Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

The real problem of consciousness

An interesting view on consciousness.

The real problem of consciousness

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth | November 2, 2016 | Aeon

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August 25, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, brain, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology | , | Leave a comment

I predict (myself), therefore I am

A fascinating view of consciousness. Worth the effort to read all the way to the end.

The Hard Problem of Consciousness

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

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December 14, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain, neuroscience, philosophy | | Leave a comment

Blindsight

Interesting experiments reveal that our subconscious is running the show in more ways than we realize.

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.

By David Robson |  28 September 2015 | BBC Future

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June 4, 2016 Posted by | brain, decision making | , , | Leave a comment

Why we can’t imagine death

Article exploring how our consciousness is responsible for our inability to imagine ourselves dead. In fact, we won’t even know we are dead — we need a working brain to realize it…

Scientific American Mind –  October 22, 2008

Never Say Die: Why We Can’t Imagine Death

Why so many of us think our minds continue on after we die

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October 1, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, evolutionary psychology | , , | 5 Comments