Unconscious perception and communication

H. John Caulfield, Stephen W. Kercel

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/ths.2003.016

Abstract


In the development of life and mind on earth, consciousness seems to have emerged rather late in the process. Some researchers believe animals as primitive as salamanders have some rudimentary consciousness. However, consciousness appears to be volitional. Humans can perform many functions unconsciously, while being conscious of very little of what is happening to them and in their world. An attention function brings information to our conscious process. We suggest that genuine communications with manmade artifacts, a technological feat not yet achieved, would need to go through a very similar attentional process.

Keywords


unconscious perception; communication; philosphy; unconscious modeling; mental functioning

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