Riccardo Manzotti, Vincenzo Tagliasco

Experience: more Extended than The Nervous System

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In the last twenty years, new scientific approaches to subjective experience rekindled an upsurge of interest in the subjective aspects of the mind. Yet a general consensus is still faraway. Many fundamental questions remains unanswered: What are the temporal, spatial, and causal boundaries of the mind? Why neural activity give rise to conscious experience? The unshaken belief in the fact that "you're nothing but a pack of neurons" (Crick and Koch 1998) has not found an empirical foundation. Currently, an interesting perspective is offered by the so called externalist approaches to the mind which explore the possibility that the physical bases of consciousness are physically larger than the nervous system.

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