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Now we have reached a conundrum of interpretation: The closest thing we have to an official cOllcept of consciousness in Dennett's recent work is not a concept of something that can be taken seriously as a cultural construction. In his reply, I hope Dennett tells us how, according to him, cerebral celebrity could be a cultural construction. In the meantime, I will search for another kind of consciousness that he could have in mind. 27 Copyright (c) 2007 ProQuest LLC Copyright (c) University of Arkansas Press Block, Ned, "What Is Dennett's Theory a Theory" of?
I would guess, than some cases of near total blindness of the sort described. Further. there are othef blind sight-like phenomena in which subjects have rich informational contents without phenomenal or access-consciousness of it. Prosopagnosia is a neurological impairment in which subjects cannot recognize faces. even the faces of their friends and family. \·yc/wlogica 22 [1984J: 457-69) showed patients photographs of people they had seen many times. fOf example, John Wayne, and went through a number of names.
And who could not make that many discriminations in his sigliu-d field. In the light of this point, no one should maintain that high informational content is the essence of or necessary for experience. Further. blind sight patients can catch a ball thrown in the blind field. and shape their hand to grasp an object presented in the blind field. These are cases of far more than binary information. and more. I would guess, than some cases of near total blindness of the sort described. Further. there are othef blind sight-like phenomena in which subjects have rich informational contents without phenomenal or access-consciousness of it.