Tag Archives: Consciousness

The Great Consciousness Swindle

James Kent, the author of Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, debates dualism. “If I can convince you that something invisible exists, like an ‘invisible mind’, but I also say it is immaterial and can never be measured, then … Continue reading

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Consciousness Explained by John R Searle

John Searle, one of the world’s great philosophers of mind and language, has something to say about consciousness as a biological phenomenon. Underneath the clip I have listed some of his arguments. And at the bottom there’s a link to his … Continue reading

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Conscious Experience Integrated in the Claustrum?

Recent experiments involving electrical stimulation suggest that there exists a brain center in humans, called the claustrum, that integrates our experience of the world. We already know that consciousness is not an ethereal concept, but a brain function that can be … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Sydrome

Since Halloween is coming up soon, its interesting to know that there are people walking around believing that they are actually dead. The Cotard delusion, or the walking corpse syndrome, is a rare mental illness that causes a person to believe … Continue reading

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Why Do Schizophrenics Hear Voices?

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and his team have conducted perception experiments on schizophrenics, and Eagleman theorize that schizophrenics suffer from something called ‘credit misattribution’. They hear voices, but don’t believe that they’re causing the voices themselves. The experiment suggest that the … Continue reading

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Consciousness as a State of Matter

MIT’s Max Tegmark argues that consciousness is a state of matter, and by “matter,” he doesn’t mean that somewhere in the deep recesses of your brain is a small bundle of liquid, sloshing around and powering your sense of self … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russel’s Theory of Knowledge

  Is the color green a property of the grass, the photon, or the detector? Bertrand Russels mind bending argument in full: i) If naive realism is true, then things are what they seem, and we can study how things … Continue reading

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