Seminar Series

You have Conscious Sensations without Knowing it

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