Bruce Bridgeman (1992) Consciousness: What's the Use?
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Psycoloquy 3(35): Consciousness: What's the Use?
CONSCIOUSNESS: WHAT'S THE USE?
Reply to Velmans on Bridgeman on Consciousness
Dept. of Psychology
Kerr Hall UCSC
Santa Cruz, Ca. 95064
Velmans (1992) questions the necessity of consciousness
for mental functions, considering consciousness to be a state
rather than a process i.e. a result rather than a cause. If the
introspection of consciousness is the result of an episodic memory
system that engages plans, the question of function loses much of
its meaning. Only plan execution has a function, not its
concomitant consciousness. If this conception of consciousness is a
form of epiphenomenalism, so be it. Unlike the epiphenomenalism of
traditional philosophy of mind, this epiphenomenalism echoes a real
system with a real function. It is this epiphenomenon that defines
our mental life.
consciousness, language, plans, motivation, evolution,