Bruce Bridgeman (1992) Varieties of Conscious Experience
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Psycoloquy 3(42): Varieties of Conscious Experience
VARIETIES OF CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE
Reply to Reidbord on Bridgeman on Consciousness
Department of Psychology
Kerr Hall UCSC
Santa Cruz, Ca. 95064
The immediacy of current awareness or sentience runs up
against a paradox of time: that the present is a moving knife-edge
with no duration and therefore no content. Even the simplest
stimuli and the most direct neural events require time to be coded.
The psychological present must therefore extend into the past. Our
feeling of rich awareness escapes the paradox by using a working
memor. The contrast between the properties of this memory and the
long-term episodic memory creates the contrast between immediate
and reflective consciousness. Conscious experience and memory are
inextricably intertwined from start to finish. Experience requires
memory and is made meaningful by other memory. And different
aspects of consciousness are supported by different kinds of memory
with distinct neurological organizations.
consciousness, language, plans, motivation, evolution,
- Bridgeman, B. (1992). On the evolution of consciousness and language. PSYCOLOQUY 3(15) consciousness.1.
- Milner, B. (1970) Memory and the temporal regions of the brain. In K. H. Pribram & D. E. Broadbent (Eds.), Biology of Memory. New York: Academic Press.
- Reidbord, Steven (1992) Would You Choose Unremembered Pain? Commentary on Bridgeman on Consciousness. PSYCOLOQUY 3(41) consciousness.22