Excellent on the nature of consciousness. Not convinced about the purpose.
Oakley and Halligan produce a compelling description of the nature of consciousness. Thus, they observe that its content is generated exclusively by ‘non-conscious’ processes. They then move from that position to the more controversial conclusion that consciousness has no causal properties. So, they are self-confessed epiphenomenalists. Yet, their account of the breadth of that content leaves one with a nagging doubt. This is that consciousness is a ridiculously elaborate performance if it has no purpose.
Link to paper: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321052345_Chasing_the_Rainbow_The_Non-conscious_Nature_of_Being
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