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ConsciousnessCreeping up on the hard problem$
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Jeffrey Gray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198520917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520917.001.0001

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Enter qualia

Enter qualia

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(p.65) Chapter 6 Enter qualia
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Consciousness
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Jeffrey Gray

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520917.003.0006

This chapter begins with a discussion of the heart of the problem of consciousness: qualia. It explores animal consciousness and shows that animals, mammals in particular, have qualia, which rules out the need to take seriously suggestions that consciousness began with the Greeks or requires human language or that its survival value (by way of sexual selection) lies in its contribution to specifically human intelligence or artistic sensitivity. The chapter then considers the possibility that consciousness actually has no real function: that it is an epiphenomenon.

Keywords:   conscious experience, qualia, animal consciousness, epiphenomenon, epiphenomenalism

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