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The Origins of Consciousness or the War of the Five Dimensions

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

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Abstract

The goal of this article 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
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: Animal minds; Sentience; Organisms; Phenomenological complexity; Origins of Consciousness
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: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2022 03:43
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 00:54
Item ID: 21025
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: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21025

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