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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?$
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Susan Pockett, William P. Banks, and Shaun Gallagher

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162371

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.001.0001

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Consciousness, Intentionality, and Causality

Consciousness, Intentionality, and Causality

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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?

Walter J. Freeman

The MIT Press

This chapter suggests that circular causation is a more relevant concept than linear causation when addressing the question of whether consciousness causes or is caused by neural activity. It argues that while consciousness and neural activity may be interdependent, it is impossible in principle to say that either causes the other. Hence, the entire concept of consciousness as agent does not reflect the true situation. The chapter discusses the interrelationships among consciousness, intentionality, and causality and outlines the neural mechanisms of intention, reafference, and learning. It also explores causality by drawing from several disciplines, including neurobiology and nonlinear dynamics.

Keywords:   circular causation, linear causation, consciousness, neural activity, intentionality, causality, intention, reafference, learning, neurobiology

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