Facing backwards on the problem of consciousness

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Abstract:

The strategy of divide and conquer is usually an excellent one, but it all depends on how you do the carving. Chalmer's (1995) attempt to sort the ‘easy’ problems of consciousness from the ‘really hard’ problem is not, I think, a useful contribution to research, but a major misdirector of attention, an illusion-generator. How could this be? Let me describe two somewhat similar strategic proposals, and compare them to Chalmers’ recommendation.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 1996

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