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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…

Francisco Varela: Late Interview

I chanced upon this video of Francisco Varela, clearly his illness at an advanced stage. I’m not a Spanish speaker so the substance of the video is lost on me. If you don’t know who FV is, here is an obituary by one of his closest friends and collaborators, the very excellent Evan Thompson. Running the video’s…


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In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Alva Noë discusses Evan Thompson’s Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy. Alva NoëbeingBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceconsciousnessdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionEvan ThompsonExtended MindExternalismmeditationneurophenomenologyNeurophilosophyneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognitionthe self