Adaptive Complexity and Phenomenal Consciousness

@article{Nichols2000AdaptiveCA,
  title={Adaptive Complexity and Phenomenal Consciousness},
  author={S. Nichols and T. Grantham},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2000},
  volume={67},
  pages={648 - 670}
}
Arguments about the evolutionary function of phenomenal consciousness are beset by the problem of epiphenomenalism. For if it is not clear whether phenomenal consciousness has a causal role, then it is difficult to begin an argument for the evolutionary role of phenomenal consciousness. We argue that complexity arguments offer a way around this problem. According to evolutionary biology, the structural complexity of a given organ can provide evidence that the organ is an adaptation, even if… Expand
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