chapter  10
The neural correlates of consciousness
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Chapter Ten – The neural correlates of consciousness If you could look right inside a brain and see everything that was happening there, would you then understand consciousness?

Identity theorists and eliminative materialists say yes. If we could observe brain activity in suffi cient detail and at many different levels of organisation then we would understand everything that the brain was doing, and since consciousness is the activity of brains it follows that we would understand consciousness. As philosopher Dan Lloyd puts it, we would fi nd ‘that there is in fact just one system, and that the neural version and the phenomenal version are simply different labels applied to one underlying Reality’ (Lloyd, 2004, p 299).