“Passive frame theory” paints consciousness as reflexive interpreter

San Francisco State University:

Because the human mind experiences its own consciousness as sifting through urges, thoughts, feelings and physical actions, people understand their consciousness to be in control of these myriad impulses. But in reality, Morsella argues, consciousness does the same simple task over and over, giving the impression that it is doing more than it actually is.

“We have long thought consciousness solved problems and had many moving parts, but it’s much more basic and static,” Morsella said. “This theory is very counterintuitive. It goes against our everyday way of thinking.”

That’s for sure. Everything about this seems so wrong… which is what I like about it. Consciousness seems to be the thing in charge, because it’s the window we see through. Or so it tells us. But maybe we give too much credit to the messenger.