Consciousness generates agent action

Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Colwyn Trevarthen

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Consciousness directs the actions of the agent for its own purposive gains. It re-organises a stimulus-response linear causality to deliver generative, creative agent action that evaluates the subsequent experience prospectively. This inversion of causality affords special properties of control that are not accounted for in IIT, which is predicated on a linear, deterministic cause-effect model. IIT remains an incomplete, abstract, and disembodied theory without explanation of the psychobiology of consciousness that serves the vital agency the organism.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Sep 2021


  • agency
  • affects
  • action
  • consciousness
  • panpsychism
  • embodiment


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