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by Shajan624
Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Survival value of Consciousness
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Survival value of Consciousness

If MAL differentiated under an impulse to experience without knowing (somehow), it would be returning to the exact same state it began from, which makes little sense, either as an inner telos or in light of our own immanent experience of life, in which all previous states integrate within the prese...
by Shajan624
Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Survival value of Consciousness
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Survival value of Consciousness

Then one day I realized that all of this fussing was greatly diminishing my ability to savor and experience the here and now. I feel many people may be making that same mistake. Their heads are so wrapped up in characterizing the uncharacterizable as if it was something outside themselves they were...
by Shajan624
Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Survival value of Consciousness
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Survival value of Consciousness

Have you read David Chalmer's paper on the "Hard Problem of Consciousness"? For any activity in consciousness (thoughts, feelings, perceptions, intentions, etc.), there is, in theory, a "neural correlate" in the "physical" substrate of the brain. There is no clear reas...
by Shajan624
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Essay: What Do "I" Know? (Part A)
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Essay: What Do "I" Know? (Part A)

Ashvin: I can understand the motivation to look for reasons behind the dominance of physicalist thinking. Physicalism is truly a disease and could lead to devastating consequences in not too distant future. However, I cannot agree with your analysis. Human consciousness has undergone significant evo...
by Shajan624
Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Topic-specific Discourse
Topic: Consciousness, A Priori Reasoning and Pluralism
Replies: 22
Views: 691

Re: Consciousness, A Priori Reasoning and Pluralism

Richard, From an idealist perspective we may say that consciousness is, but no more than that. If it’s the foundational thing we can’t get underneath it to say any more. So I suppose my answer is that we can’t understand consciousness. We can describe its material correlates to an ever finer degree,...
by Shajan624
Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Topic-specific Discourse
Topic: Consciousness, A Priori Reasoning and Pluralism
Replies: 22
Views: 691

Re: Consciousness, A Priori Reasoning and Pluralism

Here is the difference. If one assumes there is matter, then one has either the intractable interaction problem of the substance dualist or the intractable hard problem of consciousness of the materialist. By 'intractable' I mean no one has a clue for how the problem might have a solution. The idea...
by Shajan624
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Topic-specific Discourse
Topic: Consciousness, A Priori Reasoning and Pluralism
Replies: 22
Views: 691

Re: Consciousness, A Priori Reasoning and Pluralism

Richard, Very interesting paper. A multi-pronged approach would be required to understand consciousness. Even more important is to think about what exactly we mean by ‘understand’ or ‘know’ something. Consciousness has an essential role in the act of ‘knowing’ and attempting to know consciousness ri...
by Shajan624
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Topic-specific Discourse
Topic: Evolution and the causal efficacy of consciousness
Replies: 27
Views: 1202

Re: Evolution and the causal efficacy of consciousness

Justin, Well written paper. I think evolutionary argument did not turn out to be the bomb it was expected to be because it did not go far enough. It could be viewed as an attempt to compromise with the apparent impenetrability of Darwinian theory by bringing in the subjective through backdoor. Causa...
by Shajan624
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Topic-specific Discourse
Topic: Fragmentation and Integration: What is the Idealist View?
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: Fragmentation and Integration: What is the Idealist View?

Ashvin: It is important not to mistake differentiation for fragmentation. Differentiation is natural for any integrated system. Human body is a highly integrated whole of differentiated parts, in contrast to a colony of bacteria. Any integrated whole will include parts that are apparently at odds wi...
by Shajan624
Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Topic-specific Discourse
Topic: Phenomenology and Praxis: Philosophical Questions Not Asked Enough
Replies: 22
Views: 880

Re: Phenomenology and Praxis: Philosophical Questions Not Asked Enough

The reason for the third person scientific view is many layered. On a relatively surface level, we could say it's the rise of rationalism and dualism in the 15th to 16th centuries, which isolated inward mental stuff from outtward material stuff. Once we put that in the overall context of cognitive ...