The sensorimotor approach – consciousness as a red herring

I particularly enjoyed J. Kevin O’Regan’s no-nonsense account of the sensorimotor approach to consciousness. He, indeed, may be right that consciousness is a multivariate phenomenon with many parallel streams which does not emerge from the brain as a discreet identifiable process, and is consequently unclassifiable. I can almost subscribe to this view, but it still leaves many scientific avenues open …

Enlightenment Conference Online. 26 April – 07 May 2016

Enlightenment Conference Online   Erleuchtungskongress.de   April – 07. May 2016   Readers of JCS may well have encountered such concepts as “enlightenment,” “awakening” or other references to higher states of development of the human consciousness and brain. A recent online conference, organized primarily in German by Ludmilla Rudat and Roland Heine, and titled Conference on Enlightenment has afforded greater …

Editorial Introduction to The Sensorimotor Approach. JCS Vol. 23, No. 5–6

David Silverman Perception, Consciousness, and Skilful Interaction   According to the sensorimotor approach, perceptual experience should not be identified with neural activity, as it standardly is, but instead with bodily skill-driven interactive encounters with the outside environment. The central motivation for this understanding is that it makes per­ception and consciousness more intelligible. In particular, it helps explain the phenomenal character …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 23, No. 5–6, May/June 2016

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities The Sensorimotor Approach Special Issue edited by David Silverman and Jan Degenaar 4      About Authors 7      Perception, Consciousness, and Skilful Interaction: Editorial Introduction        David Silverman Part I: Sensorimotor Theories of Perception and Consciousness 12      Hurley’s Transcendental Enactivism                           Dave Ward 39      How the Sensorimotor Approach to Consciousness Bridges Both Comparative and Absolute Explanatory Gaps                 …

New Book: The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe

Edited by: Luke Gormally, David Albert Jones,Roger Teichmann Elizabeth Anscombe’s 1958 essay ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’ contributed to the transformation of the subject from the late 1960s, reversing the trend to assume that there is no intrinsic connection between facts, values, and reasons for action; and directing attention towards the category of virtues. Her later ethical writings were focused on particular ideas and …

JCS:v23,no1-2,pp14-31, A.H Almaas, in a different key : )

  All, or None : ) We can use the following simple model to ground Almaas’s epistemological entry in an ontologically dynamic, rational framework: 1) There is one self, a field of aware energy, but for the purpose of discussion, we will say it has 3 parts. 1) The inner self that looks into the inner dimension of the mind. …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 23, No. 3–4, March/April 2016

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 4      About Authors Refereed Papers 8      Husserl’s ‘Pairing’ Relation and the Role of Others in Infant Perception                    Susan Bredlau 31      Imagination and Belief: The Microtheories Model of Hypothetical Thinking            Jeanette Bicknell 50      The Phenomenology of Psychopathological Embodiment: A Critique of Thomas Fuchs’ Concept of Corporealization                                          Anthony Vincent Fernandez 76      Precognition: The Only …

Response to Fernandez, ‘The Phenomenology of Psychopathological Embodiment’

Thomas Fuchs   Introduction The account and critique of some of my major concepts offered by Fernandez (2016) gives me a welcome opportunity for several clari­fications. The lived body, embodied subjectivity, and intersubjectivity are indeed fundamental principles of my psychopathological research. For its aim is a novel conception of psychiatric illnesses as disturb­ances of being-in-the-world which are not occurring in …

A Response to Our Theatre Critics

Allan Hobson[1] and Karl J. Friston[2]   Abstract: We would like to thank Dolega and Dewhurst (2015) for a thought-provoking and informed deconstruction of our article, which we take as (qualified) applause from valued members of our audience. In brief, we fully concur with the theatre-free formulation offered by Dolega and Dewhurst and take the opportunity to explain why (and …