The Survival Value of Informed Awareness
Abstract:Various hypotheses about the importance of psycho-neural concomitants are reviewed and their implications discussed for the 'easy' and 'hard' problems of consciousness -- especially, as viewed by cognitive and ecological psychology. In Ecological Psychology, where the subjective-objective dichotomy is repudiated, these concepts are without foundation, and are replaced by informed awareness, which is argued to play an important, perhaps, indispensable role in goal- directed actions and thus to have survival value. The significance of informed awareness is illustrated in several real- world goal-directed tasks.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut., Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: January 1, 2007