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Single Idea 2412

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / d. Purpose of consciousness]

Full Idea

However the metaphysics of causation turns out, it seems relatively straightforward that a physical explanation of behaviour can be given that neither appeals to nor implies the existence of consciousness.

Gist of Idea

Can we explain behaviour without consciousness?


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 2.5.2)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.177

A Reaction

Chalmers needs this to support his idea that zombies are possible, but it strikes me as implausible. I find it inconceivable that our behaviour would be unchanged if we retained 'awareness' but lost consciousness. Try visiting an art gallery.