Downgraded phenomenology: how conscious overflow lost its richness

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Our in-the-moment experience of the world can feel vivid and rich, even when we cannot describe our experience due to limitations of attention, memory or other cognitive processes. But the nature of visual awareness is quite sparse, as suggested by the phenomena of failures of awareness, such as change blindness and inattentional blindness. I will argue that once failures of memory or failures of comparison are ruled out as explanations for these phenomena, they present strong evidence against rich awareness. To accommodate and explain these massive failures of awareness, any theory of phenomenal consciousness must downgrade phenomenology to a degree where it is functionless or, ironically, does not reflect what we experience.
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-06-03
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
170 ( #34,740 of 64,219 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #48,064 of 64,219 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.