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SEARLE'S CRITIQUE OF THE MULTIPLE DRAFTS MODEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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Author(s): Đorđe Vidanović

Journal: Facta Universitatis. Series : Linguistics and Literature
ISSN 0354-4702

Date: 2009;

Keywords: Searle | Dennett | Multiple Drafts Model | consciousness | memes | genes | intentionality

ABSTRACT
In this paper I try to show the limitations of John Searle's critique of Daniel Dennett's conception of consciousness based on the idea that the computational architecture of consciousness is patterned on the simple replicating units of information called memes. Searle claims that memes cannot substitute virtual genes as expoundedby Dennett, saying that the spread of ideas and information is not driven by "blind forces" but has to be intentional. In this paper I try to refute his argumentation by a detailed account that tries to prove that intentionality need not be invoked in accountsof memes (and consciousness).
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