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You have Conscious Sensations without knowing it.

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Organised by Victor Lamme
Date 10 December 2013
Time 16:00 - 17:00

Consciousness has always been defined from introspective and behavioral intuitions. This has gotten us nowhere.  What we need is a radical redefinition of what consciousness really is.

The criterion for success should be whether such a new definition explains what there is to explain about consciousness, not whether it fits our intuitive notions. From such an approach (Lamme, 2006; 2010), it emerges that it makes sense to acknowledge that we have conscious sensations (in the phenomenal, qualitative sense) without attention, without access, and hence also without thought.

In this talk, I will present the arguments and experiments that impose such a far reaching conclusion. A conclusion that in the end forces us to acknowledge that we may have conscious sensations even when we don’t know it.

Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M
Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw M

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam