Behavioral and Brain Sciences



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

Sorites paradox and conscious experience


Tamás Pólya a1 and László Tarnay a2
a1 Department of Linguistics, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Ifjúság út 6, H-7624, Hungary polya@btkstud.jpte.hu
a2 Department of Philosophy, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Ifjúság út 6, H-7624, Hungary tarnay@btk.jpte.hu

Abstract

The theory of consciousness proposed by O'Brien & Opie is open to the Sorites paradox, for it defines a consciousness system internally in terms of computationally relevant units which add up to consciousness only if sufficient in number. The Sorites effect applies on the assumed level of features.