[Q] Consciousness ?

pspangle at worldnet.att.net pspangle at worldnet.att.net
Thu Jan 29 08:21:13 EST 1998


In article <34CF08D9.5607F8AD at nuri.net>,
  Tae-Young Ahn <tyahn at nuri.net> wrote:
>
> Hi, all.
>
> I have several questions about consciousness.
>
> Can we explain consciousness as term of energy and matter ?
>
> Or, is consciousness metaphysical problem ?
>
> I have some articles related to perception, binding problem, and
> temporal synchronization. does this temporal coherence give us lucid
> explanation to reductionistic solution of consciousness ?
>

In the study of consciousness, mankind today is probably at the level
where the early Egyptions were in astronomy.  We understand that if a
certain part of the brain is damaged, certain aspects of consciousness
disappear (e.g. lose the use of a part of the right side of your brain
and you will no longer recognize your left hand as your own -- and indeed
will emphatically deny that it is your own). However, precisely how to
make the jump from firing neurons to what it is that lets you see your
nose from the back end is still unknown -- it's what David Chalmers calls
the "hard problem."  If you want to follow what those working (?) on this
area are doing, you should follow the moderated newsgroup

sci.psychology.consciousness

Patrick Spangler

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