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In the Theater of ConsciousnessThe Workspace of the Mind$
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Bernard J. Baars

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.001.1

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What is it Good For? The Functions of Consciousness

What is it Good For? The Functions of Consciousness

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(p.157) eight WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? THE FUNCTIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
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In the Theater of Consciousness
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Bernard J. Baars

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0009

Consciousness is a supremely functional adaptation that, like other major biological adaptations, appears to have many uses. Consciousness also has as many functions, perhaps as many as theaters do. This chapter explores a tentative list. It discusses the role of consciousness in creating new priorities, in problem solving, decision making, controlling actions, and learning and adaptation.

Keywords:   problem-solving functions, learning, adaptation, priorities

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