- Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion – Big Think
- Creative machines will be the next weapon in our fake news war | WIRED UK
- How we think about thinking
- Is Mindfulness Meditation BS? | WIRED
- There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought – Scientific American
- How Brain Injuries Deprive People of a Sense of Free Will
- Researchers say they’ve identified two brain networks that together underlie our sense of free will.
- Mind Wandering
- you can only remember the future
- Why the Mind–Body Problem Can’t Have a Single, Objective Solution
“We don’t see that the hard problem
is not what consciousness is, it’s what matter is — what the physical is.”
…So the hard problem is the problem of matter (physical stuff in general). If physics made any claim that couldn’t be squared with the fact that our conscious experience is brain activity, then I believe that claim would be false. But physics doesn’t do any such thing. It’s not the physics picture of matter that’s the problem; it’s the ordinary everyday picture of matter. It’s ironic that the people who are most likely to doubt or deny the existence of consciousness (on the ground that everything is physical, and that consciousness can’t possibly be physical) are also those who are most insistent on the primacy of science, because it is precisely science that makes the key point shine most brightly: the point that there is a fundamental respect in which ultimate intrinsic nature of the stuff of the universe is unknown to us — except insofar as it is consciousness.
Galen Strawson is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author, most recently, of “Locke on Personal Identity: Consciousness and Concernment.”
Based on NYTimes article