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

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[opening paragraph]: This article (Baars, 1997) is an evocatively written account of Bernard Baars’ latest ideas about the Global Workspace approach to consciousness, one he pioneered in his important book on the topic in 1988. He writes fluently and brings strong images to mind, especially with the metaphor of the ‘Working Theatre’. As with everything he writes, I enjoyed reading it. It is strong and heady stuff. When I finished I sat back and attempted to assess the claim that the best answer today with which to understand the present evidence about consciousness is a ‘global workspace architecture’, especially along the lines of the Global Workspace of Baars.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Centre for Neural Networks, Dept of Mathematics, King's College, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, UK.

Publication date: January 1, 1997

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