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The Nature of Consciousness

Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. Jump to 26:32 for the consciousness discussion proper — the first 26 minutes are for the most part a well-trodden exercise in mutual virtue-signalling. Discussion of the phenomenology of intuition . . . now that is interesting. Artificial intelligenceconsciousnessmeditationneurosciencephilosophy mindphilosophy of…

The Case for Psychedelics

W. Keith Campbell and Brandon Weiss in Quillette. We argue that the decision to ban therapeutic use of psychedelics was a tragic mistake. Brandon WeissconsciousnessdrugsneurosciencePhilosophy of mindPsychologyReligionspiritualityW. Keith Campbell

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