illustrations: science of consciousness conference 2020

a theory: the impulsing model 

general structure of the nervous system

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structure of inner circuitry

4 linked areas = 4 kinds of conscious work

area 1

from sensory neuron groups … to thalamus … sensation


area 2

from thalamus … to cortex …record-making … recognition

area 3

from cortex … to thalamus  …thought


area 4

from cortex … to muscle landscape … to thalamus … forming & releasing tension patterns = feelings


2- generated impulse trail


conscious stream …

a series or stream of conscious instants

area 1-4-reel 


How the nervous system works … in 2 parts

Part 1 – tracing energy: impulsing

2- generated impulse trail

Part 2 – applying impulsing: to 4 areas of conscious pathways

12- cotton to T -barea 2area 3area 4


PART 1   •   PART 1   •   PART 1 

tracing energy in the nervous system

… in the form of an impulse trail … impulsing

1- grp-to-grp impulsing

2- generated impulse trail

• absorbing and propelling energy

as sensory groups/assemblies in the body’s periphery are exposed to … energies in the body and the environment … they are monitoring … the form of energy they’re designed to 



Ingebo_Standing_Nerves3- converging trails refined & reinforced

•  converging energy 

incoming trails into same group are resolved when converging energy reinforces their common pattern … propelling a stronger trail …  further into the circuitry


consider this …

the absorption (monitoring) & convergence (resolving) of energy in the nervous system … infers the system’s primary work is to monitor and resolve


following an impulse trail … in the conscious pathway

1 beginning impulse trail-after absorbing energy9- cotton to pre-t4- cottonball energy absor'n to thalamus

sensory assemblies absorb energy … in the body and environment … and form a series of energized groups … to the thalamus

11- at Thal split

as an impulse trail reaches the thalamus … it splits to simultaneously energize a set of the thalamus groups: these groups represent the potential qualities of an instant of consciousness


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there are 2 kinds of qualities that makeup an instant of consciousness:

• some sense-specific qualities of vision: blue, white & edges of clouds

• some inter-sensory qualities of vision: softness, lightness


area 1-4-reel

•  as a trail passes & energizes the thalamus … it adds a single instant of consciousness into an evolving conscious stream


•  like frames on a reel of film … instants of consciousness blur together … to form the seamless experience … in us ... we call … consciousness



PART 2   •   PART 2   •   PART 2 

applying impulsing…  to the conscious pathways



conscious work in Area 1: 

experiencing sensation

4- cottonball energy absor'n to thalamus

when a trail from a sensory assembly generates a series of energized neuron groups … that reaches the thalamus, the trail’s impulses split to energize a set of its groups

this series of energized neuron groups is formed so quickly, lightening-like, we experience them simultaneously … as an instant of sensation … in us … as a part of us

we experience an instant of sensation … in the conscious stream


conscious work in Area 2:

forming a record of each conscious instant:

experiencing recognition

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15- Th to C surface16- rec fusing in C


a record: a pattern of fused neurons

• in the future, energy into any part of this record, energizes the entire record

17- full rec in C


enlarged records: joining records at shared qualities …

chat / cat (sharp “t” sound) in word + cat’s sharp claws … or hiss sound

le chaton / kitten (soft “n” sound) in word + softness of kitten’s fur

Chinese word for cat: mao (word sound) + sound we hear cat makes

18- rec energy sinks in


an incoming trail’s left-over energy

• after a record is made 
the trail’s residual energy sinks into … its adjacent related records: and we experience an instant of recognition … in the conscious stream

20- 2nd rec sinks in


• a trail’s left-over energy can also reach further into the network … to energize its related records … records that have any of the same qualities in their makeup

20- 2nd rec sinks in



Conscious work in Area 3:

deriving thought

 resolving simultaneously energized areas of network:

the convergence of energized areas derives a resolution … a reinforced pattern 

… that propels a trail to the thalamus

22- C resoln back to T-b

  and we experience a thought … in the conscious stream

an example: when the word of the color orange (energizing related records) & image of sky (energizing related records) … the energized areas overlap to derive a trail to the thalamus: we may then experience the thought of … a sunset



Conscious work in Area 4: 

generating & releasing feelings

resolving 2 kinds of energized areas in the network

edit overlapped records generate tension pattern to muscle copy    area 4

• when this sensation reaches the thalamus … we experience a subtle reflective tension pattern in the muscle … feeling … so a feeling enters … the conscious stream


•  this tension pattern, stays energized … for as long as … the current sensation or thought is present … so …

• when the sensation or thought is no longer present, its reflective tension is released … and we experience this reversal of tension … as a kind of balance … we can call a balanced feeling … or emotional balance …

• on the other hand, when the sensation or thought doesn’t change … the generation continues … and … the tension pattern’s intensity increases …

the added intensity gets our attention … to encourage deriving a resolution … that changes … and relieves the tension … providing a balanced feeling


  in this way,  feelings reflect the fluency current monitoring & resolving work … in the conscious pathways


Using this theory

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• knowing how a system functions includes knowing how it functions well

 this study’s goal has been to learn how the nervous works at the lay level, so we can stay in sync … with good functioning … 

consider this …

 in the nervous system … working well … turns out to be … maintaining the fluent monitoring & resolving activity … that supports balanced feelings … while supporting social needs & environmental resources that support us!


a balanced lifestyle

• to support balanced activity … we can develop a balanced lifestyle:  a personal pattern of balanced activities … that steadily maintains balanced feelings, while using & supporting personal, social & environmental resources 

• a balanced lifestyle depends on exposures and resources available and as conditions change, it can be adjusted and tuned-up

• as each activity is completed, the state it leaves supports triggering the next activity; all together, to ensure ongoing balanced feelings, activities that resolve evolving needs are established 


base activities of a healthy lifestyle

• a healthy lifestyle is based on a pattern of physiological activities

• on this base, we build in other personal activities based on our personal character: activities interest and exercise us!

• a balanced lifestyle also includes activities to help meet social needs & to restore the environmental resources we use, in turn



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going forward

• together, by providing exposures and resources … we can help each other avoid out of balance states … and build in activities … to makeup healthy lifestyles … that overall … support personal, social & environmental integrity 

Thank you!


let’s take care of each other!



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