Towards the Theory of Consciousness Through Concepts and Their Situation Relevancy Viljo Martikainen (Department Of Industrial Engin, Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Espoo, UUSIMAA Finland) P1
SENSORY INFORMATION + CONCEPTS > CONCEPTBASEDNESS IN AGENTS' MENTAL STATES AND EXPERIENCINGS = CONSCIOUSNESS The above describes the dynamics in all agents - and especially human agents - or SUBJECTS' mental states of experiencing and understanding the situation relevant meanings of the sensed entities in their environments. According to Landman Gunnar (1920, p. 79), already Socrates, Plato and Aristoteles (384-322 BC) needed concepts to understand the sensed information. Plato named his concepts also to ideas. Somehow these old philosophers had a right idea of the necessity of concepts to know and understand the values and meanings of the on-line flow of visual, auditive, olfactory, gustatory, tactile and motor sensations. They could not explain what concepts were. In my dissertation work (Martikainen Viljo, 2004, p 69 and 92 ) I presented the system model and theory of human concepts an mind. I found its structure by asking: What do we remember about entities we know very well? The elements of concepts, knowledge, and in fact of any theory can be seen as collections of attributes on three lines, namely: base and value-line, time-line-, and theory-line. All good theories must describe their objects understandably, explain their structure and functions in a logical way and forecast their future in a reliable way. On the base- and value line there are in the center of all the information we can get through the six senses including names and all linguistic information and information mediated by different signs and symbols. Important in this line are the value and classifying attributes because they enable the rabid reaction of the agent. By using names and linguistic expressions the number of human attributes of any entity is limitless. References: Baars, B. (1988) A cognitive Theory of Consciousness. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press; Chalmers, David. (2010) The Character of Consciousness, Oxford University Press; Landtman, Gunnar. (1920) Inledning till det filosofiska tonkandet, Soderstrom & C:o Forlagsaktiebolag AG , Helsingfors; Margolis Eric, Laurence Stephen, editors. (2000) CONCEPTS, Core readings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Martikainen, Viljo. (2004) Concepts and Mind as Dynamic Memory Systems Structuring the Human Mental: New Interpretations of Human Knowledge, Values, Motivation and Culture which steer the Rationality of Man's Reasonings and Actions. http//lib.tkk.fi/Diss/list; Martikainen, Viljo. (2007), Article in Futura 3/2007 pp 49-59, The Finnish Society for Future Studies. Title in English: The Substance, Sructure and Functions of Consciousness; Martikainen,, Viljo, (2012) in Reports from the Department of Philosophy, University of Turku, Uniprint Oy-Turku 2012. The title of my article in English: Understanding understanding.