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Shkliarevsky, Gennady (2022) THE MIND’S EYE: DE-MYSTIFYING CONSCIOUSNESS. [Preprint]


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The field of consciousness studies has been an area of active research for well over a century. Perhaps more than any other field, it has proven to be a magnet for numerous disciplines: from philosophy and religion to neuroscience and psychology, to social sciences and more. Even quantum physics has claimed to offer important insights that explain the mystery of subjective experience. Today, consciousness studies are a thriving area of research with numerous theoretical perspectives to its credit. Yet the “hard problem” of subjective experience remains unsolved. There is still no general theory of consciousness that would synthesize the extensive aggregation of theoretical perspectives and empirical facts.

The article offers an explanation for this obvious anomaly. It argues that the failure of one of the most active fields of inquiry is a result of the dominance of the anthropocentric tendency in consciousness studies. The article starts by offering a critical overview of the prevalent theoretical approaches in the field. It tries to show the pervasive influence of anthropocentrism. The article also outlines a new perspective that escapes this insidious influence. The focus of the new perspective is not on specific functions and aspects of consciousness, as in all currently dominant approaches, but on the process that has been involved in their formulation. The focus offers a possibility to view consciousness from the perspective that does not rely on mental constructs created by humans. The perspective also offers a critically informed point of observation that does not depend on human choices.

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Item Type: Preprint
Shkliarevsky, Gennadyshkliare@bard.edu0000-0002-2310-5660
Keywords: Consciousness, theories of consciousness, the “hard problem,” functions of consciousness, anthropocentrism, animal consciousness, equilibration/computation, and the process of creation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Gennady Shkliarevsky
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 13:26
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 13:26
Item ID: 20599
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 2022

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