Subject of conscious states.
Unconscious bias is far more prevalent than conscious prejudice and often incompatible with one's conscious values."
Many philosophers, however, doubt that all such executive activities are conscious; they suspect instead that conscious states play a more tangential role in determining action.
Are fish conscious in the relevant respect?
What exactly Malcolm means by “conscious experience” is unclear.
(When I have a conscious pain, I surely know that the pain is conscious.)
There is a powerful case, then, for thinking that there are unconscious as well as conscious visual percepts.
The first focuses on a mental state’s being conscious in general as opposed to not being conscious.
In unified conscious experience of them, there is no multiplicity of conscious states to enter into a ‘co’-relationship.
This statement is plausible on the “higher-order” theory of consciousness, according to which conscious states are states one is conscious of.
Two conscious states are phenomenally unified “if there is something it is like for the subject to be in both conscious states simultaneously”.
(Indeed, if Kant is right, when one is conscious of oneself as subject, one need not be conscious of oneself as an object at all (A382, A402, B429).)
These plastic natures are similar to minds or souls, but, pace Descartes, Cudworth allowed that there are non-conscious thoughts and non-conscious plastic natures.
What is common to dysexecutive disorder, Trevarthen’s cases, and simultagnosia is that subjects seem not to be conscious of even two objects in a single conscious state.
Hence, since one is aware of many contents via a conscious state, that state must itself consist of several simpler conscious states that have (somehow) come to be unified.
Presumably, a person may have conscious access to one of her A-conscious mental states in virtue of having some other mental state (e.g., a thought or belief) directed to it.
An important inspiration for such theories lies in the idea that, pre-theoretically or commonsensically, we are inclined to endorse the idea that conscious states are states we are conscious of.
Margaret Wilson has objected to this reading by arguing that it does not provide a satisfactory way of distinguishing between conscious and non-conscious minds or conscious and non-conscious thoughts.
Standard accounts of skill acquisition stress the importance of conscious awareness during the initial learning phase, which gradually gives way to more automatic processes of the sort that require little attention or conscious oversight (Schneider and Shiffrin 1977).
One's conscious visual experience correctly represents the world if there are lilacs in a white vase on the table (pace Travis 2004), one's conscious memory is of the attack on the World Trade Center, and one's conscious desire is for a glass of cold water.
- knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
Example: remained conscious during the operation
- intentionally conceived
Example: a conscious effort to speak more slowly
- (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something
Example: few voters seem conscious of the issue's importance
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