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The Juristiction of the 'I' Function

I was really interested in the discussion that we had about the 'I' function this past week.  Specifically, the idea that one can be performing a function without thinking about it or associating it with themselves, and, consequently, send this input signal through one specific box.  However, upon thinking about the action that one is performing and associating it with one's self, the signal should then be mediated by 'I' function box.  However, essentially, to an outside observer there appears to be no discrepancy between a person's 'thoughtful' walking and subconscious bipedal motion.  Does this mean that both boxes that can dictate this motion contain an identical set of neurons which fire in a similar fashion to produce the seemingly equivalent response.  In this light, does the 'I' function box contain the neuronal pathways capable of generating the vast entirety of reponses and actions that we as humans can perform?  For every unthinking action, is there also an identical set of neurons which allow that action to be regulated or produced within the constraints of the 'I' function box?  Or is the 'I' function essentially able to tap into and oversee every other box within the human body, thus just adding the ability to think about the action to the process that is generated by the box which typically regulates its unconscious activity. 

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