Tuesday, April 25, 2006

1.5 Recapitulation (page 19)

In the second paragraph Koch says:

"My goal is to identify the specific nature of this activity, the NCC, and to determine to what extent the NCC differ from activity that influence behavior without engaging consciousness"

Unconscious perception research goes to the heart of the definition of consciousness. Something is unconsciously perceived if the subject performs better than chance in a 2-altenative forced choice task, even though he claims that he was guessing (something like blindsight in normal subjects). So with this definition, together with the cited extract, we can see that maybe Koch is claiming that being conscious is the same as being able to verbally report it? Or is it that the verbal machinery is conected only to the NCC of everything, and not conected to anything else?


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