Appearances can be deceiving: critical notice of consciousness and robot sentience

Chrisley, Ron (2014) Appearances can be deceiving: critical notice of consciousness and robot sentience. International Journal of Machine Consciousness, 6 (1). pp. 13-20. ISSN 1793-8473

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A critique of some central themes in Pentti Haikonen's recent book, Consciousness and Robot Sentience, is offered. Haikonen maintains that the crucial question concerning consciousness is how the inner workings of the brain or an artificial system can appear, not as inner workings, but as subjective experience. It is argued here that Haikonen's own account fails to answer this question, and that the question is not in fact the right one to ask anyway. It is argued that making the required changes to the question reveals an important lacuna in Haikonen's explanation of consciousness.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Perception; symbolic representation; indirect perception; transparency; qualia; symbols; amodal features; representational content; content specification
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: Ron Chrisley
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 09:08
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:41

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