Per Jake: “Abstract: On my reading, the Buddha of the Pāḷi Nikāyas agrees with Jesse Prinz (2005) in proposing a tripartite division between perceptual interactions that are (1) unattended and unconscious, (2) attended, conscious, and accessible to working memory, and (3) accessed so as to allow identification of an object. This account is vulnerable, but it can be strengthened by drawing on a model of experience as supervening on sensori-motor feedback loops, rather than solely on brain states. I make note of strong parallels between the role of manasikāra and that of attention in Prinz's model, but of also of saṁkhāra and the sensori-motor loops proposed by Susan Hurley (2001) and Alva Noë (2004) as the basis of experience. The Nikāyas offer a model that is fresh and live in the modern debate, I suggest, combining the strengths of Prinz and Noë's recent proposals, and more adequate than either in isolation.”
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The Colloquium Committee