Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT Press) by Owen Flanagan

By Owen Flanagan

Consciousness is neither dazzling nor finally mysterious. during this vast, enjoyable, and persuasive account Owen Flanagan argues that we're so one can figuring out attention and its position within the usual order. No point of awareness escapes Flanagan's probe. Qualia, self-consciousness, autobiographical reminiscence, perceptions, sensations, the move of realization, issues resembling blindsight, different types of amnesia, and a number of character all discover a position in a optimistic idea that brings into reflective equilibrium insights from a wide range of disciplines to bare the deep, wealthy, and intricate hidden constitution of consciousness.

Flanagan roams freely via numerous clinical and philosophical domain names, exhibiting the way it is feasible to appreciate human recognition in a fashion that offers its subjective, extra special points their complete due whereas while considering the neural bases of subjectivity. the result's a strong man made idea of realization, a "constructive naturalism," in accordance with which subjective cognizance is genuine, performs a big causal function, and is living within the brain.

Flanagan attracts the reader right into a global of fascinating present debates between such philosophers as Thomas Nagel, Daniel Dennett, Paul Churchland, Patricia Churchland, and Colin McGinn, and he makes this global available. He masterfully weaves the most recent insights from conception and examine in cognitive neuroscience, neural darwinism, connectionist mind structure, and puppy scanners to bare transparent hyperlinks among occasions that "seem a undeniable means" and underlying neural job. William James's recognized phenomenological research of awareness and neurologically impaired characters from the writings of Oliver Sacks and A.R. Luria sign up for the narrative, offering important insights into very important present controversies at the relation of attention to self.

Show description

Read or Download Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT Press) PDF

Best cognitive books

Pain: New Essays on Its Nature and the Methodology of Its Study (MIT Press)

What does feeling a pointy ache in one's hand have in universal with seeing a crimson apple at the desk? a few say no longer a lot, except the truth that they're either wakeful stories. to determine an item is to understand an extramental fact -- subsequently, a pink apple. To consider a soreness, against this, is to endure a unsleeping event that does not unavoidably relate the topic to an goal truth.

Problem Solving Book 3 Key Stage 1 (KS1 Problem Solving) (Bk. 3)

KS1 challenge fixing is a revolutionary sequence of books which aid youngsters to sharpen their mathematical talents by means of employing their wisdom to various 'real-life' events corresponding to procuring and telling the time. KS1 challenge fixing ebook three contains: utilizing 100 sq., ordinary or even numbers, addition and subtraction to a hundred, correct angles and measuring with a ruler, counting cash, calculating switch, changing pence to kilos and analyzing a calendar.

Language, Music, and Mind (MIT Press)

Taking a unique method of a longstanding challenge within the philosophy of artwork, Diana Raffman presents the 1st cognitivist idea of the character of ineffable, or verbally inexpressible, musical wisdom. within the procedure she additionally sheds gentle on vital concerns within the conception of brain. Raffman invokes contemporary conception in linguistics and cognitive psychology to supply an account of the content material and etiology of musical wisdom that "can now not be positioned into phrases.

White Queen Psychology and Other Essays for Alice (Bradford Books)

Ruth Millikan's prolonged argument for a organic view of the research of cognition in Language, suggestion, and different organic different types stuck the eye of the philosophical group. Universally considered as a huge, even wonderful, paintings, its complexity and dense presentation made it tough to plumb.

Extra info for Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT Press)

Sample text

Rather than suggesting that the question is ill formed or misguided, that there is nothing to be understood, and rather than advocating complete elimination, an idea that haunts some passages in the paper, Churchland promotes the idea of concept transformation, mentioned in the paper title. Indeed, in response to her question of "how should we try to understand what consciousness is," she promotes what she later describes as the coevolutionary strategy (1986). We need to study the "neurophysiological differences between conscious and nonconscious states.

But most of the evaluation and recognition is done unconsciously. Dennett writes that the "key to control is the ability to track or even anticipate the important features of the environment, so all brains are, in essence, anticipation-machines" (1988b, 6). Overall, our brain is the most powerful anticipation machine ever built. But compared to us, other systems are more sensitive to, and thus better anticipators of, certain classes of events, especially those relevant to their survival. Snakes, for example, are reliable detectors of impending earthquakes, more reliable, some say, than scientific instruments sunk far deeper in the ground.

Consciousness will go the way of phlogiston. There is simply no place in the brain that plays the conceptualized role. Fortunately for the friends of consciousness, the very vagueness of the concept allows that conscious experience may yet receive a noneliminativist account within a mature science of the mind. Unlike the concept of phlogiston (and perhaps unlike the concepts of the id and the libido), the concept of consciousness was not initially designed to play an explanatory role in science.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.69 of 5 – based on 13 votes