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What Is Consciousness?

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what information is beautiful thinks i think about consciousness

infographic on consciousness as functionalism

The ever wonderful chaps at Information is Beautiful have put up a beautiful animated infographic of many of the major theories of consciousness. Click on the graphic to the right to see them all … I’m essentially a functionalist but try to keep an open mind.

OK, I can state it more forcefully than that: I believe, and believe I can point to evidence for, that consciousness performs many important functions, and I want to know what they all are, how they work together, and how they relate to the other functions of the brain. If we do build up a solid picture of that, however, it won’t surprise me too much if we find interesting phenomena left over that require us rethinking everything we’ve done up to that point.

-the Centaur

UPDATE: Ooo, there’s even more to the graphic than I thought … you can click on the brains and get it to produce a composite graphic of what “your” theory of consciousness is.