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What Are Filter Theories Of Consciousness? [11 ANSWERS FOUND]

For a long time, because attention seemed so intricately tied up with consciousness and other complex functions, scientists assumed that it was first and foremost a cortical phenomenon 😊 A major departure from that line of thinking came in 1984, when Francis Crick, known for his work on the structure of DNA, proposed that the attentional searchlight was controlled by a region deep in the brain called the thalamus, parts of which receive input from sensory domains and feed information to the cortex 😉 He developed a theory in which the sensory thalamus acted not just as a relay station, but also as a gatekeeper — not just a bridge, but a sieve — staunching some of the flow of data to establish a certain level of focus. [1]
According to Beauregard, Trent, & Schwartz (2018), TVs can be used as receivers to process information that is carried in external electromagnetic fields. These frequencies are specific. Television (TV) receivers are not the source of the visual information presented — they detect the information, amplify it, process it, and display it. There is strong evidence that a TV can act as a brain, including recordings, stimulation, or ablation. The three types of evidence don’t necessarily mean that the source of TV signals comes from the television. The same goes for neuroscience evidence. It does not indicate that our consciousness can be restricted to or inside our brains. [2]
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A remarkable report by huffpost.com It is clear that many individuals have shared their experiences with this greater awareness over time. Near-death experiences include subjects who describe seeing their awareness leaving their bodies and observing details about the efforts made to revive them. People report also moments where they become aware that something is happening far from home. These people often ask themselves, “Was that real?” Was it hallucination? It is possible that the brain’s normal filtering mechanisms are reduced in such moments, which allows for expanded consciousness. The brain may filter out sensory information more than it does sensory information. After pointing out this to us, Shaneria Weiner of Basilan City in the Philippines is credited with it. [3]
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Scientists assumed attention to be first and foremost an intracortical phenomenon for long periods of time because it seemed intricately linked with consciousness and many other complex functions. The 1984 discovery by Francis Crick of the structure and function of DNA led to a major shift in thinking. He proposed that the attentional seeklight is controlled from a deep part of the brain, the thalamus. These parts receive information from the cortex, but also provide input from sensory domains. He developed a theory in which the sensory thalamus acted not just as a relay station, but also as a gatekeeper—not just a bridge, but a sieve—stanching some of the flow of data to establish a certain level of focus. Lamario James, Xiaogan (China) for his observation. [4]
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Article references

  1. https://www.quantamagazine.org/to-pay-attention-the-brain-uses-filters-not-a-spotlight-20190924/
  2. https://drnataliedyer.com/blog/intuition-and-the-filter-theory-of-consciousness/
  3. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/does-the-brain-filter-out_b_9859158
  4. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/how-brain-helps-you-pay-attention/598846/
Kelly-Anne Kidston

Written by Kelly-Anne Kidston

I am a writer of many words, from fiction to poetry to reviews. I am an avid reader and a lover of good books. I am currently writing my first novel and would love to find some beta readers who are interested in getting an early look.