Each of us has an interpreter in our left hemisphere.
This interpreter constructs theories about why we act and behave the way we do.
Thousands (perhaps millions) of brain activities go on relatively independently of one another and all outside the realm of conscious experience. They affect body movements, emotions, thoughts, ....
Once these brain activities are expressed, the expressions become events that the conscious system takes note of and that the interpreter must explain.
--- "tip of the tongue" phenomena
--- "unconscious" problem solving
The interpreter constructs our conscious reality by interpreting the (limited and fragmentary) data available to it.
Your conscious life is an "afterthought" constructed by the interpreter.
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Source: Gazzaniga, Michael S., Mind Matters