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Locating Consciousness
     

Locating Consciousness

by Valerie Gray Hardcastle
 

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Locating Consciousness argues that our qualitative experiences should be aligned with the activity of a single and distinct memory system in our mind/brain. Spelling out in detail what we do and do not know about phenomenological experience, this book denies the common view of consciousness as a central decision-making system. Instead, consciousness is viewed

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Locating Consciousness argues that our qualitative experiences should be aligned with the activity of a single and distinct memory system in our mind/brain. Spelling out in detail what we do and do not know about phenomenological experience, this book denies the common view of consciousness as a central decision-making system. Instead, consciousness is viewed as a lower level dynamical structure underpinning our information processing. This new perspective affords novel solutions to a wide range of problems: the absent qualia, the binding problem, the inverted spectra, the specter of epiphenomenalism, the explanatory gap, the distinction between objective and subjective, and the general skeptical doubts about the viability of the naturalist project itself. Drawing on recent data in psychology and neuroscience, Locating Consciousness also discusses when we become conscious and when we should think other animals are conscious. (Series A)

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Derek Browne
She offers her work as "an extended example of interdisciplinary research" in which philosophical arguments are supported with data from "cognitive and developmental psychology, AI programming, linguistics, clinical neurology, neurophysiology, and neuropsychology." She proves to be a knowledgeable guide to the relevant science....Her work is valuable for philosophers who want to learn some relevant science.
Psyche

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027251244
Publisher:
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/08/1995
Series:
Advances in Consciousness Research Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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