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Triple Definition or Explanation of Consciousness

22nd February 2024

Xinyan Zhang say2xy@gmail.com Abstract: A system is described ontologically, epistemologically, and semantically in this paper, with matter, energy and lives as its components, and with all its components defined as changes, which might be useful for us to define or explain consciousness. Keywords: consciousness; definition; epistemology; explanation; life; mind; ontology; semantics Main text: Introduction It…

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Embracing the Noncommutative Consciousness Revolution

14th February 2024

Drew Hempel, MA EcoEcho, 2024 Summary: We live in an accelerating “high technology” globalized culture, yet it is too often ignored that mathematics is the structural drive of our technological innovations. Since consciousness has remained the untouched last unconquered territory of science then we should recognize it as the inextricably interwoven dynamic of our externalized…

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Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 31, No. 1 – 2, January/February 2024

26th January 2024

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 4 About Authors Refereed Papers 8 Preserving the Normative Significance of Sentience Leonard Dung 31 Measuring Phenomenal Consciousness in Delirium: The New Black Eamonn Eeles, Andrew Teodorczuk & Nadeeka Dissanayaka 51 A Simple, Testable Mind–Body Solution? Mostyn Jones 76 Introspection in Emotion Research: Challenges and Insights…

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Book Reviews

26th January 2024

  Paco Calvo and Natalie Lawrence Planta Sapiens: Unmasking Plant Intelligence London: Hachette, 2022, 304 pp. ISBN: 9780349128450 Reviewed by Uziel Awret The Haggadic sages of old said that ‘Seekers of wisdom should not live in a city devoid of plants’. What is it about entering a cool garden or greeting the Jasmine plant in…

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Upcoming Issue of JCS: The Legacy of Francisco Varela

28th November 2023

Read on to find out about our upcoming special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies on ‘The Legacy of Francisco Varela’, and to hear all the latest updates related to JCS.  Upcoming Release:  ‘The Legacy of Francisco Varela’, vol. 30, number 11-12, ed. by Sebastjan Vörös  The next release of JCS focuses on ‘The…

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On What is Always Before Our Eyes: The Uncharted Depths of Francisco Varela’s Thought

23rd November 2023

Sebastjan Vörös[1] What we are supplying are really remarks on the natural history of man; not curiosities, however, but rather observations on facts which no one has doubted & which have only gone unremarked because they are always before our eyes. (Wittgenstein, 1956, §141) The Chilean biologist, cognitive scientist, and philosopher, Francisco Javier Varela (1946–2001),…

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Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 30, No. 11 – 12, November/December 2023

23rd November 2023

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities The Legacy of Francisco Varela Special Issue edited by Sebastjan Vörös 3 About Authors 7 Introduction: On What is Always Before Our Eyes: The Uncharted Depths of Francisco Varela’s Thought Sebastjan Vörös 17 At the Cradle of Things: The Act of Distinction and Francisco Varela’s Non-Dualist…

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Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 30, No. 9 – 10, September/October 2023

28th September 2023

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities What Forms Could Introspective Systems Take? Special Issue edited by François Kammerer and Keith Frankish 4 About Authors 9 Editorial Introduction: Possible Introspective Systems François Kammerer & Keith Frankish Target Article 13 What Forms Could Introspective Systems Take? A Research Programme François Kammerer & Keith Frankish…

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Editorial Introduction

28th September 2023

François Kammerer[1] and Keith Frankish[2]   Possible Introspective Systems Humans introspect: they represent their own current mental states in a way that allows for online behavioural control. And the psychological and epistemological specificities of exactly how they do so have long fascinated philosophers and scientists, playing a key role in various metaphysical and methodological debates…

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Emotional Consciousness

21st July 2023

Raamy Majeed[1] Introduction The conscious experience of emotion, or ‘emotional consciousness’ for short, is what makes emotions so significant from a first-person point of view. For some philosophers, such as Robert Solomon (2007), emotions — understood as conscious phenomena — are nothing short of what give our lives meaning. But how exactly should we understand…

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