Armstrong’s Account of Consciousness ABSTRACT: Armstrong’s account of consciousness posits that our mental states produce a range of behaviors. This means that monitoring our behavior as the Behaviorists did is a flawed means of comprehending humanity, insofar as our behavior is a result, not a cause. Furthermore, we do not react to all our impulses, which means that our minds are not always revealed by our behavior. Consciousness enables us to behave in a selective way towards our own states of mind. Armstrong seeks a new science of the mind as a way of studying mental states and personal dispositions, rather than human behavior. However, the means of gathering such information may not lay exclusively in the scientific realm. Imagine a...The end:
.....trate the private mind in an observable and overall scientific way. In his anecdote about driving long distances, he captures a common reality of losing conscious awareness while not ending up in a ditch, in a way that flow believably in a novel, because it is a fairly common human experience. With that sort of universal allusion at his fingertips, he seems poised to uncover the way in which art and narrative can bring the private world into public view. Making this trick scientific may not be a reality yet, but it was still not real when he proposed his own science of the mind. Armstrong’s argument for mental states producing a range of human behaviors feels right, and is an argument worth building upon, perhaps with a literary supplement.