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dc.contributor.advisorMacIntosh, Jack J.
dc.contributor.authorCunningham, M. N.
dc.date.accessioned2005-07-21T22:06:33Z
dc.date.available2005-07-21T22:06:33Z
dc.date.issued1986
dc.identifier.citationCunningham, M. N. (1986). Perception and consciousness: an evolutionary approach (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/17076en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0315299363en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/24044
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 131-138.en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this thesis is to trace the development of perceptual systems, and what we could call 'perceptual consciousness' within the wider context of an evolutionary perspective. An underlying motivation is that theories which treat perception as exclusively informational may be rendered incomplete by their failure to deal with the 'experiential' aspects of perception. It is argued that with increasing sophistication of the perceptual systems comes a complexity of behavioural repetoires such that explanations of the behaviours of complex organisms are best dealt with from an intentional stance, and that only from within an intentional stance can we meaningfully ascribe consciousness to an individual. Chapter One traces the evolution of perceptual systems from their origins in simple phototropic mechanisms to the more anatomically and functionally coMplex systems. The 'hard wiring' observed in simpler creatures preludes flexibility of response with the consequence that increased flexibility requires the 'decoupling' of perceptual from motor systems and the development of a 'representation' at the interface of those systems. Chapter Two deals with the 'evolution' of 'consciousness' and surveys the origins and the variety of contemporary uses of 'conscious' and 'consciousness'. Chapter Three discusses the claim that we should abandon these terms and replace them with a more finely grained conceptual framework. A revisionist rather than an eliminativist strategy is proposed, with the caveat that care is taken in specifying the subject of consciousness. Chapter Four takes the results of the preceding two chapters and applies them to non-humans. It is concluded that any system towards which we can adopt an intentional stance can be said to be conscious, but that this sense of 'conscious' is very liberal and somewhat uninteresting. A taxonomy that limits phenomenal perception to those individuals who are 'self- conscious' is taken to be mistaken, and that phenomenal perception falls across the border of any simple dichotomy of consciousness3 and consciousness 4.
dc.format.extentviii, 138 leaves ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subject.lccBF 311 C848 1987en
dc.subject.lcshPerception
dc.subject.lcshConsciousness
dc.titlePerception and consciousness: an evolutionary approach
dc.typemaster thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/17076
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.identifier.lccBF 311 C848 1987en
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
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ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 578 215772181


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