Well, technically, the article states we all may already be zombies. So don't worry about your neighbor biting a chunk out of your brain (well, I guess depending on your neighbor, you may still have to worry about that).
Anyway, the article is pretty neat. It talks about different experiments which have been done over the past few decades, and describes some processes that one would think involve conscious though, but instead seem to be controlled (or at least aided) by our unconscious minds.
I thought that was a particularly interesting case. But the article goes on to talk about the flip-side of things, and ends up back in a realm that I think is more in-line with most of our feelings on conscious v. subconscious thought. Basically the idea that sub-con. handles simple, repetitive information processing, freeing up the conscious for the more complex things.In 1988 a woman known as “patient D. F.” suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and lost the ability to recognize objects and shapes. Her eyes were still relaying information to her brain, but the connections between regions of her brain had been damaged so that she was no longer aware of what was before her. Scientists at the University of Western Ontario set a card on a table in front of D. F. and then held up a disk with a slot in it. They asked D. F. to hold the card at the same angle as the slot. She couldn’t. But when asked to put the card in the slot as if she were mailing a letter, she immediately — and unknowingly — turned the card to the correct angle and slipped it in.
Anyway, I like these kind of articles so I thought I'd post it here.