The RAS collects sensory input from the body, collates it, and routes it to appropriate decoding centers in other parts of the brain (e.g., the cerebrum). (Pearce, Joseph Chilton. The Biology of Transcendence. p 110. VT: Park Street Press, 2002.)

Activity in the Reticular Formation stimulates the cortex into action—without which there is no consciousness. (Carter, Rita, Ed. Exploring Consciousness. p 29, 115. CA: University of California Press, 1998.)

The RAS originates in brainstem and handles functions essential to the alert conscious state. (Guiffre, Kenneth, MD. The Care and Feeding of Your Brain. p 22-23. NJ: Career Press, 1999.)

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