“Can Consciousness Extend?” Karina Vold, University of Cambridge
While Andy Clark and David Chalmers (1998) argue that certain mental states and processes can ‘extend’ to be partially constituted by objects located beyond one’s brain and body, they deny that consciousness can extend. They have offered various reasons to explain this. Most recently, Chalmers (forthcoming) argues (a) that consciousness requires direct availability for global control, and (b) that cognition must be extended in a certain way, namely, via perception and action. The conjunction of these claims, he argues, makes extended consciousness impossible. In this talk I challenge both claims.