Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
O'Brien & Opie: Connectionism and phenomenal experience

Network stability and consciousness?

Daniel Gilman a1
a1 Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD 20892


A connectionist vehicle theory of consciousness needs to disambiguate its criteria for identifying the relevant vehicles. Moreover, a vehicle theory may appear entirely arbitrary in sorting between what are typically thought of as conscious and unconscious processes.