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the claim postulating the contents of awareness as being expected or assumed by their novelty, based upon the observation that novel or unpredicted occurrences often intrude upon continual aware acting.

NOVELTY HYPOTHESIS: "In accordance with the novelty hypothesis, observations Lucy made this afternoon are likely to impede her thoughts this evening, whereas observations or events that occurred two weeks ago are less likely to do such."

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