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Unlocking the BrainVolume 2: Consciousness$
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Georg Northoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826995.001.0001

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Neuronal Transfer and Qualia

Neuronal Transfer and Qualia

(p.461) Chapter 30 Neuronal Transfer and Qualia
Unlocking the Brain

Georg Northoff

Oxford University Press

The book has discussed how the neuronal mechanisms underlying the resting state activity itself (Chapter 28) and rest–stimulus interaction (Chapter 29) constitute qualia and thus consciousness. However, the book left unaddressed how it is possible for them to constitute the specific phenomenal features associated with the concept of qualia. This is the focus in the present chapter. The book proposes a “transfer hypothesis of qualia.” The transfer hypothesis of qualia suggests that the various phenomenal features of qualia can be traced back to the spatiotemporal structures constituted by the neuronal activity in the resting state.

Keywords:   qualia, rest–stimulus interaction, phenomenal features of qualia, ipseity, transparency, nonstructural homogeneity, nonlinearity, difference-based coding, subjectivity, environment–brain unity

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