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The paper attempts to establish the importance of addressing what Chalmers (1995) calls the ‘easy problems’ of consciousness, at the expense of the ‘hard problem’. One pragmatic argument and two philosophical arguments are presented to defend this approach to consciousness, and three major theories of consciousness are criticized in this light. Finally, it is shown that concentration on the easy problems does not lead to eliminativism with respect to consciousness.
Document Type: Research Article
Artificial Intelligence Group, Dept. of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, U.K.