A commentary system for consciousness?!
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Mind and Behavior 20 (2):155-181 (1999)
Critically considered here is a proposal that Weiskrantz has advanced in a recently published book on brain-damaged individuals. It is a proposal regarding the locus, nature, and character of consciousness in general. Every instance of being conscious, or aware, or having experience of anything , is supposed to be identical to either one of three kinds of activity of a commentary system in the brain that correspond to the Skinnerian distinction between overt, covert, and incipient responses. Any human or animal who is experiencing O at the present moment is therein either commenting on O to someone else, commenting on O to himself or herself, overtly or covertly, or occurrently tending to comment on O, overtly or covertly, either to someone else or to himself or herself. This third form of experience of O is made up of a certain portion of a process in the commentary system that constitutes overt or covert commenting on O
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