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Consciousness and Neural Force Fields
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2016 (English)In: Journal of consciousness studies, ISSN 1355-8250, E-ISSN 2051-2201, Vol. 23, no 7-8, 228-253 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article compares Wolfgang Köhler’s pioneering field theory of the consciousness–brain relation with Benjamin Libet’s conscious mental field theory and Karl Popper’s mental force field hypothesis. In the discussion of Köhler’s theory we devote special attention to his analysis of problems of sense perception and to his explanation of figural after-effects. Both Libet and Popper take consciousness to causally interact with the brain, and we argue that even Köhler presupposes an interactionist interpretation of the consciousness–brain relation. We argue that nothing necessarily rules out that consciousness as something subjective may causally interact with the brain as something objective. We discuss an evolutionary argument for the theory that consciousness causally interacts with the brain, and we consider some arguments for consciousness having had a survival value.

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2016. Vol. 23, no 7-8, 228-253 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132247OAI: diva2:950830
Available from: 2016-08-02 Created: 2016-08-02 Last updated: 2016-08-23Bibliographically approved

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