Blog #3 Carter

                     In the reading Exploring Consciousness by Rita Carter, Carter suggests that our consciousness moves through “time and space” without any direction, always switching from thought to thought.  For example, Carter  suggests that thoughts are “switching from a passing face, to the origin of the universe, to tonight’s dinner or the tickle in your toe.”  Even though  random thoughts switch from one to the other, Carter suggests that we have control over what we think about in our consciousness.  We are the director of our consciousness. She poses the question; “Can we determine whether our consciousness flows smoothly, continously or lurch along, punctuated by jump-cuts, flashbacks and fade-outs?”

                In the reading Stream of thought by James, he stresses that thoughts are continuous. However, Carter suggests a flaw within the theory that thoughts are continuous. She says that our thoughts only SEEM to be continuous because we always remind ourselves of previous thoughts.   Therefore, this reminder of previous thoughts are  going to continuously remain in our consciousness. Carter uses the fridge example,” if you really think about it you realize this ongoing quality is actually  just a consequence of the fact that every time you check to see whether you are having that particular quale- well you have it! It’s like looking in the fridge to see if the light is on.  Every time you do it, it is- so you think it is always on.”

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