DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.4.1104

Two Obstacles on the Way towards the Science of Consciousness

Jianfeng Li

Abstract


The paper discusses two obstacles standing on the way towards the science of consciousness and several possible ways of removing them. The first obstacle reflects the tension between the hard problem of consciousness and limitation of physics, which prevents us from directly talking about conscious experiences in theory. The second obstacle is related with combination problem presented by panpsychism and removing this obstacle will help us figure out what kind of system can be conscious and how to make a conscious machine. It is impossible to move on towards the science of consciousness before these two obstacles have been thoroughly removed. In this paper, I propose several methods to clear these two obstacles.

Keywords


Hard Problem, Combination Problem

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Supporting Agencies

I thank the financial supports from NSFC (No. 21534002, 21474021).



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