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Inside this Book – Well, here’s the story that I would tell. The primary function of the nervous system, as far as we know, is to encode knowledge, to know things; and the technical term that’s often used for this is representation. But there are unconscious forms of knowledge, or un- conscious representations, and there are conscious representations. One of the clearly answerable questions that I think we have today is, what is the difference between two identical pieces of knowledge, one of which is conscious, and the other one is unconscious? That’s an answerable question because it allows you to treat consciousness as a variable; and I would argue that anything in science that we can ask questions about has to be treated as a variable.
Inside this book –Conversations on Consciousness PDF Book by Susan Blackmore – Phenomenal consciousness is what I’ve just been talking about, that thing that we find so hard to understand how it could be a brain state, or how it could be supervened or determined by a brain state. Phenomenal consciousness is a thing such that we don’t understand why it’s determined by one brain state rather than another. Access consciousness is what is often meant by consciousness—for example, I think it’s what Freud meant by consciousness. When he talked about an unconscious state, he wasn’t talking about something phenomenal, he was talking about something repressed, something you didn’t have access to. This might, for example, be a vivid phenomenal state; somebody might have an image that it would be psychologically damaging for them to bring fully into the kind of awareness that underlies thought and reasoning; so they might have to repress that vivid image. It might be very phenomenal but it wouldn’t be accessible.
Conversations on Consciousness by Susan Blackmore PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – Conversations on Consciousness
- Author of this Book – Susan Blackmore
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Philosophy, Science
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