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Chapter 9

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Steve Joordens

Experiments: purple Topics: Green Key terms: yellow CHAPTER 9-CONSCIOUNESS What is it? -you are aware of yourself and your processes: perceiving, planning, remembering, thinking, etc. -able to experience or feel, and to have subjective awareness -we are not conscious of everything and we are not conscious all the time; thus, consciousness is not a general property of all parts of the brain -it is a private experience that cannot be shared directly; however, we can share it through language or wordssymbols -we know other ppl are conscious bc they tell us they are conscious too -we can make plans in words, think about the consequences of these plans in words, and use words to produce behaviours- all without actually saying the words. We think them. Understanding Consciousness 1) Consciousness is NOT a natural phenomenon -it is supernatural and miraculous & not to be understood by the human mind -believed that it cannot be observed through behaviour -it does not relate to the laws of nature that scientist study, for example, matter and purely physical forces 2) Consciousness IS a natural phenomenon -unable to understand it because: lack the means to study it scientifically Our brains are simply not capable of understanding consciousness It w old take a more complex brain to understand the biology of subjective awareness Consciousness is a vague poor ly defined term and we need to define what it is before we study it 3) We are conscious and we are able to observe it www.notesolution.com
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