Consciousness as an Adaptation. What animals feel and why.

In Andreas Blank (ed.), Animals: New Essays. Munich: Philosophia. pp. 303-332 (2016)
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Evolutionary epistemology (Lorenz, Vollmer) and value-driven decision theory (Pugh) are used to explain the fundamental properties of consciousness. It is shown that this approach is compatible with global workspace theory (Baars) and global neuronal workspace theory (De Haene). The emotions are, however, that what drives consciousness. A hypothetical evolutionary tree of the emotions is given – intended to show that consciousness evolves and is probably qualitatively different in different groups of animals.

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Pouwel Slurink
University of Nijmegen (PhD)


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