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    From consciousness to brain-sign: a neurobiological reconstruction

    Clapson, Philip (2020) From consciousness to brain-sign: a neurobiological reconstruction. Activitas Nervosa Superior 62 , pp. 111-126. ISSN 1802-9698.

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    Abstract

    It may seem obvious we are conscious for we are certain we see, feel and think, but there is no accepted scientific account of these mental states as a brain condition. And since most neuroscientists assume consciousness and its supposed powers without explaining it, science is brought into question. That consciousness does not exist is here explained. The alternative, the theory of brain-sign, is outlined. It eliminates the quasi-divine knowledge properties of seeing, feeling and thinking. Brain-sign is a means/mechanism enabling collective action between organisms. Brain-sign signifies the shared world of that action. Signs are intrinsically physical and biologically ubiquitous. Brain-signs are derived moment-by-moment from the causal orientation of each brain towards others and the world. Interactive behaviour which is not predetermined (as in passing a cup of coffee) is characteristic of vertebrate species. Causality lies in the electrochemical operation of the brain. But identifying the changing world by brain-signs binds the causal states of those interacting into one unified operation. Brain-signing creatures, including humans, have no ‘sense’ they function this way. The world appears as seen. The ‘sense of seeing’, however, is the brain’s communicative activity in joint behaviour. Similarly for ‘feeling’. Language causality results from the transmission of compression waves or electromagnetic radiation from one brain to another altering the other’s causal orientation. The ‘sense of understanding’ words is the communicative state. The brain understands nothing, knows nothing, believes nothing. By replacing the prescientific notion of consciousness, brain-sign can enable a scientific path for brain science.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Brain-sign, Causal orientation, Consciousness, Interneural communication, Inter-organism communication, Neural interpretation
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 13:51
    Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 23:50
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/40954

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