In the theater of consciousness was my first read from the field of cognitive psychology and a good read it was it provides a concise yet comprehensive review of what can be said about human consciousness from the empirical perspective this book is ten years old now and obviously misses a decade of new research. Apparently there is a theater of the mind daniel dennett although thats just a metaphor consciousness appears to work like a stage featuring the integrated perceptual end products from dozens of unconscious operations processes one of the most compelling of these is our sense of self the protagonist in our personal narrative. Book review a review of in the theater of consciousness the workspace of the mind by bernard j baars 1997 new york oxford university xiv 193 pp isbn 0195102657 4500 usd. Gw theory presents a theater model in which consciousness requires a central workspace much like the stage of a theater it is set out in detail in my book a cognitive theory of consciousness cambridge university press 1988 and a set of technical publications 1 global workspace theory is based on the belief that like the cells of. In humans it manifests itself in inner speech imagery perception and voluntary control of thought and action topics like hypnosis absorbed states of mind adaptation to trauma and the human propensity to project expectations on uncertainty all fit into the expanded theater metaphor
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