned in coaching and continue learning about the latest findings and future.

Therefore, with the position of "self-study notebook" = study book for oneself to study,

I decided to publish it continuously on the blog with "consciousness and unconsciousness".

Unconsciousness is an essential keyword for coaching.

If you are interested in this subject, please study with me.

It seems to be denied now. But there is an idea that "a little person lives in the brain, which controls my consciousness".

In response, Stanislas Duanne developed the "Global Neuronal Workspace" theory.

The main idea of ​​Duanne is

"Consciousness is widespread information transmitted within the cortex and arises from a network of neurons to share the necessary information throughout the brain."

American philosopher Daniel Dennett describes this idea with the "brain fame model."

It means, "Of the various unconscious modules of the brain, the one in which some neuron populations are driven by the amplification of attention and become involved in the entire brain is consciousness."

Duanne says that thanks to the Global Neuronal Workspace, humans can keep impressive ideas in their minds for as long as they like and incorporate them into their plans for the future.

Consciousness is the idea that the role of selecting, amplifying, and communicating appropriate thoughts is the "global neuronal workspace" in the brain.

Something like a mass of brain tissue, symbolized by a dwarf, does not have a will but a network of neurons.

Recent research has revealed that a brain is a place of intense and autonomous activity.

By confirming the activity of self-activating neurons by experiments, it is possible to understand the pattern of wide-area internal activity in the brain.

There is a sentence, "The brain mercilessly sifts out unnecessary information and separates only one object of consciousness, depending on the degree of prominence or the purpose at that time."

It seems to be equivalent to the function of RAS in coaching.

However, as far as I'm reading this book, I can't find the term RAS, so

I will continue to read it with caution.

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