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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will$
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David Hodgson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001

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Gestalts and Rules

Gestalts and Rules

(p.79) 5 Gestalts and Rules
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 5, I offer a specific and straightforward proposal as to what the role of consciousness is, namely to enable an organism to be responsive to circumstances grasped as wholes, not just to their constituent features that engage with laws or rules. And I support this proposal by an original argument of mine, to the effect that in our conscious experiences we grasp and respond appositely to whole feature-rich gestalts, which do not as wholes engage with any applicable laws or rules. I contrast with this the operation of rule-determined systems such as the Game of Life and computers.

Keywords:   role of consciousness, gestalts, rules. laws, informational content, types, variable quantities, aesthetic judgments, Game of Life, computation

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