Lec07_F03_out - CLASS #7 - CONSCIOUSNESS & THE...

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CLASS #7 -- I. Jaynes on Consciousness A. What is consciousness? 1. An 2. Operates by 3. Provides 4. Operates on 5. Is B. Language 1. Metaphor-use of a term for one thing to describe another because of some kind of similarity between them or between their relationship to other things 2. Function of metaphor-- “generate” language a. language is not permanent b. language C. “Understanding” 1. Is 2. Example: thunderstorm D. Analog World 1. Structure of the 2. Analog-generated at every point by the thing it is an analog of 3. It is built with a vocabulary of metaphors E. It is by the 1. Spatialization a. Impose a b. Provide structure 2. Excerption a. Never 1
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b. From all possible stimuli, c. We are d. Important to study what determines how one excerpts e. Excerption is distinct from memory 3. Narratization a. We are ready to explain anything we find ourselves doing b. We see c. We assign d. Purpose and cause is inextricably interwoven into the spatialization of behavior in consciousness 4. Conciliation (consistency) a. Makes the b. Brings consistency F. Using Jaynes’ four structural characteristics of consciousness, describe how a person might create the text of an observation statement. 1. Observation— 2. Excerption— 3. Spatialization— 4. Narratization—put things into an order 5. Conciliation—drop any 6. Observation Statement— II. Multiple Drafts 2
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A. Wherever there is a conscious mind, there is a point of view 1. A conscious mind is an observer taking in a limited amount of information 2. Observer takes in information at a continuous sequence of times and places B. Multiple Drafts 1. All varieties of perception are accomplished by the brain in a parallel, multi-track process of interpretation and elaboration 2. Information is 3. Feature detections only have to be made once 4. At any point in time, there are multiple drafts of narrative fragments at various stages of editing in various places in the brain
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PLS 200 taught by Professor Idk during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Lec07_F03_out - CLASS #7 - CONSCIOUSNESS & THE...

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