A thought is a chain of patterns/ words/ images/ etc; your mind skips to the next predicted most likely pattern guided by attention; guided by the overall topic/ subject/ location/ etc.
We have thousands of intelligent networks exquisitely intertwined controlling posture, arm position, heart rate, etc and each has a current state of attention. The combination/ sum of all the states of attention among these networks are what we experience as consciousness.
Our mind has many facets, and the top layer/ consciousness network only has to deal with what each lower network is current paying attention too/ focusing on. Your eyes are currently paying attention to this word in this sentence; guided by the overall task of reading this topic. Your opinion on my comment is formed by your top layer executive network pattern matching on previous experience/ opinions; based on information fed in by the lower networks attention salience.
- Rutgers UniversityPh.D., Cognitive Psychology, 2005 - 2011Cognitive Science Certificate, Perceptual Science Training Program
- Boston CollegeB.A., Philosophy & Psychology, 1991 - 1995
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