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Commentary on Bernard Baars’ ‘In the theatre of consciousness’

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[opening paragraph]: One of the central puzzles for Baars (1997) is the contrast between the small window of consciousness of which we all have direct experience and the massive collection of specialized neural nets, all working in parallel in the depths of our brain. Why is this window so small? Can we use the metaphor of a theatre, in which we regard consciousness as merely acting like a spotlight moving over an already existing structure of thoughts, memories and experiences, or does it involve something more active with thoughts being created anew from moment to moment?

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Physics Department, Birkbeck College, Malet Street London WClE 7HX, UK.

Publication date: April 1, 1997


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