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Neural activation, information, and phenomenal consciousness

Velmans, Max. 1999. Neural activation, information, and phenomenal consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22(1), pp. 172-173. ISSN 0140-525X [Article]

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Abstract or Description

O'Brien & Opie defend a “vehicle” rather than a “process” theory of consciousness largely on the grounds that only conscious information is “explicit.” I argue that preconscious and unconscious representations can be functionally explicit (semantically well-formed and causally active). I also suggest that their analysis of how neural activation space mirrors the information structure of phenomenal experience fits more naturally into a dual-aspect theory of information than into their reductive physicalism.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X99491794

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
February 1999Published

Item ID:

26187

Date Deposited:

10 Apr 2019 13:25

Last Modified:

10 Apr 2019 13:25

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26187

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