What is it like to be nonconscious? A defense of Julian Jaynes

  title={What is it like to be nonconscious? A defense of Julian Jaynes},
  author={Gary Williams},
  journal={Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences},
  • Gary Williams
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
  • I respond to Ned Block’s claim that it is “ridiculous” to suppose that consciousness is a cultural construction based on language and learned in childhood. Block is wrong to dismiss social constructivist theories of consciousness on account of it being “ludicrous” that conscious experience is anything but a biological feature of our animal heritage, characterized by sensory experience, evolved over millions of years. By defending social constructivism in terms of both Julian Jaynes’ behaviorism… CONTINUE READING
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