Self-Based Notions of Consciousness

Document Type: 
ASSC Conference Item
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
Consciousness, the hard problem, qualia, thick time
Deposited by: 
Professor Donald Perlis
Date of Issue: 
2006
Authors: 
Don Perlis
Event Dates: 
23-26 June 200
Event Location: 
Oxford, UK
Event Title: 
10th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Event Type: 
ASSC Conference
Presentation Type: 
Poster
Refereed: 
No
Number of Pages: 
10
Abstract: 
I survey 'self-based' notions of consciousness (that urge a fundamental role for self-reference or self-awareness) and contrast such theories with various alternatives, giving special attention to the so-called hard problem. Why should a particular process (in a particular cognitive architecture) be accompanied by a feel, a what-it's-like to be that process? I will argue that self-based theories at least hold out a hope and a direction here, unlike most non-self-based theories. Further, self-based theories and their relatives come from divers parts of cognitive science, an intriguing further hint of their significance. Among the self-based ideas to be considered are those of Elman, Grice, Humphrey, Lloyd, Newton, Peacocke, Perry, and Searle.
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