The brain has done its planning and storage. It is now the ‘thought-story’ that has to be formed – – – microseconds after the brain has done its basic work. Emotion is experienced; however, the emotion needs to be translated to ‘thought-language’ of a feeling before it can be acted upon or discarded.
My position, in summary, is “Consciousness is the story we form in our minds after our brains have worked, in parallel, in different sections of the brain (planning, storage, etc.), and are then joined to take action.”
The thought-story is what we arrange to rationalize the action we are about to take, may have already taken or – – – discarded as not in our best interest.
I now would like to call upon a three knowledgeable people to help solidify my theory.
The Multiple Drafts Model, by Daniel Dennett and Kathleen Akins (2008), Scholarpedia, 3(4):4321
“1. . . . the work done [by the brain] must be broken up and distributed in time and space to specialized lesser agencies of the brain.”
“3. There is a massively parallel process in the brain . . . in which multiple (and often incompatible) streams of content fixation . . . take place simultaneously (and asynchronously) . . . out of which the appearance of a ‘final draft’ . . . is created by ‘probes’ that retrospectively elevate some drafts at the expense of others” . . .
“The transition from unconscious to conscious is real but since it involves the accumulation of a wide variety of sequelae which may become undone and redone, overruled and the rehabilitated” . . .
“Contents arise, get revised, contributed to the interpretation of other contents or to the modulation of behavior (verbal or otherwise)” . . .
Max Tegmark, Cambridge University, claims that consciousness is not something different than brain synapsis firing. His analogy is that like a drop of water compared to clouds; they are both made up of H2O; the same material. The difference is in their structure. He considers consciousness as an ‘emergent phenomenon’ that occurs separate from when the brain has done its work. See minute 5 thru eight to hear Tegmark’s concept of emergent consciousness.
(Max Tegmark at TEDxCambridge 2014)
Once again, my position, in summary, Consciousness is the story we form in our minds after our brains have worked, in parallel, in different sections of the brain (planning, storage, etc.), and are then joined to take action. This consciousness is the result of a basic emotion which had been initiated by our (sometimes subliminal) senses. The story that we create to understand our emotions become emergent feelings.
© Waldo J. Tomosky Dec. 1, 2017