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Skokowski, Paul (2022) Sensing Qualia. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 16 (795405). pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Accounting for qualia in the natural world is a difficult business, and it is worth understanding why. A close examination of several theories of mind—Behaviorism, Identity Theory, Functionalism, and Integrated Information Theory—will be discussed, revealing shortcomings for these theories in explaining the contents of conscious experience: qualia. It will be argued that in order to overcome the main difficulty of these theories the senses should be interpreted as physical detectors. A new theory, Grounded Functionalism, will be proposed, which retains multiple realizability while allowing for a scientifically based approach toward accounting for qualia in the natural world.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Skokowski, Paulpskokowski@gmail.com0000-0002-9543-5925
Keywords: qualia, consciousness, integrated information theory, sensation, functionalism, identity theory, grounded functionalism, behaviorism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Paul Skokowski
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 03:28
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 03:28
Item ID: 20346
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
Publisher: Frontiers
Official URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnsys...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2022.795405
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Date: 11 March 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-16
Volume: 16
Number: 795405
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20346

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