chapter  3
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Focal Consciousness Substantiality and Focal Consciousness

This conclusion presents some thoughts on concepts discussed in this book. The book presented a theory of causal attribution based on one major premise. To maximize simplicity, consciousness connects cognized effects with cognized possible causes such that consistency between the elements of cause-effect unit formations is maximal. It also defined consistency in terms of similarity between the properties of cognized effects and possible causes and applied the formulation to the dimensions of time, space, focalization, and affect. The book concludes that the goal-directed model provides a more integrated and viable approach to the diversity of attribution phenomena than do nongoal-directed models. In addition, it would probably be foolish to assume that time, space, focalization, and affect constitute the total set of properties that influence causal attribution. Proof or disproof of this conclusion will of course take time, creativity, and the critical talents of those involved in cognitive psychology.