Oslo Mind Group Seminar: Andrew Lee, Is Consciousness Continuous?

We will be discussing a draft of ‘Is Consciousness Continuous?’ by Andrew Yuan Lee.

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Abstract: Consider your visual experience of a blue sky, your auditory experience of a rising pitch, or your temporal experience of an interval of time. A number of philosophers have contended that these kinds of conscious experiences have continuous (rather than discrete) structures. This paper first explains what it means to say that conscious experiences have continuous (versus discrete) structures. Then I argue that a better diagnosis of the aforementioned kinds of experiences is that they are contiguous, where this means roughly that adjacent values from one experiential domain map to adjacent values in another experiential domain. I explain why every experience that is contiguous must be discrete, and I argue that our introspective evidence favors the discrete theory rather than the continuous theory. Along the way, I use formal tools to precisify the notions of continuity, discreteness, and other relevant structural properties.

Note: this is a ‘read-ahead’ seminar and will take place via Microsoft Teams.

A copy of the paper for discussion will be made available via the Seminars channel of the Oslo Mind Group team, which is open to all University of Oslo members, in advance, or is available upon request from the organizer (see below) for non-UiO users. All are welcome to attend.


Keith Wilson
Published Oct. 6, 2020 1:39 PM - Last modified Dec. 2, 2020 12:50 PM