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The Coherence Definition of Consciousness

By Christoph von der Malsburg


I will focus in this essay on a riddle that in my view is central to the consciousness issue: How does the mind or brain create the unity we perceive out of the diversity that we know is there? I contend this is a technical issue, not a philosophical one, although its resolution will have profound philosophical repercussions, and although we have at present little more than the philosophical method to attack it

Topics: Animal Cognition, Theoretical Biology, Philosophy of Mind
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 1997
DOI identifier: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524144.003.0013
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