Skip to main content

Explanatory Gap

of Brain, Mind and....Consciousness

Explanatory Gap Home
More Explanatory Gap
Mathematics
Human Consciousness
Personal Identity
Time..Principle of Cycles
Qualia (Mental Qualities)
Mental Causation
Language and Mind
About Us
Contact Us
Site Map
Human Consciousness
 
Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise such key features as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and one's environment. It is a subject of much research in philosophy, psychology, neurology, and cognitive science. Consciousness differs itself from moral conscience, often designed by the expression of a "voice of conscience" telling the good from the evil." Source: Wikipedia contributors (2006). Consciousness. Wikipedia,
 
Language and Human Consciousness

 

The human capacity and ability in the use of language is considered to be the most distinguishing feature that separates human consciousness from any other animistic forms of conscious awareness.  Speech and auditory sounds that can be represented by symbols used in a consistent order and are meaningful to other conscious entities is the basis of higher levels of expressed consciousness.  Creating advanced meaningful communicable information through the manipulation of symbols of number and language is the great potential.

 

If order isomorphic alphabets, and fundamental numerical symbols are the basis of human consciousness it gives rise to the question of why humans are endowed with a far superior consciousness than other living species.  Perhaps if this rhetorical question were to be fully answered by highly skilled conscious beings, a greater understanding of the role of languages’ as “forces of intelligence” would advance the understanding of human consciousness.  See...Explanatory Gap

  

 

Representational Theories of Consciousness


Dretske (1995) and Tye (1995), have used the expression "what it is like" to mean the qualitative property itself, rather than the present higher-order property of that property.  "The idea of representation has been central in discussions of intentionality for many years. But only more recently has it begun playing a wider role in the philosophy of mind, particularly in theories of consciousness. Indeed, there are now multiple representational theories of consciousness, corresponding to different uses of the term "conscious," each attempting to explain the corresponding phenomenon in terms of representation. More cautiously, each theory attempts to explain its target phenomenon in terms of intentionality, and assumes that intentionality is representation."
 
The notions of consciousness most commonly addressed by philosophers are the following: (1) Conscious awareness of one's own mental states, and "conscious states" in the particular sense of: states whose subjects are aware of being in them. (2) Introspection and one's privileged access to the internal character of one's experience itself. (3) Being in a sensory state that has a distinctive qualitative or phenomenal property, such as the color one experiences in having a visual experience, or the timbre of a heard sound. (4) The matter of "what it is like" for the subject to be in a particular mental state, especially what it is like for that subject to experience a particular phenomenal property as in (3). Block (1995) and others have used "phenomenal consciousness" for sense (4), without distinguishing it from sense (3). (A further terminological complication is that some theorists, such as Dretske (1995) and Tye (1995), have used the expression "what it is like" to mean the qualitative property itself, rather than the present higher-order property of that property.) Source:  Lycan, William, "Representational Theories of Consciousness", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2005 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.),