Is Consciousness a Spandrel?

  title={Is Consciousness a Spandrel?},
  author={Zack Robinson and Corey J. Maley and Gualtiero Piccinini},
  journal={Journal of the American Philosophical Association},
  pages={365 - 383}
ABSTRACT: Determining the biological function of phenomenal consciousness appears necessary to explain its origin: evolution by natural selection operates on organisms’ traits based on the biological functions they fulfill. But identifying the function of phenomenal consciousness has proven difficult. Some have proposed that the function of phenomenal consciousness is to facilitate mental processes such as reasoning or learning. But mental processes such as reasoning and learning seem to be… 
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