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GW theory in the spotlight of evolution

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The global workspace architecture is examined from an evolutionary perspective. It is argued that certain aspects of the theory are difficult to account for in terms of a sequence of evolutionary elaborations. These notably include distinct actors and audience members, and the lingua franca by which they communicate. An alternative metaphor of a ‘global arena’ is suggested, along with speculation on how this bottleneck of behavioural competition may have evolved toward a more sophisticated architecture, perhaps even a theatre . . .

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of Physiology, University of Montreal, Montreal, (Quebec) H3C 3J7 Canada.

Publication date: April 1, 1997

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