07-COGS11-The Easy-and-Hard-Problems

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The Easy and Hard Problems of Consciousness Mary ET Boyle, Ph.D. Department of Cognitive Science UCSD
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Survivors of severe brain damage ypoxic chemic • Hypoxic-ischemic Coma • Unarousable unresponsiveness Vegetative state • Wakefulness • Reflexive motor activity • No voluntary interaction Minimally conscious state • Voluntary motor activity
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Consciousness Once part of theology – ow in cognitive science now in cognitive science What does it mean to be human Descartes – consciousness most undubitable thing there is Major religions – soul
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Common misconceptions… Consciousness does not depend on language They are not insensate robots y … they have reactions that indicate awareness
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… it cannot be equated with self awareness Lost in music, exercise, in a lecture… …. It is not the same as being knocked out cold.
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Two problems of consciousness Easy Hard David Chalmers
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The Easy Problem of Consciousness • The easy part - • Scientists know what to look for
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2010 for the course COGSCI 11 taught by Professor Maryb. during the Spring '10 term at UCSD.

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