The Director: Self as The Unifyingcontext of Consciousness

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195102659
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864126 | DOI:
 The Director: Self as The Unifyingcontext of Consciousness

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This chapter argues that the “self” of everyday life can be seen as a context that maintains long-term stability in our experiences and actions. Over many different situations we still manage to maintain a sense of predictability about who and what we are. A review of “disorders of self” such as multiple personality disorder shows that any fundamental changes in one's expectations and intentions are experienced as self-alien.

Keywords: self; Gilbert Ryle; homunculus; personal experience; depersonalization; consciousness

Chapter.  4201 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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