Prospects for the Scientific Observer of Perceptual Consciousness

  • Gordon Globus
  • Stephen Franklin


It would seem that the prospects for the “scientific observer” of brain and behavior are excellent, given the extraordinary advance of twentieth-century science. Until the level of investigation descends to the quantum domain, where peculiar difficulties in observation arise (Bohm, 1951), there do not appear to be clear-cut conceptual barriers that limit the scientific observation of brain and behavior and the concomitant advance of empirical knowledge about them.


Conscious Experience Intentional Object Input Structure Scientific Observation Perceptual Consciousness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon Globus
    • 1
  • Stephen Franklin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California at Irvine, Medical CenterOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, School of Physical SciencesUniversity of California at IrvineIrvineUSA

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