Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Author's Response
Ned Block (1995). On a confusion about a function of consciousness. BBS 18:227–287.

Biology versus computation in the study of consciousness

Ned Block a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, New York University, New York, NY 10003-6688 [email protected]


The distinction between phenomenal (P) and access (A) consciousness arises from the battle between biological and computational approaches to the mind. If P = A, the computationalists are right; but if not, the biological nature of P yields its scientific nature.