Posts Tagged ‘qualia’

Quantum Spacetime and Consciousness

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Author: Philip J Carter, Invited article for the Journal of Neuroquantology Submission history [v1] 2013-12-26 14:51:58 [v2] 2014-01-16 12:49:26 A higher-dimensional spacetime model is proposed, accounting for nonlocal quantum phenomena while embracing Special Relativity as a limiting case. The Aspect and Megidish experiments are explained within this spacetime framework. Time is understood as spatial motion relative to higher dimensions, offering the degrees of freedom demanded by nonlocal Read more […]

The self, consciousness and will

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Response to a debate on Fate, Freedom and Neuroscience at the Institute of Arts and Ideas, London This debate highlighted some of the problems that bedevil modern consciousness studies. One such problem is the tendency to elide the self with consciousness. A more detailed analysis suggests that the self is not the same thing as consciousness, but instead merely a part of the contents of consciousness. The main components of the self are, firstly the necessary distinction between the body and the Read more […]

An Anatomy of Thought

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An Anatomy of Thought Ian Glynn Weidenfled & Nicolson ISBN This review deals only with chapter 23 of this book, being the chapter that discusses consciousness and qualia. For someone who appears to be fairly mainstream in other respects, Glynn is unusually critical of Dennett and other mainstream ideas about consciousness. Glynn starts almost immediately in this chapter by discussing qualia, the ‘raw’ or subjective experience of the world, taking as examples such instances as the Read more […]

Explaining qualia?

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Explaining what people say about qualia J. Kevin O’Regan In:- Perception, Action & Consciousness – Eds. – Gangopadhayay, N., Madary, M. & Spicer, F. INTRODUCTION:  Although this chapter contains some insightful material, it does not appear to succeed in its aim of dealing with the problem of qualia. The key step in the argument is that qualia are ineffable in being at the same time consciously experienced but indescribable; autonomic body processes also cannot be described, therefore Read more […]

Damasio on emotion

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    The Feeling of What Happens Antonio Damasio The most useful function, although not the main purpose of Damasio’s latest book, is to lay to rest several of the scientific notions about emotions, language and other aspects of the mind, which had dogged scientific discussion during the 1990s. However, in its central purpose, of discussing consciousness and its relationship to emotion and the self the book proves disappointing. In the first place, the book tends to identify Read more […]

On volition

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David H. Ingvar Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6, Nos 8-9 (1999) pp. 1-10 The article discusses studies of actual and imagined willed acts. These studies suggest that such acts are planned in the frontal and prefrontal cortex as programmes for motor, verbal, cognitive and other acts. Brain scanning shows that prefrontal activity is different for actual and imagined activities. In psychiatric illnesses, reductions in the resting activity of the prefrontal have been recorded. The relationship Read more […]