David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Consciousness Studies 4 (3):231-48 (1997)
The master-module theory of consciousness is considered in the light of experimental evidence that has emerged since the model was first published. It is found that these new results tend to strengthen the original hypothesis. It is also argued that the master module is involved in generation of the schemata previously postulated to be associated with consciousness . The recent discovery of attention-related activity in the thalamic intralaminar nuclei is taken to indicate that these structures constitute an important part of the feedback loop which the theory conjectured to mediate thought. The theory is shown to lead to a remarkably simple rationalization of the cerebral cortex, and it offers explanations of attention, binocular rivalry and qualia. It also makes the surprising prediction that Broca's area might not exclusively serve speech
|Keywords||Brain Consciousness Mechanism Neurology Science Sperry, R|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Nigel J. T. Thomas (1999). Are Theories of Imagery Theories of Imagination? An Active Perception Approach to Conscious Mental Content. Cognitive Science 23 (2):207-245.
Kevin Warwick (2010). Implications and Consequences of Robots with Biological Brains. Ethics and Information Technology 12 (3):223-234.
Similar books and articles
Roger Penrose (1994). Mechanisms, Microtubules, and the Mind. Journal of Consciousness Studies 1 (2):241-49.
Joseph J. Fins & F. Plum (2004). Neurological Diagnosis is More Than a State of Mind: Diagnostic Clarity and Impaired Consciousness. Archives of Neurology 61 (9):1354-1355.
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran & William Hirstein (1998). Three Laws of Qualia: What Neurology Tells Us About the Biological Functions of Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 4 (4-5):429-57.
Semir Zeki (2004). The Neurology of Ambiguity. Consciousness and Cognition 13 (1):173-196.
Peter G. Grossenbacher (ed.) (1997). Finding Consciousness in the Brain: A Neurocognitive Approach. John Benjamins.
Gerard O'Brien & Jonathan Opie (1998). The Disunity of Consciousness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (3):378-95.
Ernst Pöppel (1997). Consciousness Versus States of Being Conscious. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):155-156.
Charles Ripley (1984). Sperry's Concept of Consciousness. Inquiry 27 (December):399-423.
Donald M. Mackay (1963). Consciousness and Mechanism: A Reply to Miss Fozzy. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 14 (August):157-159.
Ian Vine (2001). Motivating Consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (1):190-191.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads42 ( #98,205 of 1,902,047 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #281,247 of 1,902,047 )
How can I increase my downloads?