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Perplexities of Consciousness (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology) Hardcover – January 28, 2011
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I highly recommend to take a good time with this book. Its reading is worthy for all people interested in psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive sciences and consciousness studies.(David Fajardo-Chica Metapsychology)
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Eric Schwitzgebel, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, is the co-author (with Russell T. Hurlburt) of Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic (MIT Press, 2007).
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My critiques: 1) The book does not focus on consciousness except in one chapter where the different "models" of consciousness are assessed such as the sparse, abundant, and moderate views. Consciousness is never clearly defined in the book. Rather the book has to do with "introspection" going wrong. 2) I find it difficult to accept a scenario where my introspection can be wrong, I've no doubt that my sensory or cognitive machinery may err, however, I introspect correctly on these incorrect mental states. An example of introspection going wrong would be someone introspecting pleasure- however they are not in any physical or mental state of pleasure and thus their introspection is wrong. However, if I view the world as being red all the time because of a problem in my retinal machinery, it is clear that my senses are wrong, however, my introspection is still correct to say "the world appears red". If I see the world in color, but my visual areas in the brain translate this into a red world, once again, my introspection leads me to believe the world is red. Is this really an introspective problem? I am not convinced as such.