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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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Creeping up on the hard problem

Creeping up on the hard problem

(p.89) Chapter 8 Creeping up on the hard problem

Jeffrey Gray

Oxford University Press

This chapter first sets out a series of starting assumptions that any theory of consciousness will need either to make or to choose between. It then sketches a (partial) theory based upon these assumptions. It proposes that a key function of consciousness is to permit, in the simulated ‘real world’ medium of perceptual experience, the juxtaposition and comparison of variables controlled by different unconscious servomechanisms, especially when these are in different sensory modalities; and the modification of their set-points in the light of a wider array of information than any single servomechanism has at its command.

Keywords:   conscious experience, consciousness, perceptual experience, qualia, error detection

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