What is Cognitive Science
Psychology, Neuroscience, and the Consciousness Dilemma
Dr. Katalin Balog
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy, Newark
Block argues that relevant data in psychology and neuroscience shows access consciousness is not constitutively necessary for phenomenality. In this paper, I present a dilemma for theorizing about the connection between phenomenality and cognitive access. Either there is a conceptual connection between phenomenality and cognitive access that, pace Block, implies a necessary connection, or there is no conceptual connection but then the empirical evidence will - for principled reasons - underdetermine the theory describing the exact nature of the connection.
"What is Cognitive Science?"
This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.
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