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What is consciousness, and why does it occur?

Updated: May 29, 2022

Studying the "Study of Consciousness" (Stanislas Duanne) can further deepen your understanding of coaching theory.

I am studying to add a unique flavour to "unconscious rewriting".

This series of blog posts are my study notes. This time, the theme that follows the unconscious and conscious

I will write a "sign of consciousness".


Stanislas Duanne et al. Advocate the "Global Neuronal Workspace" hypothesis. The essence is that "consciousness is the sharing of information throughout the brain."

I want to study "what is consciousness" and "why consciousness arises" by looking at this theory.

Our brain has developed an efficient long-range neural network in the prefrontal cortex to select information and propagate it throughout the brain.

Consciousness can be a mass transmission system of the brain that we pay attention to and can keep information activated.

When we are aware of information, we send it to other areas according to the information in our brain.

By sending information to other areas, we can name it, evaluate it, remember it, and use it for future planning.

Looking at the EEG recordings of the neural network computer simulations, we can see that a vast amount of information is stocked in the Global Neuronal Workspace without being accessible to consciousness.

The discovery of signs of consciousness is a significant step forward, but brain waves and neuronal spikes alone cannot explain "what is consciousness" and "why consciousness arises."

  • Why do delayed neuronal firing, cortical ignition, and brain-wide synchronization create a subjective state of mind?

  • How do these brain events produce complex psychological experiences?

I remember the following sentence in Dr Tomabechi's book.

Because psychology is a science, I think that human beings can be clarified by input and output, such as "If you give such a stimulus (input), such a result (output) will come out" I will try to grasp it only by the relationship. Did. In other words, it turned the human mind into a black box and closed its eyes on what was happening and what was happening in it. Cognitive science began with this awareness of the problem. In other words, "humans have a heart" was the answer to the failure of experimental psychology by cognitive scientists. "How to use the" brainpower "of Dr Tomabechi" (written by Hideto Tomabechi)

Note) This text describes psychology before the study of Stanislas Duanne and does not criticize the study of Stanislas Duanne.

In previous blogs, we have seen how neuroscience has revealed various events in the brain.

By studying the "Global Neuronal Workspace" hypothesis in a little more detail, we will look at the answers to the questions "what is consciousness" and "why consciousness arises".

I intuitively thought that "nerve activity and the mind belong to completely different dimensions." I want to clarify whether this intuition is right or wrong.

I think we can find the answer if we can find a series of cross-linking laws that explain how mental events relate to brain activity patterns.

This mystery is not far from the mystery they solved in physics in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • "How do the overall characteristics of ordinary matter result from a mere arrangement of atoms?"

  • "Why is the table so solid, even though it consists of a few carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms and the almost squishy space that surrounds them?"

  • "What are liquids? What are solids, crystals, gases and flames? How do their shapes and characteristics come from loose-atomic fabrics?"

Answering these questions required a bottom-up analysis of the components of matter and a mathematical integration theory.

To fill the brain and the mind gap, we need to build such a theory. But unfortunately, it is not possible by experiment to identify what kind of firing pattern the 100 billion neurons in the human brain show at the moment of conscious perception.

I think we can explain how the mind is connected to neural activity by using mathematical theory, just as physics did.

I want to learn that the "Global Neuronal Workspace" hypothesis by Stanislas Duanne et al. Can explain the following.

"What is the essence of consciousness?"

"How consciousness arises from the synchronized activity of the brain."

"Why does consciousness show the peculiar signs we saw in the previous chapter?"

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