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The Origins of Consciousness or the War of the Five Dimensions (Preprint)

Veit, Walter (2022) The Origins of Consciousness or the War of the Five Dimensions (Preprint). [Preprint]

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Abstract

The goal of this synthetic paper is to break down the dimensions of consciousness, attempt to reverse-engineer their evolutionary function, and make sense of the origins of consciousness by breaking off those dimensions that are more likely to have arisen later. A Darwinian approach will allow us to revise the philosopher’s concept of consciousness away from a single ‘thing’, an all-or-nothing quality, and towards a concept of phenomenological complexity that arose out of simple valenced states. Finally, I will offer support for an evaluation-first view of consciousness by drawing on recent work in experimental philosophy of mind.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: animal minds, organisms, consciousness, phenomenological complexity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 13:42
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 13:42
Item ID: 20737
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20737

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