Authors: Daisuke Tanaka
The content of consciousness (cC) constitutes an essential part of human life and is at the very heart of the hard problem of consciousness. The cC of an individual (e.g., study participant) has been examined indirectly by measuring the person’s behavioral reports, bodily signs, or neural signals. However, these measures do not reflect the full spectrum of the person’s cC. In this paper, we define a method, called “CHANging Consciousness Epistemically” (“CHANCE”), to consciously experience the cC that would be identical with that experienced by another person, and thus directly know the full spectrum of their cC. In addition, the ontologically subjective knowledge about a person’s cC can be considered epistemically objective and scientific data. The CHANCE method comprises 2 empirical steps: (1) identifying the minimally sufficient, content-specific neural correlates of consciousness (mscNCC) and (2) reproducing a specific mscNCC in different brains.
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