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[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 3. Psycho-Functionalism]

Full Idea

I claim that conscious experience arises from fine-grained functional organisationů.. we might call it 'non-reductive functionalism'.

Gist of Idea

Does consciousness arise from fine-grained non-reductive functional organisation?


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 3.7.1)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.248

A Reaction

This is Chalmers' final position. If consciousness is 'emergent' and cannot be reduced, what has fine-grained got to do with it? I take 'fine-grained' to be a hint at why the brain becomes conscious. Fine-grained functions cause something.