Imprint Academic, 1995 - Philosophy - 564 pages
The big question used to be How can physical matter give rise to life? Now it is, How can physical matter give rise to consciousness? From that other questions, such as are animanls conscious? or can machines be conscious?, all begin to tumble out. This cross-section of philosophical works consider questions related to consciousness. One section considers what it might feel like to have one's brain cells replaced, one by one, by computer chips, and another looks at the development of conscious robots. There is also a bibliography on consciousness in philosophy, cognitive science and brain research since 1975, consisting of over 1000 entries.
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What Would Count as Explaining Consciousness?
The Burning House
On the Prospects of a Naturalistic Theory of Phenomenal Consciousness
Towards a Projectivist Account of Conscious Experience
TimeGestalt and the Observer
On the Persistence of Phenomenology
Absent Qualia Fading Qualia Dancing Qualia
Multiple Drafts and Facts of the Matter
The Dissociation of Phenomenal States from Apperception
Visual InformationProcessing and Phenomenal Consciousness
Holism Homogeneity and Temporal Coding
Gaps in Penroses Toilings
A Limited Defence of Phenomenal Information
The Antipathetic Fallacy and the Boundaries of Consciousness
Selected Bibliography 19701995
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absent qualia argument artificial consciousness awareness behaviour belief blindsight blue brain Cambridge causal Churchland claim cognitive cognitive science colour concept of consciousness conscious experience Consciousness Explained Dennett Descartes distinction empirical epistemic example explain explanandum explanatory gap fact first-person functional Gulick Hameroff higher-order human hypothesis imagine International Klein Blue intrinsic introspective intuitions inverted qualia Journal of Philosophy Lycan Marianna materialist McGinn mental Metzinger microtubules mind-body problem Nagel nature Nelkin neural neurons neurosciences normally sighted objects one's organization pain Penrose perception person perspective phenomenal consciousness phenomenal content phenomenal properties Philosophical philosophy of mind physical possible problem of consciousness processes psychology qualia question reason relation relevant representational robot role Rosenthal seems sensation sense sensory sky appears space spatial structure subjective supervenience temporal temporal coding theoretical theory of consciousness things thought tion understanding visual visual cortex William Lycan