“Consciousness does not passively represent the external environment and the body; rather, it actively and continuously constructs and revises a model of the body and the external world.”
“Processing limitations constrain the conditions for the construction of momentary consciousness.”
“The brain samples selectively and self-organizes what it will use to construct an immediate reality. Attention is a part of this process, directing the focus of ongoing construction and governing the rate at which the brain either shifts or fixates the reality it constructs.”
Re: Music and Pain — “The brain can modulate the entry of nociceptive signals from tissue trauma in to consciousness.” Pain and cognitive processing has been shown to share the same resources and neural areas — “Increasing the dimensionality of a competing activity [musical monitoring] will increase the cognitive and emotional resources allocated to that activity relative to those allocated to pain.”
— Bradshaw et al., Effects of music engagement on responses to painful stimulation
“Are we all just a big bag of voxels?”… constructing reality to our own ends and means?