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 racarlson@psu.edu http://psych.la.psu.edu/faculty/carlson.htm

Abstract

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.



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