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You’re exposed to a deluge of sensory signals all day. You have some level of pure “phenomenal consciousness” of all the things you see, hear, smell, taste or feel. But you can’t attend to all of them. So how does the brain decide which signals to acknowledge and which to relegate to the subliminal realm of phenomenal consciousness? George A. Mashour’s Science article can’t solve what philosophers and scientists have been arguing about for millennia, but the article will engage anyone fascinated by the mechanisms that govern consciousness.
About the Author
George A. Mashour is the Director of the Center for Consciousness Science and a professor in the department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan.
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