‘ Conscious ‘ and ‘ unconscious ‘ are outdated concepts.They stem from ca 1890, 1900, and bleaching poorly defined.
We currently prefer to speak of working memory and long term memory.In The working memory there is information that does not need to be considered deeply: your name, your date of birth, address, name of the partner/children etc.
In The long term memory is information you need to ‘ retrieve ‘.You know it, but what was it again… The long-term memory does have something of a junk attic: it is there, but it is not always to be found, or only after a long search.
It is a misconception that there is a conscious and unconscious part of your brain.There are no neurons that are conscious or unconscious. It’s probably the sum of all the processes in your brain that will get your consciousness, but it’s still a mystery how that can be. In philosophy It is called “The Hard Problem” (David Chalmers). So you have to look at it holistically. Compare this with a swarm of birds or a school fish. They move as one organism, but are still individual animals. Consciousness is not to approach without philosophy.
We do not know what consciousness is. You can do it somewhere of consciousness, or something unconscious.This way you can drive kilometers while you think about it somewhere else. But scientifically speaking, we can only do little with it.
Because we don’t know what consciousness is, we don’t know what it is. I say the same thing twice now.
Is it part of the brain, or is it something else?The memory seems not only stored in the head, but in the whole body and perhaps not only in nerve cells, but also in muscle cells, etcetera. For example, your stomach will remember when you last eaten. Of course, other processes are involved as well.
You can only observe and study your own consciousness from within.Other people’s consciousness is tapping into research and your own consciousness is not verifiable. Do animals also have consciousness? A dog, a cow. It actually seems like it does. What kind of consciousness is that?
At school The emphasis is very much on the ratio, thinking.But is consciousness this rational thinking? What happens internally with you when a good friend dies, or if you are seriously threatened and you have to run for your life. What processes take place? Who are you, then, what is that consciousness, your own consciousness?
You can also experience and reoccur.This is a well-controlled experiment. What were your last thoughts? What was that coming?
Very extreme stories go about retirement.Someone sees during surgery from a higher point of view everything that happens. Is this really true or a fantasy story. You can also think that processes in the nerve cells of the brain are so subtle (for example in an almost dead experience) that they are not measurable, so that they can take place in the brain themselves and still penetrate into consciousness. On the other hand, certain substances are sometimes involved (note).
Another interesting theory reveals how we take all our decisions unconsciously.In a scan, or other experiment, one sees that the person becomes aware of his choice only after he has made that choice unconsciously. It is said that ‘ there is no free will ‘, but one forgets that the consciousness will take care of the feedback. In consciousness, you analyse your choice. Of course, that analysis also unconsciously occurs, but from your consciousness you can consciously control your actions. You can understand things, etcetera.
The weird thing here is that everything also takes place unconsciously.
If you drive home while you think of something else, you are continually correcting yourself unconsciously.Even to learn something, consciousness is not necessary, but repetition.
I find it sneu.
Do you really have two parts in your brain?
How do you spend your day?With only two parts?
It seems that your conscious experience is mainly made up in the neocortex.These are six layers of neurons which consist of a total of one piece or 300 euros clusters of cells of each not yet 100 neurons. Each cluster of cells has a specific pattern that they recognize in the great flow of information that originates from the brain areas to which our perception senses are linked. The lower layers recognize the most basic patterns. These indicate to the higher clusters that they have recognized their pattern. The higher-lying clusters recognize patterns in the patterns and reflect them again, but at the same time they can pass down which patterns they expect. From the higher layers there are also connections to the lower layers. There are also loops in the way the clusters are linked together, feedback loops.
It’s not that all layers are neatly on each other and of course I sketch a pretty simple picture here but it does give an idea about how our brain builds mental content.Furthermore, it seems that the connections within the clusters remain reasonably unchanged, but the connections between the clusters are a matter of change and that, in gaining new insights, connections are mainly established between the Clusters.
The neocortex, as the name implies, is the newest part of our brain; The mammalian brain.The ‘ old ‘ part, the cerebellum, is mainly responsible for coordination and motor skills. And even though some 70% of all your re-cells are part of it, it doesn’t seem that this brain part makes a significant contribution to our conscious experience. It seems to be that you can do reasonably well without this brain part, the only thing you would notice is that you would move uncoordinated.
The whole neocortex story has come to light because the resolution of MRI scans has increased in recent years, that they can make scans in which they can see exactly where the connections are going at the level of individual brain cells.Because the image of the sketch gives a reasonably good explanation of how mental states are made, it seems to me plausible that this structure is most responsible for conscious experience and that mammals are therefore considerably more aware For birds and reptiles.