The survival value of informed awareness

Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (1):137-154 (2007)
Various hypotheses about the importance of psycho-neural concomitants are reviewed and their implications discussed for the 'easy' and 'hard' problems of consciousness -- especially, as viewed by cognitive and ecological psychology. In Ecological Psychology, where the subjective-objective dichotomy is repudiated, these concepts are without foundation, and are replaced by informed awareness, which is argued to play an important, perhaps, indispensable role in goal- directed actions and thus to have survival value. The significance of informed awareness is illustrated in several real- world goal-directed tasks
Keywords *Awareness  *Cognitive Processes  *Consciousness States  *Ecological Psychology  Objectivity  Subjectivity
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