Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 24, No. 5-6, May/June 2017

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities

4 About Authors

Refereed Papers

8 There Is No Free Won’t: The Role Definitions Play Lieke Asma

24 Mirroring, Mind-reading and Smart Behaviour-reading Emma Borg

50 Change Blindness in Higher-Order Thought: Misrepresentation or Good Enough? Ingar Brinck & Asger Kirkeby-Hinrup

74 In Defence of First-Order Representationalism Peter Carruthers

88 The Compsite View and the Hard Problem of Diachronic Identity Michael Cerullo

104 What Makes Up a Mood Experience? Bartek Chomanski

128 Superintelligence as Moral Philosopher Joseph Corabi

150 Motivational Defeaters of Self-Modifying AGIs Erez Firt

170 What is it Like to Meditate? Methods and Issues for a Micro-phenomenological Description of Meditative Experience Claire Petitmengin, Martijn van Beek, Michel Bitbol, Jean-Michel Nissou & Andreas Roepstorff

199 What is Absent from Contemplative Neuroscience? Rethinking Limits within the Study of Consciousness, Experience, and Meditation Brian Rappert, Giovanna Colombetti & Catelijne Coopmans

226 The Nature of Contemplative Science and Some Prospects for its Future Development Terje Sparby

Annual Essay Prize Winner, Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

251 The Lower Bounds of Desire Henry Shevlin

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  1. Lieke Asma’s otherwise excellent paper had a very unfortunate title – “There Is No Free Won’t”; especially unfortunate because headlined on the cover of this issue of the JCS. Her paper actually and correctly points out that, given an appropriate concept of ‘freedom’, Libet-type experiments allegedly showing that volitional choices are pre-determined by brain activity in fact do nothing of the sort. In other words, the title is in almost direct opposition to the paper’s conclusion.

    Presumably Asma viewed her title as no more than a shorthand reference to pro-deterministic arguments discussed and dismissed in the paper, but it is catchy and its repetition on the front cover is especially likely to mislead anyone fond of sound bytes – which probably includes nearly all of us.

    It’s especially sad in that the relevant issues were exhaustively discussed (albeit usually more in connection with ‘free will’ than ‘free won’t) a decade or two ago, when all but a few diehards reached much the same conclusions as the ones actually expressed in Asma’s paper. We can only hope that the unfortunate title won’t give comfort to any remaining neo-Calvinists – or mislead any newcomers.

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