Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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

What unifies experiences generated by different parts of my brain?

Eric Schwitzgebel a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0201


Neither of the explanations O'Brien & Opie offer to account for “subject unity” succeeds. Subject unity cannot arise from constructed personal narratives, because such narratives presuppose a prior unity of experience. Subject unity also cannot arise from projection of experiences to the same position in space, as reflection on pregnant women and the spatially deluded reveals.