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Institute of Advanced Study

Nonconscious Cognition and Jess Stoner’s ‘I Have Blinded Myself Writing This’

Abstract

The cognitive nonconscious is a level of neuronal processing inaccessible to consciousness but nevertheless essential for consciousness to function. Defined as a process in which information is interpreted within contexts that connect it with meaning, cognition is present to some degree in all biological organisms and many technical systems. Cognition bestows functionalities not present in material processes, namely flexibility, adaptability and evolvability.

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