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Global Workspace Theory

10 Post author: Douglas_Reay 05 June 2012 05:16PM

Much research has been done upon visual perception.   Humans have the illusion that they are directly aware of everything in their 'field of view', but it turns out that they actually navigate not through reality, but through a model of reality that their brain stitches together mainly from the bits the eye is directly looking at as it darts about, with the rest supplied by interpolation based upon expectations.

For more info, read The Illusion of Continuity: Active Perception and the Classical Editing System, by Berliner and Cohen.

 

Global Workspace Theory is the idea that our awareness of our own thought process works the same way.  We have the illusion of an unbroken stream of consciousness, but what we're actually referencing is a model of what the brain thinks it has been consciously thinking about, that is stitched together from brief fragments, the way a spotlight in a theatre might move about shining on different parts of a stage, revealing actors making speeches and interacting with each other.   Even when the spotlight moves on, the actors, stage hands and directors remain and keep working.   When the spotlight returns, to catch a later part of the drama in that area, we interpolate what the actors would have been doing while we were paying attention elsewhere.

Comments (5)

Comment author: thomblake 05 June 2012 03:13:41PM 4 points [-]

This article seems to be missing a punchline or something, and probably belongs in Discussion if anywhere.

Comment author: Alicorn 05 June 2012 05:16:32PM 3 points [-]

I went ahead and moved it.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 05 June 2012 03:35:11PM 3 points [-]

i guess it was meant to be saved as a draft, but accidentally published. (I've sent the author a PM.)

Comment author: beoShaffer 05 June 2012 04:03:08PM 2 points [-]

I agree, it does have and interesting topic so I hope they finish it.

Comment author: falenas108 08 November 2012 06:27:14PM -1 points [-]

Is this a complete post? If not, can it be finished? I'd like a full post on this.