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Posted August 15, 2012 by Natalie Geld in cognitive neuroscience
 
 

Bruce Mangan, PhD: Cognition, Fringe Consciousness + Convergent Phenomenology

Bruce Mangan, PhD received an interdisciplinary PhD in Cognitive Science and Aesthetics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. He has taught there since in various capacities, inaugurating the Scientific Approaches to Consciousness course offered jointly by the Psychology and Cognitive Science departments.

"William James Image mbSci"Mangan is one of the founding members of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

His research investigates the interface mechanisms that weld conscious and non-conscious processes into a single cognitive system. To this end he has developed a phenomenological method (Convergent Phenomenology) expressly designed to integrate first and third person evidence. William James practiced a nascent version of this approach.

 

Bruce Mangan (2008). Representation, Rightness and the Fringe.

Journal of Consciousness Studies 15 (9):75-82.

“So the central question here is phenomenological: What is the nature of the aesthetic zap? For it is this experience, or its promise, which gives art such a deep hold on human life. But the issue of representation, while secondary, is still pregnant with cognitive implications: Why is representation, of all the devices available to an artist, more likely to shift the odds in favour of eliciting and/or intensifying aesthetic experience? Assuming a Darwinian view of our species, it is likely that the answer to both questions will come from understanding how our capacity to enjoy art grows out of normal cognition.”
Works by Bruce | philpapers
  1. Bruce Mangan (2007). Cognition, Fringe Consciousness, and the Legacy of William James. In Max Velmans & Susan Schneider (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness. Blackwell.
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  2. Bruce Mangan (2003). Volition and Property Dualism. Journal of Consciousness Studies10 (12):29-34.
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  3. Bruce Mangan (2001). Sensation’s Ghost: The Nonsensory Fringe of Consciousness. Psyche7 (18).
    Non-sensory experiences represent almost all context information in consciousness. They condition most aspects of conscious cognition including voluntary retrieval, perception, monitoring, problem solving, emotion, evaluation, meaning recognition. Many peculiar aspects of non-sensory qualia (e.g., they resist being ‘grasped’ by an act of attention) are explained as adaptations shaped by the cognitive functions they serve. The most important nonsensory experience is coherence or “rightness.” Rightness represents degrees of context fit among contents in consciousness, and between conscious and non-conscious processes. Rightness (not (…)
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  4. Bruce Mangan (2000). What Feeling Is the “Feeling of Knowing?”. Consciousness and Cognition9 (4):538-544.
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  5. Bruce Mangan (1999). What’s New Here? Behavioral and Brain Sciences22 (1):160-161.
    O’Brien & Opie’s (O&O’s) theory demands a view of unconscious processing that is incompatible with virtually all current PDP models of neural activity. Relative to the alternatives, the theory is closer to an AI than a parallel distributed processing (PDP) perspective, and its treatment of phenomenology is ad hoc. It raises at least one important question: Could features of network relaxation be the “switch” that turns an unconscious into a conscious network?
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Natalie Geld

 
Co-founder + Creative Director of mbSci, Natalie Geld is a writer, communications specialist, producer, and educator, and has spent much of her life fostering educational opportunities for activating vivid human potential. She researches the integral nature of energy and the relationship of science, consciousness, and our health.