Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
Consciousness as an Emergent Property of Thalamocortical Activity

Functionality Diagram of Damasio’s Convergence-Divergence Architecture

(Damasio, Self Comes to Mind, 146)






A certain incoming visual stimulus (selective set of small filled-in boxes) prompts forward activity (bold arrows and filled-in boxes).

Incoming visual stimulus prompts forward activity in CDZs of levels 1 and 2 (bold arrows and filled-in boxes).

Forward activity activates specific CDRs.

Retroactivation from CDRs prompts activity in early somatosensory, auditory, motor, and other visual cortices (bold arrows, filled-in boxes).