Gerald S. Wasserman (1992) Essentialism and Consciousness: . Psycoloquy: 3(36) Consciousness (18)
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Psycoloquy 3(36): Essentialism and Consciousness:

Commentary on Bridgeman on Consciousness

Gerald S. Wasserman
Dept. of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
West Lafayette IN 47907-1364


Brigman's idea about the evolution of consciousness is attractive firstly because it postulates that consciousness is the product of a seamless evolutionary path which began with fundamental mechanisms and secondly because human language is presented as a continuation along this path. However, the idea is less an explanation of consciousness than it is an interpretation of some of the essential properties of consciousness. I would urge that our rapidly advancing knowledge of the neural mechanisms described by Bridgeman should lead us to see them as a good place to search for the roots of consciousness, rather than as an answer to the problem of consciousness.


consciousness, language, plans, motivation, evolution, motor system