Somebody has asked this question ;how do we characterise the unconscious as distinguished from the conscious ? Neural pathways which run with automaticity -are the same as unconscious ?
Actually automaticity does not mean unconscious necessarily. Only unconscious states are representations -that is they are about anything while automaticity means neural pathways running without being about anything. As an example ,the blood flow goes on with automaticity but it is not a representation or about anything.The unconscious means neural pathways running automatically but they are not about anything.
(Peter Lipton’s response)