Saturday, April 28, 2018

Is consciousness an epiphenomenon?

Continuing this post, Dehaene answers no starting at 19:55. Consciousness is required for the following operations:
  • To reflect upon information: subliminal information is evanescent, while conscious information is stable.
  • To discretize the incoming flux of information to a few samples that can be reported or stored.
  • To route this information to other processing stages, thus performing chains of operations.
  • To monitor our behavior and correct our errors.
  • To share the information and achieve collective decisions.

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