Where does consciousness live? In the Reticular Activating System!
The RAS runs from the lower brain stem to the mesencephalon and thalamus– to the cerebral cortex, it is a path between our lower brain and our upper brain.
It brings together a response to the outside world. It filters out stimulus that we do not need, and we focus on what we need to pay attention to.
If someone tells me something I do not want to know about, I will say—I am sorry my RAS filtered that information out as unnecessary to my knowledge bank, please try again later.
I slept now I am awake! I am aroused and paying attention, thanks to my RAS.