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Abstract

Data potentially relevant to cognitive science are of two radically different kinds. On the one hand are those facts about ourselves that we would be lying to deny: the facts of our own conscious experience. We know at first hand what it is like to be a cognitive agent. We bear witness to these facts in first-person statements: I see-this-as-brighter; I hear-a-car-coming; I feel-a-pain-in-my-tooth; I know-(or believe)-it-is-Tuesday; I am-trying-to-decide-on-a-holiday-spot; and so on. Let us call these, collectively, the I story, where I stands for the first personal pronoun, or, if you like, for inside. We may usefully imagine them as set out in a (very long!) column on one side of an imaginary blackboard (Figure 1).

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Sensory Input Cognitive Science Cognitive Mechanism Conscious Experience Cognitive Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald M. MacKay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication and NeuroscienceUniversity of KeeleStaffordshireEngland

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