<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Flanagan (Owen) & Polger (Thomas) - Zombies and the Function of Consciousness (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22020.htm">Zombies and the Function of Consciousness</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Flanagan (Owen).htm">Flanagan (Owen)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/P/Author_Polger (Thomas).htm">Polger (Thomas)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: JCS - Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 02, Issue 4 (1995)</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22020.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperCitings_22020.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PapersToNotes_22020.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Authors Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P22020_1">Todd Moody s Zombie Earth thought experiment</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P22020_1"></A> is an attempt to show that  conscious inessentialism is false or in need of qualification. </li><li>We defend conscious inessentialism against his criticisms, and argue that zombie <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>2</SUP> highlight the need to explain why consciousness evolved and what function(s) it serves. </li><li>This is the hardest problem in consciousness studies. </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W3801W"></a><A HREF = "http://homepages.uc.edu/~polgertw/Polger-ZombiesJCS.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P22020_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P22020_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: See <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22017.htm">Moody (Todd C.) - Conversations with Zombies</A>".<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:46" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:46:03</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>