The final exam is scheduled for Dec. 21. Plan your travel accordingly.
Much of this exam will be based on lectures. Web notes will cover only a small part of lecture material.
The exam will be cumulative, in that the discussion of Churchland will build upon issues in Graham.
Essay topics are now available.
Powerpoint presentation: Hot Thought.
1. Consciousness is a mystery.
2. I cannot imagine how science could explain awareness.
3. There could be zombies.
4. The problem is too hard.
5. How can I know what you experience?
6. Doesn't neuroscience leave something out? [what Mary knows argument]
7. It is ridiculous to expect a reduction from the behavioral level directly to the neuronal level.
8. Consciousness is not a neural effect but a subatomic effect.
9. Science cannot solve all problems.
10. (Mine). Mechanistic explanations of consciousness undermine morality and happiness.
Look for theories, not definitions. E.g. fire.
Look for mechanisms of consciousness, not just neural correlates.
Crick: look for brain differences with onset of awareness: collective activity of distributed neurons.
Edelman: Re-entrant neural pathways (loops).
Baars: global workspace.
Build internal model, e.g. of physical states.
Many brain areas: insula, cingulate, etc.
Allman: spindle neurons.
Thagard: emotional consciousness.
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Nov. 14, 2005