Conscious Experience

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Thomas Metzinger
Imprint Academic, 1995 - Philosophy - 564 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
41
What Would Count as Explaining Consciousness?
61
The Burning House
81
Sceptical Accounts
93
On the Prospects of a Naturalistic Theory of Phenomenal Consciousness
107
Towards a Projectivist Account of Conscious Experience
123
Introduction
145
TimeGestalt and the Observer
165
On the Persistence of Phenomenology
293
Absent Qualia Fading Qualia Dancing Qualia
309
Introduction
331
Multiple Drafts and Facts of the Matter
359
The Dissociation of Phenomenal States from Apperception
373
Introduction
387
Visual InformationProcessing and Phenomenal Consciousness
409
Holism Homogeneity and Temporal Coding
425

Gaps in Penroses Toilings
185
Introduction
215
A Limited Defence of Phenomenal Information
243
The Antipathetic Fallacy and the Boundaries of Consciousness
259
PartS Qualia
273
Introduction
465
Artificial Consciousness
489
Selected Bibliography 19701995
507
List of Contributors
557
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Thomas Metzinger is Professor of Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitAt Mainz, Germany. He is the editor of "Neural Correlates of Consciousness" (MIT Press, 2000).

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