if, in virtue of ones having the state, a representation of its content is (1) inferentially promiscuous, i. poised to be used as a premise in reasoning, and (2) poised for [rational] control of action and (3) poised for rational control of speech”. (Block, 1995, 13) Block, however, says that these three conditions are together sufficient, but not all necessary for the existence of the state of A-consciousness. According to Block (3) is not necessary for the existence of the state of A-consciousness. He regards (3) as unnecessary because he wants to allow non-linguistic animals, e. chimps, to have A-conscious states. Block states that A-consciousness is a cluster concept, in which (3) is the element of the cluster with the smallest weight, though it is (3) which often acts as the best practical guide to A-consciousness. Block talks about three main differences between A-consciousness and P consciousness: first, P-conscious content is phenomenal, whereas A-conscious content is representational. Second, A-consciousness is a functional notion, but P-consciousness is not a functional notion. And third, there a thing like a P-conscious type of state. For example the feel of pain is a P-conscious type of state. But any particular kind of thought that is A-conscious at a given time could fail to be accessible at some other time. . P- consciousness and A-consciousness according to Block.
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