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A hundred years of consciousness: ‘a long training in absurdity’

The very excellent Galen Strawson’s Isaiah Berlin Lecture from earlier this year. Highly unusual indeed to spot a footnote to Hayek’s TSO — so that’s rather good news. Also in anticipation of a review I’ve commissioned for Shaun Gallagher’s recently published Enactivist Interventions: Rethinking the Mind, Shaun has made available the book’s intro: see here. behaviourismconsciousnessenactivismFriedrich HayekGalen StrawsonPhilip…

Walker Percy Wednesday 153

Because I believe that God exists and that he created the Cosmos (the Big Bang, as you vulgarly call it, embarrasses you, Aristarchus, doesn’t it?), that he created man through evolution, in the latest moment of which, perhaps the last Ice Age, man became ensouled and came to himself as man, body and spirit; that God…

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

Walker Percy Wednesday 144 (Or Why Writers Drink)

Why Writers Drink He is marooned in his cortex. Therefore it is his cortex he must assault. Worse, actually. He, his self, is marooned in his left cortex, locus of consciousness according to Eccles. Yet his work, if he is any good, comes from listening to his right brain, locus of the unconscious knowledge of…

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