“More than evolution, more than inexhaustible arguments over God’s existence, the real fault line between science and religion runs through the nature of consciousness.” NYT
“How does the brain go beyond processing information to become subjectively aware of information? The answer is: It doesn’t…In this theory, awareness is not an illusion. It’s a caricature. Something — attention — really does exist, and awareness is a distorted accounting of it.” NYT: Are We Really Conscious?
panpsychism is not exactly a new theory but neuroscientist christof koch has been refining the idea with three decades of research and concludes that consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. relatedly, “google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.”
to the best of our knowledge aired a program, “stories of you”, which basically amounts to different perspectives on the philosophy of self best described as “self as a narrative center of gravity”. excellent stuff, except for the lack of mention of dan dennett who championed the concept since the mid 80’s and wrote, “The Self as a Center of Narrative Gravity”