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Offline MattFaw

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Is Consciousness a Hippocampal Simulation?
« on: 02/01/2016 18:45:01 »
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I propose that Subjective Experience is actually a brand new episodic memory, in the process of activating neocortical and default mode networks of the brain.  Like a TV news outlet, structures in the Hippocampal Complex receive reportage from widely distributed structures around the brain, and bind those reports together into a unified, contextualized, but vastly simplified summation of what just happened.  This 3D spatiotemporal multimodal ‘newscast’ is then fed back to structures across the brain, to inform them of the big picture and to expedite predictive processing.   Because episodic memory is the only unified and contextualized representation of self-in-the-world in the brain, and because it informs most of the major cortices about ‘what just happened’, it is misinterpreted as the actual interaction of the body/mind with its environment.  This misinterpretation offers insight into many of the distinct and mysterious features of Subjective Experience and pathologies of consciousness.

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Re: Is Consciousness a Hippocampal Simulation?
« Reply #1 on: 02/01/2016 22:30:13 »
Abstract: 
I propose that Subjective Experience is actually a brand new episodic memory, in the process of activating neocortical and default mode networks of the brain.  Like a TV news outlet, structures in the Hippocampal Complex receive reportage from widely distributed structures around the brain, and bind those reports together into a unified, contextualized, but vastly simplified summation of what just happened.  This 3D spatiotemporal multimodal ‘newscast’ is then fed back to structures across the brain, to inform them of the big picture and to expedite predictive processing.   Because episodic memory is the only unified and contextualized representation of self-in-the-world in the brain, and because it informs most of the major cortices about ‘what just happened’, it is misinterpreted as the actual interaction of the body/mind with its environment.  This misinterpretation offers insight into many of the distinct and mysterious features of Subjective Experience and pathologies of consciousness.

Explainer video below. 


I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Consciousness is simply the continuous moments of awareness of death.  You are not really conscious if you are not thinking about death, you are living a lie if you are not thinking death, reality is death.  I am conscious every moment, I live no lie my time is short, relative to reality nothing else matters, to be conscious is to be aware of death.
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