In this article on Discover Magazine, David Eagleman explains how consciousness is handled by a tiny portion of our brain, while the rest works "behind the scenes" handling "breathing to mate selection."
In fact, neuroscientist David Eagleman of Baylor College of Medicine argues that the unconscious workings of the brain are so crucial to everyday functioning that their influence often trumps conscious thought. To prove it, he explores little-known historical episodes, the latest psychological research, and enduring medical mysteries, revealing the bizarre and often inexplicable mechanisms underlying daily life.
Eagleman's theory is epitomized by the deathbed confession of the 19th-century mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who developed fundamental equations unifying electricity and magnetism. Maxwell declared that "something within him" had made the discoveries; he actually had no idea how he'd achieved his great insights. It is easy to take credit after an idea strikes you, but in fact, neurons in your brain secretly perform an enormous amount of work before inspiration hits. The brain, Eagleman argues, runs its show incognito. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, "There's someone in my head, but it's not me."
|Duplicating Nature's Million-Year Process of Creating Crude Oil Down to Minutes in the Lab|
|Nasa: the world will not end in 2012|
|Neutrinos: Stubbornly Disproving Einstein?|
|DIY Brain Hackers|
|Paul Revere's Midnight Ride Effect|
|“A novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation.”|
|“The race is on to create lab-grown meat products.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“Google Owns 28% of Your Brain.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“We’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Initial riders may be more comfortable getting into a car with a human in the driver seat.”|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|“Both spacecraft are still operational when they reached interstellar space.”|
|Bird Shit Advertising|