(BTW I searched for another thread dealing with this issue but couldn't find one.) To get a better grasp on the distinction between a- and p-consciousness, I'm reading Ned Block's "On a Confusion About a Function of Consciousness." I'm not nearly finished, but I wonder why he doesn't use something like the knee-jerk reflex to illustrate the difference between a- and p-consciousness. How is a-consciousness different from simple reflexes? Is the only difference that a-consciousness involves the brain? Or is the difference that p-consciousness (sometimes) has access to the functions of a-consciousness, while p-consciousness doesn't (ever) have access to the functions of reflexes? Is there another article I should be reading? Edit: Yeah, I'm not following this paper at all. I'll look for another but would appreciate suggestions.