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Learning resources: chapter 14


Section 14.1 - 14.3 – Leibniz’s Mill, Consciousness and Information Processing, And Information Processing Without Conscious Awareness

1. Leibniz’s Mill
Leibniz’s Mill arguments against materialism (paper by Stewart Duncan, 2011)

2. Unconscious Information Processing
Experimental demonstration of the attentional blink (from Cognition Laboratory Experiments, John Krantz)
How does the brain create consciousness? Interviews with leading researchers (video from The Guardian)
Article describing new methods for testing consciousness in people with brain damage

Sections 14.4 - 14.7 – So What is Consciousness for? Two Types of Consciousness and the Hard Problem, the Global Workspace Theory of Consciousness, and Conclusion

1. What Consciousness is for
A well-known TEDtalk by Dan Dennett on consciousness (video)
John Searle TEDtalk on consciousness
Annual Online Consciousness Conference Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona

2. The Hard Problem
David Chalmers (personal website with links to papers)
Consciousness and cognition (paper by David Chalmers)
Lecture on consciousness by David Chalmers

3. Access Consciousness and Phenomenal Consciousness
Consciousness, philosophical issues about (entry from The Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, by Ned Block)
Lecture on consciousness by Ned Block (video)
Interview with Ned Block (video)
Brief demonstration of what participants see during the Sperling task
Dan Dennett on access consciousness and phenomenal consciousness (video)

4. Global Workspace Theory of Consciousness
Basic demonstration of what the Stroop task consists of<
Experimental demonstration of the Stroop task (from Cognition Laboratory Experiments, John Krantz)
Lecture by Christof Koch on consciousness (video from the Allen Institute)
Lecture by Christof Koch on attention and consciousness (video)
Lecture by Jesse Prinz on consciousness (video from Consciousness Online)

5. Mysterianism
Article by Colin McGinn on “mysterianism” about consciousness

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