a new research paper in Frontiers of Psychology, Peter Halligan & David A Oakley argue that this is a mistake.
They suggest that our personal awareness does not create, cause or
choose our beliefs, feelings or perceptions. Instead, the contents of
consciousness are generated “behind the scenes” by fast, efficient,
non-conscious systems in our brains. All this happens without any
interference from our personal awareness, which sits passively in the
passenger seat while these processes occur.
Put simply, we don’t consciously choose our thoughts or our feelings – we become aware of them.
Via: Real Clear Science