J. T. Enright (1992) Has Consciousness Become a Soluble Problem?
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Psycoloquy 3(54): Has Consciousness Become a Soluble Problem?
HAS CONSCIOUSNESS BECOME A SOLUBLE PROBLEM?
J. T. Enright
Commentary on Bridgeman on Consciousness
Neurobiology Unit, A-002
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California
La Jolla, CA. 92093
Bridgeman (1992) advocates "a new psychology of plans,"
however, the time is not yet ripe for a frontal attack on the
problem of consciousness, the necessary tools and insights are not
yet available and the problem is not yet tractable. Bridgeman
mentions several regions of the brain where he proposes that plans
are synthesized, modified and executed, but how might one recognize
in those areas the plan-executing events that constitute
consciousness, and distinguish them from other unconscious forms of
information processing? With what alternative possibilities should
the hypothesized mechanism be confronted, in order to design
critical experiments? If no answers are forthcoming this new
definition leaves consciousness as a problem that is, at present,
just as intractable as before. And so psychologists and
neurophysiologists will, I think, continue for some time yet to
chip away at the edges of the consciousness problem.
consciousness, language, plans, motivation, evolution,
- Bridgman, B. (1992). On the evolution of consciousness and language. PSYCOLOQUY 3(15) consciousness.1
- Medawar, P. B. (1967). The Art of the Soluble. Methuen: London