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On the Search for the Neural Correlate of Consciousness

Chalmers, David (1996) On the Search for the Neural Correlate of Consciousness. [Preprint]

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This is a constructive analysis of the search for the "neural correlate of consciousness" (or the NCC, as it's sometimes called). I argue that because we don't have any way of detecting consciousness directly (i.e., we have no "consciousness meter"), the search is driven by pre-empirical bridging principles instead. I discuss some of these principles and draw some conclusions about the shape of the search. This paper is largely a transcript of my talk at the 1996 Tucson conference on consciousness, although some fun and games have been omitted.

Item Type:Preprint
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:227
Deposited By:Chalmers, David J.
Deposited On:13 Nov 1997
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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