I’m currently reading Michael Graziano’s book ‘Consciousness and the Social Brain’, which I hope to give a review of sometime soon. In the book, he makes a distinction between attention and awareness. Attention is something that happens when one of the competing collections of signals in the brain wins, and awareness is data in the mind about that attention. However, attention can happen without awareness. Pretty interesting stuff.
Anyway, in that frame of mind, I came across HuffPost’s focus on this TED talk with Apollo Robbins demonstrating the art of misdirection, essentially controlling attention sans awareness.
- Mark Bertin, M.D.: If You Could Control Someone’s Attention, What Would You Do With It? (huffingtonpost.com)
- orthoclase awareness. tourmaline seeps (neernool.wordpress.com)
- Ted Honderich is One Quirky Writer (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
- What Anesthesia Can Teach Us About Consciousness (nytimes.com)
- The science of consciousness must escape the religious dark ages (oup.com)