SO… what am I missing here? I keep seeing these videos showing some Blender Guru modeling something and they use the circle select tool and end up selecting a whole hemisphere at once. where it takes me doing “select-enter-rotate-select” a bunch of times to get what I want.
in edit mode, you can turn off “limit selection to visible” by clicking the highlighted cube icon just right of the vert/edge/face selection icons on the header. then selections will include the back faces.