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We're fabric beings in a cloth international, yet we're additionally beings who've studies and emotions. How can those subjective states be only a subject of subject? To protect materialism, philosophical materialists have formulated what's often referred to as "the phenomenal-concept strategy," which holds that we own a number of specific techniques for classifying the subjective features of our studies.
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A similar profile is presented by much actual research into realworld robotics. A good example is work18 in real-world robotic navigation in which knowledge of location is directly encoded as a perceptuo-motor routine: a routine that actually specifies how to move 17 D. Ballard, M. Hayhoe, P. Pook and R. Rao, 'Deictic Codes for the Embodiment of Cognition', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, forthcoming. 18 M. -A. Meyer and S. ), From Animals to Animals 1 (Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1991). This work is further discussed in Clark, Being There, chapter 2.
But he also says that Penfield's famous unconscious driver is 'totally unconscious', yet manages to drive home. Note that there is no room for resolving the contradiction via appeal to the difference between 'conscious' and 'conscious of. If Penfield's driver is 'totally unconscious', then he is not conscious of anything. And thus we have a conflict with the idea that if one were to become unconscious of the road and traffic, the car would crash. Can we resolve the contradiction by supposing that what Searle thinks is that normally if one were to become unconscious of the road the car would crash, but the Penfield case is an abnormal exception?
Denial of Visual Perception', Brain and Cognition 16 (1991), 29-40. 8 A. D. Milner and M. A. Goodale, The Visual Brain in Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995). 26 How to Find the Neural Correlate of Consciousness sciousness makes sense and may even exist in a limited form. What about the converse, phenomenal consciousness without access? For an illustration at the conceptual level, consider the familiar phenomenon in which one notices that the refrigerator has just gone off. Sometimes one has the feeling that one has been hearing the noise all along, but without noticing it until it went off.