Consciousness as an internal dialog between your brain and … your brain.


One clear thing to me about humans is that we exaggerate the implications of the fact we think about things. I’d argue that most reasonable models of human intellect and consciousness should assume that 1) consciousness has evolved over a long period from non-conscious thought in non-human organisms. 2) other animals are conscious and at least some other animal types are self-aware. 3) It is likely that conscious thinking has a fully mechanistic explanations.

I’m wondering about the following fairly simple model of consciousness:

1) Brain as large computing mechanism

2) Brain has many regions, each with great computational power

3) Through learning, esp. language learning and language practice, the brain begins to carry on “conversations” between the regions.

4) As the conversational feedback explodes, we call it “conscious thought”.

….. and then maybe I’m just talking to myself way too much…

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Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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1 Response to Consciousness as an internal dialog between your brain and … your brain.

  1. Lamont Cranston says:

    I read this post on newsgroup I follow. I added a comment
    I thought you might enjoy. LC

    I reckon it’s tire time for me. This morning when doggy was taking me out in the front yard, the left front tire on my 1983 Dodge van blew out. Cooper tires has a factory in Mississippi. I am going to get new Cooper tires on that van. I was wondering why the front end had started wobbling like that, now I know why. Doggy was looking at that blown out tire as if she was wondering,,, What the hell is that?
    cuhulin

    Hey cuhl,
    As humans we have what is called “internal dialog”,
    this is dialog between your brain and your brain.
    Yours seems to be seeping out onto usenet.
    Mike

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