- Title Pages
- Colour Plates
- Chapter 1 Stances towards the problem of consciousness
- Chapter 2 The illusory narrative of consciousness
- Chapter 3 Where science and consciousness meet
- Chapter 4 Intentionality
- Chapter 5 Reality and illusion
- Chapter 6 Enter qualia
- Chapter 7 A survival value for consciousness?
- Chapter 8 Creeping up on the hard problem
- Chapter 9 Epiphenomenalism revisited
- Chapter 10 Scrutinising functionalism
- Chapter 11 From Cartesian theatre to global workspace
- Chapter 12 The global neuronal workspace
- Chapter 13 The neural correlate of consciousness
- Chapter 14 Bottom-up vs top-down processing
- Chapter 15 Egocentric space and the parietal lobes
- Chapter 16 Taking physics seriously
- Chapter 17 Consciousness of self: The point of view
- Chapter 18 The bodily senses
- Chapter 19 Responsibility
- Chapter 20 Overview
- (p.65) Chapter 6 Enter qualia
- Oxford University Press
This chapter begins with a discussion of the heart of the problem of consciousness: qualia. It explores animal consciousness and shows that animals, mammals in particular, have qualia, which rules out the need to take seriously suggestions that consciousness began with the Greeks or requires human language or that its survival value (by way of sexual selection) lies in its contribution to specifically human intelligence or artistic sensitivity. The chapter then considers the possibility that consciousness actually has no real function: that it is an epiphenomenon.
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