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Here are some of the elements of basic consciousness.
- The propositions of basic consciousness are about
the world and not about the system's thoughts. There is a gray
area, and, for example, a proposition that the system is hungry can
be looked at the other way.
- images of scenes and objects
- These may be either remembered
images or images of objects currently being sensed. By image, I do
not mean merely two dimensional visual images such as those
projected on the retina. Included are auditory images and three
dimensional images of objects. The auditory images of speech are
transformed by filters characteristic of the hearer's understanding
of the language. The images of three dimensional objects involve
vision, touch and also experience with the particular kind of
Much more can be said about images, but it is inessential for this
review, except to make the point that the actual details are
important in understanding consciousness.
Fri Feb 28 07:25:22 PDT 1997