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  1. On a Confusion About a Function of Consciousness.Ned Block - 1995 - Brain and Behavioral Sciences 18 (2):227-–247.
    Consciousness is a mongrel concept: there are a number of very different "consciousnesses." Phenomenal consciousness is experience; the phenomenally conscious aspect of a state is what it is like to be in that state. The mark of access-consciousness, by contrast, is availability for use in reasoning and rationally guiding speech and action. These concepts are often partly or totally conflated, with bad results. This target article uses as an example a form of reasoning about a function (...)
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  2. Does Consciousness Perform a Function Independently of the Brain?Jean E. Burns - 1991 - Frontier Perspectives, Center for Frontier Sciences, Temple University 2 (1):19-34.
    Even if all of the content of conscious experience is encoded in the brain, there is a considerable difference between the view that consciousness does independent processing and the view that it does not. If all processing is done by the brain, then conscious experience is unnecessary and irrelevant to behavior. If consciousness performs a function, then its association with particular aspects of brain processing reflect its functional use in determining behavior. However, if consciousness does perform (...)
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  3. Zombies and the Function of Consciousness.Owen J. Flanagan & Thomas W. Polger - 1995 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (4):313-21.
    Todd Moody’s Zombie Earth thought experiment is an attempt to show that ‘conscious inessentialism’ is false or in need of qualification. We defend conscious inessentialism against his criticisms, and argue that zombie thought experiments highlight the need to explain why consciousness evolved and what function(s) it serves. This is the hardest problem in consciousness studies.
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    Emotion and the Function of Consciousness.Craig DeLancey - 1996 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 3 (5-6):492-99.
    Certain arguments that phenomenal conscious states play no role, or play a role that could be different, depend upon the seeming plausibility of thought experiments such as the inverted spectrum or phenomenal zombie. These thought experiments are always run for perceptual states like colour vision. Run for affective states like emotions, they become absurd, because the prior intension of our concepts of emotional states are that the phenomenal experience is inseparable from their motivational aspects. Our growing scientific understanding of emotion (...)
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    Dreaming and Consciousness: Testing the Threat Simulation Theory of the Function of Dreaming.Antti Revonsuo & Katja Valli - 2000 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 6.
    We tested the new threat simulation theory of the biological function of dreaming by analysing 592 dreams from 52 subjects with a rating scale developed for quantifying threatening events in dreams. The main predictions were that dreams contain more frequent and more severe threats than waking life does; that dream threats are realistic; and that they primarily threaten the Dream Self who tends to behave in a relevant defensive manner in response to them. These predictions were confirmed and the (...)
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  6. Volition and the Function of Consciousness.Hakwan Lau - 2009 - Faith and Philosophy 26 (5):537-552.
    People have intuitively assumed that many acts of volition are not influenced by unconscious information. However, the available evidence suggests that under suitable conditions, unconscious information can influence behavior and the underlying neural mechanisms. One possibility is that stimuli that are consciously perceived tend to yield strong signals in the brain, and this makes us think that consciousness has the function of sending such strong signals. However, if we could create conditions where the stimuli could produce strong signals (...)
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    How a Neural Correlate Can Function as an Explanation of Consciousness: Evidence From the History of Science Regarding the Likely Explanatory Value of the NCC Approach.Ilya B. Farber - 2005 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (4-5):77-95.
    A frequent criticism of the neuroscientific approach to consciousness is that its theories describe only 'correlates' or 'analogues' of consciousness, and so fail to address the nature of consciousness itself. Despite its apparent logical simplicity, this criticism in fact relies on some substantive assumptions about the nature and evolution of scientific explanations. In particular, it is usually assumed that, in expressing correlations, neural correlate of consciousness (NCC) theories must fail to capture the causal structure relating brain (...)
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    Object, Limits and Function of Consciousness.J. F. Richard - 1999 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (2-3):2-3.
    [opening paragraph]: The following comments are from a psychologist, involved in the study of complex human information processing such as problem-solving, in which overt behaviour cannot be isolated from the subject's representation, since it is the prototype of goal-directed activity. In that respect perception, i.e. interpretation of the situation, is intrinsically linked to action, i.e. to changing the situation so as to complete the goal. In that field representation cannot be assimilated to consciousness, and it is very important, in (...)
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    What is the Function of Consciousness?Benny Shanon - 1998 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 5 (3):295-308.
    This paper proposes an answer to the title question on the basis of the analysis of empirical data -- a large corpus of what I call thought sequences, namely, trains of verbal-like expressions that spontaneously pass through people's minds. The analysis reveals several patterns that could not have occurred had thought not been conducted in a conscious manner. The feature that makes these patterns possible is the concreteness resulting from the articulation of thought in a particular medium: such articulation is (...)
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  10. Review of 'Consciousness and its Function' by David Rosenthal. [REVIEW]Richard Brown - 2009 - Philosopher's Digest.
    David Rosenthal is a well-known defender of a particular kind of theory of consciousness known as the higher-order thought theory (HOTT). Higher-order theories are united by what Rosenthal calls the Transitivity Principle (TP), which states that a mental state is conscious iff one is conscious of oneself, in some suitable way, as being in that mental state. Since there are various ways to implement TP and HOTT commits one to the view that any mental state could occur unconsciously it (...)
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    The Function of Consciousness.Michael Tye - 1996 - Noûs 30 (3):287-305.
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    Can Evolutionary Theory Explain the Existence of Consciousness? A Review of Humphrey, N.(2010) Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. London: Quercus, ISBN 9781849162371.Max Velmans - 2011 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (11-12):243-254.
    This review summarises why it is difficult for Darwinian evolutionary theory to explain the existence and function of consciousness. It then evaluates whether Humphrey's book Soul Dust overcomes these problems. According to Humphrey, consciousness is an illusion constructed by the brain to enhance reproductive fitness by motivating creatures that have it to stay alive. Although the review entirely accepts that consciousness gives a first-person meaning to existence, it concludes that Humphrey does not give a convincing account (...)
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    Repairing Plato's Life Boat with Ockham's Razor: The Important Function of Research in Anomalies for Consciousness Studies.Harald Walach & Stefan Schmidt - 2005 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (2):52-70.
    Scientific progress is achieved not only by continuous accumulation of knowledge but also by paradigm shifts. These shifts are often necessitated by anomalous findings that cannot be incorporated in accepted models. Two important methodological principles regulate this process and complement each other: Ockham's Razor as the principle of parsimony and Plato's Life Boat as the principle of the necessity to 'save the appearances' and thus incorporate conflicting phenomenological data into theories. We review empirical data which are in conflict with some (...)
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  14. Consciousness, Intentionality, and Function: What is the Right Order of Explanation?Pierre Jacob - 1995 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):195-200.
    I examine and criticize John Searle's view of the relationships between consciousness, intentionality and function.
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  15. The Reinterpretation of Dreams: An Evolutionary Hypothesis of the Function of Dreaming.Antti Revonsuo - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):877-901.
    Several theories claim that dreaming is a random by-product of REM sleep physiology and that it does not serve any natural function. Phenomenal dream content, however, is not as disorganized as such views imply. The form and content of dreams is not random but organized and selective: during dreaming, the brain constructs a complex model of the world in which certain types of elements, when compared to waking life, are underrepresented whereas others are over represented. Furthermore, dream content is (...)
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  16. A/T Evolution and Function of Consciousness—Va Introduction.Stuart R. Hameroff - 1999 - In S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak & David Chalmers (eds.), Toward a Science of Consciousness Iii: The Third Tucson Discussions and Debates. MIT Press. pp. 3--245.
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    The Function of Consciousness or of Information?David Navon - 1991 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (4):690-691.
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    The Function of the Cerebellum in Cognition, Affect and Consciousness: Empirical Support for the Embodied Mind.J. D. Schmahmann, C. M. Anderson, N. Newton & R. Ellis - 2002 - Consciousness and Emotion 2 (2):273-309.
    Editors’ note: These four interrelated discussions of the role of the cerebellum in coordinating emotional and higher cognitive functions developed out of a workshop presented by the four authors for the 2000 Conference of the Cognitive Science Society at the University of Pennsylvania. The four interrelated discussions explore the implications of the recent explosion of cerebellum research suggesting an expanded cerebellar role in higher cognitive functions as well as in the coordination of emotional functions with learning, logical thinking, perceptual (...), and action planning. (shrink)
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  19. The Function of Consciousness.David J. Cole - 2002 - In James H. Fetzer (ed.), Consciousness Evolving. John Benjamins. pp. 287-305.
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    An Experimental Disconnection Approach to a Function of Consciousness.Joseph E. Bogen - 2001 - International Journal of Neuroscience 111 (3):135-136.
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    Consciousness and the Function of Remembered Episodes.Robert S. Lockhart - 1989 - In Henry L. I. Roediger & Fergus I. M. Craik (eds.), Varieties of Memory and Consciousness. Lawrence Erlbaum. pp. 423--429.
  22. On Changing One's Mind: A Possible Function of Consciousness.Keith Oatley - 1988 - In Anthony J. Marcel & E. Bisiach (eds.), Consciousness in Contemporary Science. Oxford University Press. pp. 369--389.
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    On the Function of Consciousness.Peter Mott - 1982 - Mind 91 (July):423-9.
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  24. Psychoanalysis and the Function of Consciousness.David M. Black - 2001 - In Anthony Molino & Christine Ware (eds.), Where Id Was: Challenging Normalization in Psychoanalysis. Disseminations, Psychoanalysis in Contexts. Wesleyan University Press. pp. 47-57.
  25. A Theory of Neurophysics and Quantum Neuroscience: Implications for Brain Function and the Limits of Consciousness.M. A. Persinger & S. A. Koren - 2007 - International Journal of Neuroscience 117 (2):157-175.
  26. The Function of the Cerebellum in Cognition, Affect and Consciousness: Empirical Support for the Embodied Mind--Introduction.Natika Newton - 2001 - Consciousness and Emotion 2 (2):273-276.
  27. Psychology: An Introductory Study of the Structure and Function of Human Consciousness[REVIEW]C. E. Seashore - 1905 - Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 2 (5):133-135.
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  28. The Primary Function of Consciousness: Why Skeletal Muscles Are Voluntary Muscles.Ezequiel Morsella, Stephen C. Krieger & John A. Bargh - 2009 - In Ezequiel Morsella, John A. Bargh & Peter M. Gollwitzer (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Human Action. Oxford University Press.
  29. The Function of Consciousness on Matter.Yu Guangyuan - 1981 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 12 (3):38-54.
    Note: This is an article I wrote in 1953. In recent years there have been new developments in the "debate between man and machines." Machines can "understand" what man says and do things according to human commands, facts that I did not know possible at the time. However, I believe that the ideas contained in this article concerning the views that only physical or material forces can effect changes in the state of matter and that there are two kinds of (...)
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  30. The Function of Consciousness on Matter.Yu Guangyuan - 1976 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 7 (3):38-54.
    Note: This is an article I wrote in 1953. In recent years there have been new developments in the "debate between man and machines." Machines can "understand" what man says and do things according to human commands, facts that I did not know possible at the time. However, I believe that the ideas contained in this article concerning the views that only physical or material forces can effect changes in the state of matter and that there are two kinds of (...)
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    The Function of Consciousness in Multisensory Integration.Terry D. Palmer & Ashley K. Ramsey - 2012 - Cognition 125 (3):353-364.
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    How Best to Study the Function of Consciousness?Jason Samaha - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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  33. Deficit Studies and the Function of Phenomenal Consciousness.Robert van Gulick - 1994 - In George Graham & G. Lynn Stephens (eds.), Philosophical Psychopathology. MIT Press.
     
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  34. Consciousness and the Intercortical Correlation Function of Electroencephalograms.K. Konno, Y. Katayama & T. Yamamoto - 2002 - In Kunio Yasue, Marj Jibu & Tarcisio Della Senta (eds.), No Matter, Never Mind. John Benjamins.
     
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    The Biological Function of Consciousness.Brian Earl - 2014 - Frontiers in Psychology 5.
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  36. The Nature and Function of Consciousness: Lessons From Blindsight.Guven Guzeldere, Owen J. Flanagan & Valerie Gray Hardcastle - 2000 - In Michael S. Gazzaniga (ed.), The New Cognitive Neurosciences: 2nd Edition. MIT Press.
  37. The Function of Consciousness on Matter+ How Consciousness Acts on the Material World.Gy Yu - 1981 - Chinese Studies in Philosophy 12 (3):38-54.
     
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    Individual Differences in Phenomenological Experience: States of Consciousness as a Function of Absorption.Ronald J. Pekala & Levine R. L. Wenger C. F. - 1985 - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 48:125-32.
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    Icon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human Consciousness[REVIEW]B. C. - 1956 - Review of Metaphysics 9 (3):522-523.
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  40. Psychology: An Introductory Study of the Structure and Function of Human Consciousness.James Rowland Angell - 1905 - Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 2 (5):133-135.
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  41. The Function and Facilitation of Consciousness.David Rosenthal - manuscript
  42. Psychology: An Introductory Study of the Structure and Function of Human Consciousness.James Rowland Angell - 1905 - Philosophical Review 14 (4):481-487.
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  43. Psychology : an introductory Study of the structure and function of human consciousness.J. R. Angell - 1905 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 59:643-647.
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  44. Brain and Consciousness: A Discussion About the Function of the Brain.W. R. Hess & H. Fischer - 1973 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 17 (1):109-118.
  45. Review of Consciousness and Biological Evolution , The Religious Instinct, and The Function of Religious Expression. [REVIEW]Hiram M. Stanley - 1897 - Psychological Review 4 (4):420-421.
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    The Limits of Neuropsychological Models of Consciousness.Max Velmans - 1995 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (4):702-703.
    This commentary elaborates on Gray's conclusion that his neurophysiological model of consciousness might explain how consciousness arises from the brain, but does not address how consciousness evolved, affects behaviour or confers survival value. The commentary argues that such limitations apply to all neurophysiological or other third-person perspective models. To approach such questions the first-person nature of consciousness needs to be taken seriously in combination with third-person models of the brain.
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    Consciousness and the Exclusivity of Function.Eric Russert Kraemer - 1984 - Mind 93 (April):271-5.
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    Blindsight and Shape Perception: Deficit of Visual Consciousness or of Visual Function?Anthony J. Marcel - 1998 - Brain 121:1565-88.
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  49. Blindsight and Perceptual Consciousness: Neuropsychological Aspects of Striate Cortical Function.Petra Stoerig & Alan Cowey - 1993 - In B. Gulyas, D. Ottoson & P. Rol (eds.), Functional Organization of the Human Visual Cortex. Pergamon Press.
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    The Effect of Claustrum Lesions on Human Consciousness and Recovery of Function.Aileen Chau, Andres M. Salazar, Frank Krueger, Irene Cristofori & Jordan Grafman - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:256-264.
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