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First evidence for higher state of consciousness found

Popular write-up here; the original article here. In the study, neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in the diversity of brain signals of people under the influence of psychedelic drugs, compared with when they were in a normal ‘awake and aware’ state. consciousnessmrineurosciencephenomenologyphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindpsychedelic drugs

Consciousness Is Not Mysterious

Michael Graziano in The Atlantic Artificial intelligencebrain scienceCognitive neuroscienceColin McGinncomplexityConnectionismconsciousnessFriedrich HayekMichael GrazianomysterianismphenomenologyPhilosophy of mindqualiaself-referentialthe hard problem

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

Patricia Churchland talking at the very excellent Santa Fe Institute. brain scienceCognitive neurosciencecomplexityconsciousnessdarwinEvolutionary PsychologyMaterialismMoral psychologyNeurophilosophyPatricia ChurchlandPhilosophy of mindsanta fe institutesituated cognitionSpontaneous order

What Mary Didn’t Know

If the title and the video has no resonance then check out Jackson’s later eponymously titled paper. For a conspectus of the industry generated by Jackson’s thought experiment see Qualia: The Knowledge Argument. Most will probably know Dorian Electra from her video “I’m in Love with Friedrich Hayek” (see second vid): the Mary video is infinitely sharper,…

WAKING, DREAMING, BEING

Evan’s latest reviewed in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews beingBuddhismconsciousnessDreamingenactivismEvan Thompsonidentitymeditationmind-bodyneurophenomenologyneurosciencephenomenologyPhilosophy of mindselfsituated cognitionwaking