Functional theories can describe many features of conscious phenomenology but cannot account for its existence

Velmans, Max. 2022. Functional theories can describe many features of conscious phenomenology but cannot account for its existence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45, e62. ISSN 0140-525X [Article]

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This is a commentary on Merker, Williford & Rudrauf (2022), “The integrated information theory of consciousness: Unmasked and identified”, a target article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 45, e65. Merker, Williford & Rudrauf argue persuasively that integrated information is not identical to or sufficient for consciousness, and that projective geometries more closely formalize the spatial features of conscious phenomenology. However, these too, are not identical to or sufficient for consciousness. While such third-person specifiable functional theories can describe the many forms of consciousness, they cannot account for its existence.

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Article

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https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X21001813

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This article has been published in a revised form in Behavioral and Brain Sciences https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X21001813. This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © The Author(s), 2022.

Keywords:

consciousness phenomenology mind functionalism panpsychism cosmopsychism evolution

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
23 March 2022Published Online
2022Published

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31664

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28 Mar 2022 08:20

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29 Mar 2022 09:13

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/31664

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