JCS Vol. 23, No. 11–12. Editorial Introduction

Keith Frankish   The topic of this special issue is the view that phenomenal conscious­ness (in the philosophers’ sense) is an illusion — a view I call illusionism. This view is not a new one: the first wave of identity theorists favoured it, and it currently has powerful and eloquent defenders, including Daniel Dennett, Nicholas Humphrey, Derk Pereboom, and Georges …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 23, No. 11-12, November/December 2016

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities   Illusionism Special Issue edited by Keith Frankish 4      About Authors 9      Editorial Introduction                                               Keith Frankish Target Article 11      Illusionism as a Theory of Consciousness            Keith Frankish Commentaries 40      Illusionism’s Discontent                                            Katalin Balog 52      Delusions of Consciousness                                Susan Blackmore 65      Illusionism as the Obvious Default                    Theory of Consciousness       Daniel …

Science and Consciousness Just Wed — Should this Union Be Annulled?

Jonathan Bricklin The union of Science and Consciousness was recently celebrated in Tucson. After 11 biennial sessions as ‘Toward a Science of Con­sciousness’, the premier conference fostering their relationship has dropped the tentative ‘toward’. Congratulations to ‘The Science of Consciousness’. But why the long engagement? And how compatible are they really? The scientific study of consciousness was all the rage …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 23, No. 9-10, September/October 2016

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 4      About Authors Refereed Papers 7      The Evolutionary Origins of Consciousness: Suggesting a Transition Marker                                                                        Zohar Z. Bronfman, Simona Ginsburg & Eva Jablonka 35      Conscious vs. Unconscious: In Defence of the Former                  Rowdy Bryant 50      ‘What it is Like’ Talk is not Technical Talk                                      Jonathan Farrell 66      Attention and Aesthetic Experience                                                  Peter …

New book: What is Wrong With Us?

What is Wrong with Us? Essays in Cultural Pathology Editors: Eric Coombes and Theodore Dalrymple Can any of us entirely banish from our hearts and minds grave misgivings about the condition of the culture we now inhabit? Expressions of those misgivings are mostly unheard in public forums, ignored in the dominant media, and, if noticed at all, dismissed by state-supported …

A Riddle Written on the Brain

Nicholas Humphrey   Abstract: The sensation of red light falling on your eyes has some­thing in common with the experience of looking at a cartoon in the New Yorker. The phenomenal quality of the sensation and the funni­ness of the joke are both properties of your subjective take on an external event and both arise in two steps. With sensations, …

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