I remember from listening to pretty much all of the episodes that several times Steve has mentioned two neurological "mechanisms" that our brains do. I am wondering if anyone can tell me specifically what structures/processes these are referring to so I can do more research in this area. The keywords I am using to try and tell google what I want are failing!
1) The first mechanism Steve described as our brains constantly being aware of "what is real and what is not". This mechanism is turned off when we sleep, which is why we are generally not aware that we are dreaming. I want to know more about this!
2) The second mechanism is a certain (sensory?) system that makes us feel like we are "in" our bodies. And that theoretically if this is disrupted, someone would have an out of body experience. I believe
Steve said that we can intentionally do this "in the lab". (But I know that I can't trust my memories
Random question even if you don't know what I am referring to specifically: would these mechanisms (if they exist how I remember Steve describing them) be considered autonomic?
Thank you so much for any help you can provide!