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The First MindsCaterpillars, Karyotes, and Consciousness$
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Arthur S. Reber

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190854157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190854157.001.0001

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Bio-centric Views of the Origin of Consciousness: The Search for the Solution to the Hard Problem

Bio-centric Views of the Origin of Consciousness: The Search for the Solution to the Hard Problem

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(p.78) 3 Bio-centric Views of the Origin of Consciousness: The Search for the Solution to the Hard Problem
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The First Minds
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Arthur S. Reber

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190854157.003.0003

Two strategies are used to review the many efforts to solve (or resolve or dissolve) the Hard Problem. One searches for the neurocorrelates of consciousness, the effort to answer the question: “How does the brain make the mind?” The other looks for the first appearance of true consciousness in phylogenesis. Both approaches are reviewed and found wanting. The reason is they all begin with human consciousness and use it as the basis for the explorations. This, it is argued, has lead to a “category error” where the H. sap. mind is treated as a distinct type and not as a token on the same existential continuum as other minds. It also reveals the existence of the “emergentist’s dilemma” or the difficulty of determining how consciousness could spring into existence when one cosmic moment before, it didn’t exist. The chapter ends by anticipating criticism of these arguments and of the CBC and providing prophylactic arguments.

Keywords:   Hard Problem, human consciousness, neuro-correlates of consciousness, evolutionary issues, category errors, type-token distinction, emergentist’s dilemma

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