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Bill Sanderson 1997

British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience


Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences). Metacognition: computation, neurobiology and function.

Not so long ago, discussions of consciousness were considered, at best, an entertaining distraction. In the International Dictionary of Psychology, for example, Stuart Sutherland (1995) declared of consciousness: "Nothing worth reading has been written about it." Fifteen years later and consciousness is all the rage with new journals, research institutes and conferences dedicated to uncovering and detailing the mechanisms of conscious thought. A recent issue of the prestigious Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B continues the trend.

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