Ch. 4 - Chapter 4: Consciousness Part I: Philosophical...

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Chapter 4: Consciousness Part I: Philosophical Meanderings and Sleep
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Easy and Hard Problems The “Easy Problem” of consciousness has to do with its mechanism—or the brain processes that give rise to it. Misnomer but progress is not only conceivable but also forthcoming
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Easy and Hard Problems The “Hard Problem” of consciousness has to do with why evolution needed it. Why is it advantageous? What is the extra “gloss” it adds?
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What is necessary for consciousness and what is sufficient for consciousness? Data Processing Intelligence Awareness
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Data Processing = Consciousness? This view holds that your brain is simply an enormously elaborate data processor, and data processing gives rise to consciousness. Is your computer conscious on some level? Your cell phone? The thermostat in your apartment?
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Intelligence Defined: The ability to attain goals in the face of obstacles by means of decisions based on rational (truth-obeying) rules. Intelligence assesses the current situation to see how it differs from the goal and applies a set of operations to reduce the difference.
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“With the advent of cognitive science, intelligence has become intelligible. It may not be too outrageous to say that on a very abstract level of analysis the problem has been solved. But consciousness or the raw sensation of toothaches and redness and saltiness and middle C is still a riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma . When asked what consciousness is, we have no better answer than Louis Armstrong’s when a reporter asked him what jazz is: “Lady, if you have to ask, you’ll never know.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2010 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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Ch. 4 - Chapter 4: Consciousness Part I: Philosophical...

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