Skill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousness
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Progress in brain research. - Amsterdam
, p. 55-68
University of Antwerp
We suggest that within a skill-based, sensorimotor approach to sensory consciousness, two measurable properties of perceivers' interaction with the environment, "corporality" and "alerting capacity", explain why sensory stimulation is experienced as having a "sensory feel", unlike thoughts or memories. We propose that the notions of "corporality" and "alerting capacity" make possible the construction of a "phenomenality plot", which charts in a principled way the degree to which conscious phenomena are experienced as having a sensory quality.