What does the difference in consciousness between waking and sleeping tell us about our sense of self? Good question. Frankly, the communication between the different areas of my cerebral cortex is lacking a bit at the moment, so I can't quite give you an answer that fully encapsulates the opinion of my awoken self.According to this rather interesting fellow with a peculiar accent, this communication is what distinguishes consciousness from a state of sleep (~41:00-47:00). So they found that our brains communicate slightly less when we're asleep... so what? I could probably have guessed that. It's the primary reason that when I fall asleep in class I don't retain much of the information that is presented (a tragic design fault in our brains, really). However, what if this lack of distraction, and somewhat more focused nature of the brain during sleep helps us figure out what makes us... us. The lack of white noise could be rather helpful in examining our personality, intelligence, memory, and pretty much everything else. And would there be a way to identify these communication channels within our brain and activate them selectively, enabling us to see how the brain talks to itself? Or even use those channels to help us listen while asleep (i.e. sleeping in class, and still learning stuff?). Once one of you figures out how to do that, shoot me an email, so I can throw my name on that study.
This assignment is so boring that I'm falling asleep.
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