Behavioral and Brain Sciences



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Consciousness without corticocentrism: Beating an evolutionary path


David B. Edelman a1
a1 The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, CA 92121. david_edelman@nsi.edu

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Abstract

Merker's approach allows the formulation of an evolutionary view of consciousness that abandons a dependence on structural homology – in this case, the presence of a cerebral cortex – in favor of functional concordance. In contrast to Merker, though, I maintain that the emergence of complex, dynamic interactions, such as those which occur between thalamus and cortex, was central to the appearance of consciousness.

(Published Online May 1 2007)