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ConsciousnessCreeping up on the hard problem$
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Jeffrey Gray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198520917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520917.001.0001

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(p.35) Chapter 4 Intentionality

Jeffrey Gray

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This chapter examines the Hard Problem of consciousness at a finer level of detail, by considering the nature of the gap between consciousness and brain activity. It argues that intentionality can attach to processes that are achieved unconsciously. Thus, it is unlikely that a deeper scrutiny of the properties of intentionality will lead ipso facto to a solution of the Hard Problem of consciousness. The laws of physics and chemistry plus the principles of cybernetics are able in principle to accommodate, without residual mystery, intentionality and representation. These conclusions free us to look at what consciousness per se brings to the party, over and above these powerful but comprehensible capacities of the unconscious brain/mind.

Keywords:   Hard Problem, consciousness, brain activity, intentionality

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