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Single Idea 2415

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 7. Blindsight]

Full Idea

In blindsight, the information does not qualify as directly available for global control, and subjects are not truly aware of the information. The lack of experience corresponds directly to a lack of awareness.

Gist of Idea

In blindsight both qualia and intentionality are missing


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 3.6.3)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.227

A Reaction

Blindsight patients give correct answers about objects in their visual field, and you need 'global control' to speak the truth, even if you lack confidence in what you are saying. Philosophers should not be frightened of blindsight. Cf Idea 2391.

Related Idea

Idea 2391 Can we be aware but not conscious? [Chalmers]