The Neural Correlates of Consciousness

Authored by: Valerie Gray Hardcastle , Vicente Raja

The Routledge Handbook Of Consciousness

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936218
eBook ISBN: 9781315676982
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At first blush, it seems that explaining what the “Neural Correlate of Consciousness” (NCC) is should be straightforward: it is whatever that happens in our brains when we have a conscious experience that is lacking when we are not having conscious experiences. But this simple answer is misleading. It turns out that there might not be an NCC – even if we adopt a purely materialistic and reductionistic framework for explaining consciousness.

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