I have written about the mind-brain problem and the hard problem of consciousness on this blog a number of times. There are people who deny these are problems (e.g. Daniel Dennett) and purport that there are purely material explanations even though those explanations do not exist and there is a preponderance of evidence against them. … Continue reading Split brains do not lead to split consciousnesses
Some of you might know I am not, to say the very least, a fan of yoga. I feel the same way about hypnosis. Yoga is inextricably tied to Hinduism and altered states of spiritual consciousness. All Hindus are enjoined to practice yoga to achieve that very end. Hypnotism arrived to the scene much later than yoga and … Continue reading Is it OK to do things that lead to an altered state of spiritual consciousness?
Previously I wrote about the problem of consciousness. I was reminded of that post when I read this article in Scientific America where John Horgan interviews physicist Lee Smolin. Here is an interchange I found interesting: Horgan: Roger Penrose has suggested that a unified theory might also help solve the problem of consciousness. Do you … Continue reading The problem of consciousness is a Physics problem?
Denyse O’Leary often writes about the mind-brain problem. Her most recent article over at Evolution News and Views is titled Would We Give Up Naturalism to Solve the Hard Problem of Consciousness? I was reminded of a discussion Christian and I had the day before yesterday about Information Theory and one of Christian’s graduate school projects. … Continue reading Consciousness, artificial intelligence and the image of the beast
An article titled Astrophysicist Adam Frank: Materialism’s Fatal Flaw Is…Matter addresses the two greatest problems with thinking that matter is all there is. The first is consciousness. I have discussed it on this blog several times. The second is the increasing compelling idea that “information is poised to replace matter as the primary stuff of … Continue reading The problem with materialism
In 1994 a secular guy named David Chalmers, then at University of Arizona, got famous because he characterized something that had been known and discussed for centuries. He described a problem James Trefil, a Physics professor at George Mason University described this way: It is the only major question in the sciences that we don’t … Continue reading The mind-brain problem
Christian and I have an ongoing discussion about the current state of artificial intelligence. Some of it is in the context of the second beast of Revelations 13:15 that is given power to speak by the first beast. We make no claims about what all that means, but use it as a point of reference … Continue reading Losing faith in Elon Musk: True artificial intelligence is not happening any time soon
There is little doubt that radical aspects of some stripes of feminism have done great damage to American society. There has been some pretty serious push-back against much of this ideology, not only by the likes of constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly, but even by many avowed feminists intellectuals like Camille Paglia and Christiana Hoff Sommers. … Continue reading An article on the ignorance and evil of Marxist Feminism and Women’s Studies programs