gmalivuk wrote:But I would be extremely surprised if any part of your conscious mind is actually thinking about every waking breath you take, or every blink, or where your tongue is constantly throughout a normal conversation.
I don't know, what constitutes ‘thinking about’ it? There's not much thinking to be done about those things, and they're very peripheral in my awareness, but I can't think of any definition by which I'm not typically conscious/aware of them or by which I might feel they're at any time automatic.
Shivering in cold temperatures is something else I'd compare them to. Doesn't require a lot of attention on my part, as a reflex, but I definitely don't experience it as something ‘automatic’ or under the control of something that isn't me; rather a peripheral, instinctive action with peripheral, instinctive cues.
gmalivuk wrote:I mean, yes, you're conscious of speaking, but under normal circumstances you're probably not really conscious of where that requires you to put your mouthparts.
Shouldn't I feel it? Those parts are pretty sensitive.
Ah, well. I don't understand any of the examples presented in this thread (the pressure your fingernails put on your fingertips? Really?), so I'm just going to assume I'm an alien doppelganger with more connections between the forebrain and the brainstem/hypothalamus. It's the most reasonable conclusion.