Why Consciousness?


Robert J. Aumann. 5/2021. “Why Consciousness?”. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/2ghr3alg
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Emotions—specially desire and the objects of desire, like enjoyment and satisfaction—drive much of what we do; indeed they drive all we do that is not recurrent. They are thus indispensable to human life. Inter alia, emotions enable the operation of incentives—like hunger for eating—that motivate us to perform tasks that are vital to our lives. We suggest that the adaptive function of consciousness is to enable emotions to operate.

Last updated on 07/10/2022