|Consciousness, philosophy: The experience of differences along with a knowledge about alternatives as opposed to purely automatic responses. See also intentionality, identity theory, other minds._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.|
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Consciousness/Brain/Dennett: (according to Dawkins) the brain works with a software that is designed to create the illusion of sequential data processing (the "consciousness stream"). However, this is missing in most animals.
Gene/Brain/Dawkins: the reason why genes cannot directly control our behavior like with marionette cords is time delay.
The genes control protein synthesis: this is effective but slow.
Behavior: is, on the other hand, very fast.
Consciousness/Dawkins: Perhaps consciousness arises when the brain simulates the world so completely that this simulation must contain a model of its own ((s) of the simulation, for every simulation is indeed a model of the world).
Dawkins: why is there not a model of the model, etc.?_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Das egoistische Gen, Hamburg 1996
M. St. Dawkins
Die Entdeckung des tierischen Bewusstseins Hamburg 1993