Princeton’s Michael Graziano recently published a fascinating, controversial piece about the nature of consciousness for The Atlantic. A choice quote:
Arguably, science is the gradual process by which the cognitive parts of our brains discover the profound inaccuracies in our deeper, evolutionarily built-in models of the world.
Neuroscientist Michael Graziano’s work highlights consciousness as, to put it simply, the brain’s construction of a model of itself. In Graziano’s view, this model is quick, imprecise, and just good enough to get the job done:
The consciousness we describe is non-physical, confusing, irreducible, and unexplainable, because that packet of information in the brain is incoherent. It’s a quick sketch.