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By Susan A. Greenfield

"Drawing on many alternative sources–the results of neurological issues and accidents, the activities of gear, the nature of idea in desires, in schizophrenia, in reverie, and in childhood–Susan Greenfield has given us a synthesis that's difficult, unique, readable, and personal."–Oliver Sacks
How does the human mind produce your deepest world?
In this groundbreaking exploration, neuroscientist and writer Susan Greenfield demystifies the non-public lifetime of the mind. She examines the actual foundation of our feelings and searches for the reply to 1 of the main enduring mysteries in glossy technology: How does the mind create a different, subjective adventure for every one in every of us?
Utilizing state-of-the-art learn and compelling own anecdotes, Greenfield unearths that feelings, caused through person existence reviews, are the very starting place upon which our brains construct our detailed minds. during this soaking up, lyrical exploration, Dr. Greenfield offers a provocative new idea that gives an illuminating glimpse into the human mind and divulges the excellent essence of who we are.
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One of the most important anatomical structures for understanding the origin of consciousness is the thalamus. This structure, which is located at the center of the brain, is essential for conscious function, even though it is only somewhat larger than the last bone in your own thumb. When nerves elements of the brain 19 from different sensory receptors serving different modalities (located in your eyes, ears, skin, and so on) travel to your brain, they each connect in the thalamus with specific clusters of neurons called nuclei.

It is highly unlikely that this behavior is the result of a fixed template or a set of predetermined algorithms in the brains of pigeons. Nor can it be explained by natural selection for the positive recognition of fish. Pigeons neither evolve with fish nor live with them, and they don’t eat them either. I could cite many more examples ranging from the developmental anatomy of the brain to the individual variation of brain scans in humans carrying out similar tasks. But the conclusion is clear: the brains of higherlevel animals autonomously construct patterned reneural darwinism 38 sponses to environments that are full of novelty.

Since the proposal of the TNGS in 1978, a growing body of evidence has supported the notion that neuronal groups connected by reentrant interactions are the selectional units in higher-level brains. This evidence is presented in a number of books and papers and will not be reviewed here. Instead, I will consider certain consequences of the theory that are particularly important for understanding the mechanisms underlying consciousness. One important consequence is that the brain is so versatile in its responses because those responses are degenerate.

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