Types of Consciousness

J. Kevin O’Regan

in Why Red Doesn’t Sound Like a Bell

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199775224
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919031 | DOI:
Types of Consciousness

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This chapter discusses access consciousness. It argues that the notion of access consciousness can be captured by using the idea of cognitive access in a hierarchical way. This automatically implies that the agent will have to be situated in a context which is sufficiently rich for it to make sense to say that there are a variety of behaviors which the agent can choose from and a variety of situations that it can be cognitively accessing. Additionally, the agent must have at least a rudimentary form of “self”.

Keywords: access consciousness; cognitive access; self; agent

Chapter.  2733 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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