Metaphors of consciousness and attention in the brain.

  title={Metaphors of consciousness and attention in the brain.},
  author={Bernard J. Baars},
  journal={Trends in neurosciences},
  volume={21 2},
Scientific metaphors have long provided heuristic tools for approaching novel problems.Today, the neurobiology of consciousness and attention is a central concern, presenting formidable conceptual and empirical challenges. Many current ideas fit the broad theme of a theater metaphor; this idea can be worked out in detail, resulting in relevant, testable hypotheses.