Have Noe and Thompson cast doubt on the neural correlates of consciousness programme? Comment

Journal of Consciousness Studies 11 (1):56-67 (2004)
Gary Bartlett
Central Washington University
We contend that Noë and Thompson's arguments leave both the minimal substrate thesis and the (considerably stronger) matching-content doctrine unscathed. We construe their arguments as each having the form of a modus tollens as follows: (1) If the matching-content doctrine is true, then Q; (2) It is not the case that Q; therefore, (3) The matching-content doctrine is false. We show that in each case, Noë and Thompson fail to cite any Q such that both premises are true.
Keywords *Consciousness States  *Neurophysiology  *Neurosciences  *Physiological Correlates  *Visual Perception  Awareness  Brain  Theories
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