Human Cognition - Higher Brain Function & the Science of Human Consciousness
HUMAN COGNITION: HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTION & THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS, p. 460, Burton, 2011
10 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2011 Last revised: 16 Nov 2011
Date Written: February 27, 2011
The Cognitive System Theory introduced here provides the first fully scientific model of how the hominid brain works, and explains how its two masterstrokes of cognitive development are achieved for each and every one of us in childhood. It explains how the mind originates and develops its power, on the way resolving the 'duality' problem. It explains how cognition is modularly structured and how this system is case-managed under endogenous control. It introduces fresh ideas about perspective in knowledge representation. It identifies consciousness in its various aspects with cognitive control, and an elegant matrix representation of its interacting control elements reveals the stereotypical transitions in control morphology which characterise child development. The origin of endogenous sequence-management skills is explained, as is the acquisition from within subjective experience of an objectified self-model, contingent and peculiar to the bipedal hominid.
Presentation is in four sections of a 16-session graduate lecture program:
1. Mind (origin of mind and development of its competence) 2. Brain (cognitive case-management in real brain: two aspects of control) 3. Knowledge (implied structure of natural knowledge & knowhow) 4. Consciousness (ontology and developmental morphology of consciousness & cognitive representation).
Prologue describes research methodology, Epilogue develops stark contrast with conventional discourse on consciousness, compared with understanding its role in control of the human cognitive system.
Two masterstrokes of human cognitive development are described to explain how homo sapiens sapiens escapes the mammalian prison of the eternal present.
Keywords: cognition, consciousness, mind-brain, origin of self-model, cognitive system theory, developmental morphology of consciousness
JEL Classification: B30, I21
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