On a confusion about a function of consciousness.

@article{Block1995OnAC,
  title={On a confusion about a function of consciousness.},
  author={N. Block},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  year={1995},
  volume={18},
  pages={227-247}
}
  • N. Block
  • Published 1995
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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 like to be in that state. The mark of access-consciousness, by contrast, is availability for use in reasoning and rationally guiding speech and action. These concepts are often partly or totally conflated, with bad results. This target article uses as an example a form of reasoning about a function of… Expand
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