Is the mind conscious, functional or both?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4):629-630 (1990)
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Max Velmans
Goldsmiths College, University of London
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What, in essence, characterizes the mind? According to Searle, the potential to be conscious provides the only definitive criterion. Thus, conscious states are unquestionably "mental"; "shallow unconscious" states are also "mental" by virtue of their capacity to be conscious (at least in principle); but there are no "deep unconscious mental states" - i.e. those rules and procedures without access to consciousness, inferred by cognitive science to characterize the operations of the unconscious mind are not mental at all. Indeed, according to Searle, they have no ontological status - they are simply ways of describing some interesting facets of purely physiological phenomena.
Keywords consciousness  conscious mind  unconscious mind  Searle  unconscious mental states  cognitive unconscious  cognitive science
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X00080626
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