Kornhuber and Deecke hook people to an EEG.They ask people to move their fingers at intervals.They see the readiness potential when a finger is about to be moved. The signal happens a second the finger actually moves.
The act of moving a finger happens a second before we actually move it.When do we actually decide to move the finger?
Around 0.35 seconds AFTER the potential starts.
By the time we decide to do something, were already moving.
David Rosenthal:“[...] the consciousness of these states itself adds no signiﬁcant function to that of those other developments.” Which means:Consciousness is just a side-effect, with no real adaptive value.
Ezequiel Morsella:“a senate, in which representatives from differentprovinces are always in attendance, regardless of whether they should sit quietly or debate.” Consciousness resolves conflicts between different systems.
Peter Watts: “The more cognitively sophisticated you become, the more able you are to suppress hardwiredaversion responses in favor of long-term agendas.The more sublime your awareness, the more pain you can withstand.”
Consciousness: you usually dont need it, andwhen you do, youll probably wish you didnt.