Editorial Introduction

Terje Sparby and Ulrich W. Weger Research on meditation and mindfulness is continuing to attract sig­nificant interest both within and outside of the academic community. How can phenomenology and philosophy contribute to this research? This special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies approaches this question from many different angles. There is an ambiguity connected to the term ‘meditation research’ …

Table of Contents: Vol. 26, No. 7-8, July/August 2019

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Phenomenological, Philosophical, and Scientific Perspectives on Meditation Special Issue edited by Terje Sparby and Ulrich Weger 4 About Authors 8 Editorial Introduction Terje Sparby & Ulrich W. Weger 12 The Mystic and the Metaphysician: Clarifying the Role of Meditation in the Search for Ultimate Reality Miri Albahari 37 Processual Thinking …

Table of Contents: Vol. 26, No. 5-6, May/June 2019

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 3 About Authors Refereed Papers 6 Masked Priming in Semantic Selection Tasks Reveals ‘Feeling of Knowing’ Experiences but No Subliminal Perception Robin Døngart & Søren Kyllingsbæk 35 Reviewing Tests for Machine Consciousness Aïda Elamrani & Roman V. Yampolskiy 65 The Physical as Nomalous Jonah Goldwater 89 Growing Evidence that Perceptual …

Learning from the Past[1]

Alexandria Boyle   Epistemic Generativity and the Function of Episodic Memory Abstract: I argue that the function of episodic memory is to store information about the past, against the orthodox view that it is to support imagining the future. I show that episodic memory is epistemically generative, allowing organisms to learn from past events retroactively. This confers adaptive benefits in …

Editorial Introduction

Max Jones, Takuya Niikawa and Roly Perera Representing Ourselves: Reflexive Approaches to the Function of Consciousness This special issue of Journal of Consciousness Studies brings together work from a range of philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, behavioural scientists, and computer scientists who are all united in their approach to answering questions about con­sciousness. The contributions to this journal are inspired …

Table of Contents: Vol. 26, No. 3-4, March/April 2019

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Representing Ourselves: Reflexive Approaches to the Function of Consciousness Special Issue edited by Max Jones, Takuya Niikawa and Roly Perera 4 About Authors 8 Editorial Introduction Max Jones, Takuya Niikawa & Roly Perera 17 Attributing Awareness to Others: The Attention Schema Theory and Its Relationship to Behavioural Prediction Michael S.A. …

Quantum Spontaneity and the Development of Consciousness

There are several issues I touched on in passing in my paper “Quantum Spontaneity and the Development of Consciousness” (JCS 26, No. 1-2 2019, pp. 216-34) that I hoped would stimulate some discussion. The principles I’m reviewing here are foundational of most scientific-materialist theories of consciousness, and deserve to be considered independent of my own theory. RANDOMNESS I’ve challenged the …

Editorial Introduction

Garrett Mindt It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to introduce this special issue on the integrated information theory (IIT) of conscious-ness for the Journal of Consciousness Studies. IIT is the view that consciousness is integrated information in a system, the degree of which is quantified by a function denoted by the Greek letter Φ. IIT is …

Table of Contents: Vol. 26, No. 1-2, January/February 2019

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Reflections on Integrated Information Theory Special Issue edited by Garrett Mindt 4 About Authors 7 Editorial Introduction Garrett Mindt 11 The Phi Measure of Integrated Information is not Well-Defined for General Physical Systems Adam B. Barrett & Pedro A.M. Mediano 21 Integrated Information Theory as a Complexity Science Approach to …

Altered States of Consciousness

Arne Dietrich Editorial Introduction   This special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies is about altered states of consciousness (ASCs). One might be forgiven for thinking that this is an obvious choice of topic for this journal, and the field of consciousness studies in general. After all, isn’t it the most normal of practices in science to systematically manipulate …