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It seems, then, that we can preserve consciousness, or any other aspect of our mentality, as something distinctive and autonomous only if we are willing to accept their causal impotence. 25 Fifty years of debate have shown, I believe, that the central core of the mind-body problem is constituted by two great and deep puzzles, consciousness and mental causation. And these two puzzles turn out to be intimately intertwined - the key to both is the question whether phenomenal properties of consciousness can be functionalized.
They face a dilemma. If they mean phenomenal consciousness, then their argument is extremely interesting but unsound: their conclusion is unjustified. If 28 How to Find the Neural Correlate of Consciousness they mean access-consciousness, their argument is trivial. Let me explain. Let us look at their argument more closely. Here it is: 1. Neural machinery of visual consciousness harnesses visual information for direct control of reasoning and decision making. 2. Frontal areas subserve these functions.
L. Velay, 'Proprioceptive Control of Goal Directed Movements in Man, Studied by Means of Vibratory Muscle Tendon Stimulation', Journal of Motor Control 23/2 (1991), 101-8). 34 See J. van der Meulen, R. Gooskens, J. J. Dennier van der Gon, C. C. A. M. Gielen and K. Wilhelm, 'Mechanisms Underlying Accuracy in Fast Goal-directed Arm Movements in Man', Journal of Motor Behavior 22/1 (1990), 67-84. 35 See Grush, 'Emulation and Cognition' for a review. 32 45 Andy Clark model or emulator into the systems.
Current Issues in Philosophy of Mind by Anthony O'Hear