Sensory consciousness explained (better) in terms of ‘corporality’ and ‘alerting capacity’
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How could neural processes be associated with phenomenal consciousness? We present a way to answer this question by taking the counterintuitive stance that the sensory feel of an experience is not a thing that happens to us, but a thing we do: a skill we exercise. By additionally noting that sensory systems possess two important, objectively measurable properties, corporality and alerting capacity, we are able to explain why sensory experience possesses a sensory feel, but thinking and other mental processes do not. We are additionally able to explain why different sensory feels differ in the way they do.
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Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
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- 1. Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris 5 René Descartes, Paris, France
- 2. Centre for Philosophical Psychology, Department of Philosophy, University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
- 3. Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, VUB, Brussel, Belgium
- 4. Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, CA