• Publications
  • Influence
On a confusion about a function of consciousness
  • N. Block
  • Psychology
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1 June 1995
Abstract Consciousness is a mongrel concept: there are a number of very different “consciousnesses.” Phenomenal consciousness is experience; the phenomenally conscious aspect of a state is what it is
Consciousness, accessibility, and the mesh between psychology and neuroscience
  • N. Block
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1 December 2007
TLDR
This target article argues for an abstract solution to the problem and exhibits a source of empirical data that is relevant, data that show that in a certain sense phenomenal consciousness overflows cognitive accessibility and can be found a neural realizer of this overflow.
Troubles with functionalism
One characterization of functionalism that is probably vague enough to be acceptable to most functionalists is: each type of mental state is a state consisting of a disposition to act in certain ways
Two neural correlates of consciousness
  • N. Block
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 1 February 2005
Perceptual consciousness overflows cognitive access
  • N. Block
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 1 December 2011
Conceptual analysis, dualism, and the explanatory gap
The explanatory gap. Consciousness is a mystery. No one has ever given an account, even a highly speculative, hypothetical, and incomplete account of how a physical thing could have phenomenal states
Mental Paint and Mental Latex
The greatest chasm in the philosophy of mind -maybe even all of philosophydivides two perspectives on consciousness. The two perspectives differ on whether there is anything in the phenomenal
Paradox and cross purposes in recent work on consciousness
  • N. Block
  • Sociology, Medicine
    Cognition
  • 1 April 2001
TLDR
The global workspace theory of consciousness fits the functionalist perspective, but the physicalist sees consciousness as a biological phenomenon that implements global accessibility.
ATTENTION AND MENTAL PAINT
Much of recent philosophy of perception is oriented towards accounting for the phenomenal character of perception—what it is like to perceive—in a non-mentalistic way—that is, without appealing to
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