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Brain and the composition of conscious experience. Of deep and surface structure; frames of reference; episode and executive; models and monitors

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Abstract:

In the context of this publication on blindsight, I want to address further the brain processes critically responsible for organizing our conscious experience. As in a previous related publication (Pribram, 1996), I am restricting myself to brain and conscious experience, not the fuller topic of ‘consciousness’ as this might be determined by genetic and environmental (e.g. social) factors, nor as it is defined in Eastern traditions and in esoteric Western religion and philosophy. For my thoughts on this broader topic the reader is referred to a recent publication (Pribram, 1997) prepared for the centennial celebration of Norbert Wiener's birth. That paper is entitled: ‘What is Mind that the Brain May Order It?

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Brain Research and Informational Sciences (BRAINS), Radford University, 423 Russell Hall, Radford, VA 24142, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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