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Introduction

Murray Shanahan

in Embodiment and the inner life

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226559.003.0001
Introduction

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An individual's consciousness and advanced cognitive abilities allow him/her to envision the future even in the absence of prior knowledge and experience. Furthermore, the succession of the consciousness of experiences enables him/her to sympathize and empathize with other conscious creatures such as animals and other humans. Man's consciousness and cognition also gives him the ability to think about a myriad of things — both abstract and concrete — in their past, present, and future states. Consciousness and cognition also allows man to think about his/her own consciousness as well as its character, contents, and limits. This book does not intend to solve the philosophical mind–body problem and the problem of intentionality and embodiment; rather it aims to dissolve it by utilizing both theoretical and scientific studies to further understand the mysteries that it holds.

Keywords: consciousness; cognition; mind; body; intentionality; embodiment

Chapter.  2597 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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