Psyche Lists: Discussions in Consciousness

Patrick Wilken patrickw at cs.monash.edu.au
Mon Aug 25 19:34:07 EST 1997

In recent years there as been a convergence of interest, from a number
of fields of study, on the nature of conscious experience. The
neuroscientist who explores the biological basis of consciousness, the
philosopher concerned with how age old questions of human experience are
explained, the psychologist seeking a more comprehensive view of the
nature and dynamics of subjective experience, and the cyberneticist who
dreams of a robot that thinks for itself, all work with closely related
and overlapping subjects, and all stand to benefit from and contribute
to a common pool of knowledge.  Furthermore, these issues are finding
increasing relevance among the humanities --the traditional home of
discussion on the nature of human experience.

The study of consciousness is ultimately an interdisciplinary endeavor.
In order to accommodate a more diverse yet focussed dialog on a very
complex subject, the journal PSYCHE <http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/>
has established two discussion lists.  Psyche-D is intended for dialog
on issues of theory, while Psyche-B focuses on research on empirical

PSYCHE-D for discussion of theoretical issues:

   * How do we define consciousness? In the broader sense, what 
     natural phenomena are we trying to understand? What needs to be
     explained, and why?

   * What theoretical approaches are being offered in the study of
     consciousness, and how do they contribute to our understanding
     with reference to our definition of the problem?

   * Just how big is this question, and why?

PSYCHE-B for discussion of empirical issues:

   * What directions in research are suggested by theory? What 
     questions are ripe for research?

   * What can we put our hands on? How can the neural (or other)
     correlates of consciousness be operationally defined and tested?

   * What research has been done, and what does it contribute to our
     understanding with reference to our definition of the problem?


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Patrick Wilken <patrickw at cs.monash.edu.au>, Executive Editor, Psyche
Tony Whetstone <pswhetst at ecuvm.cis.ecu.edu>, Editor, Psyche-B
George Buckner <metacom at mindspring.com>, Editor, Psyche-D

Patrick Wilken                     http://www.cs.monash.edu.au/~patrickw/
Editor:     PSYCHE: An International Journal of Research on Consciousness
Secretary:      The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/              http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC/

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