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Colin Blakemore: 1944-2022

Back in the day I enjoyed Blakemore’s BBC series (with accompanying book) The Mind Machine, several episodes available on YouTube. Also well-worth a read (coedited with Susan Greenfield) is the book Mindwaves: Thoughts on Intelligence, Identity, and Consciousness. See the obit On Colin. Cognitive sciencecolin blakemoreconsciousnessneurosciencePhilosophy of mindsusan greenfield

. . . but our brain can’t understand the picture

Hayek already wrote in The Sensory Order (1952) that “An apparatus of classification cannot explain anything more complex than itself” and that “The whole idea of the mind explaining itself is a logical contradiction’’. Hayek takes this incompleteness — the constitutional inability of mind to explain itself — to be a generalized case of Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem. See…