Consciousness Studies: Research prospects in the ‘Cradle of Human Consciousness’

Alternation 10 (1):271-291 (2003)
The paper introduces the field of consciousness studies to an audience outside of philosophy and the cognitive sciences, using the work of the late David Brooks as a starting point. Brooks' account of consciousness, and the cognitive and evolutionary significance of for-the-organism properties, are discussed. Brooks' account is evaluated in the light of the debate over conscious inessentialism; and alternative lines for developing Brooks' account are proposed, drawing on the work of Gerald Edelman.
Keywords consciousness  evolution of consciousness  zombies  conscious inessentialism  primary consciousness  higher-order consciousness
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