Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Mentalism, information, and consciousness

Richard A. Carlson a1
a1 Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-3106


The target article addresses important empirical issues, but adopts a nonanalytic stance toward consciousness and presents the mentalistic view as a very radical position that rules out informational description of anything other than conscious mental states. A better mentalistic strategy is to show how the structure of some informational states is both constitutive of consciousness and necessary for psychological functions.