February 10, 2012

folkert gorter: the neurological basis of consciousness is unknown

disclaimer at superfamous.com: as you read this, you do not really see the pixels, the screen, your hands, and the surroundings, but an internal and three-dimensional image that reproduces them almost exactly and that is constructed by your brain. the photons emitted by your screen strike the retina of your eyes, which transform them into electrochemical information; the optic nerves relay this information to the visual cortex at the back of the head, where a cascade-like network of nerve cells separates the input into categories (form, color, movement, depth, etc.).

how the brain goes about reuniting these sets of categorized information into a coherent image is still a mystery. this also means that the neurological basis of consciousness is unknown.

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but does it float


Susanne said...

second image appeals to me very much