Putting Descartes before the horse: quantum theories of consciousness: comment on “Consciousness, biology, and quantum hypotheses” by Baars & Edelman

Seth, Anil K (2012) Putting Descartes before the horse: quantum theories of consciousness: comment on “Consciousness, biology, and quantum hypotheses” by Baars & Edelman. Physics of Life Reviews. ISSN 1571-0645

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Abstract

Despite rapidly advancing work across the sciences, the means by which neurochemical brain activity engenders subjective conscious experience (such as the pain of a stubbed toe, or of a lingering regret) can still seem entirely mysterious, and perhaps requiring scientific revolution rather than evolution. Quantum ‘theories’ of consciousness capitalize on this suspicion but, in the absence of generating testable predictions or unifying insights, they presently do little to advance our understanding of this fundamental biological property.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online First Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
Depositing User: Anil Seth
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 09:10
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 09:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40574
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