Category: "Mind and Consciousness"

Consciousness Is Nothing But a Word by Henry D. Schlinger Ph.D.

August 5th, 2008

In 1991, Daniel Dennett published his tome, Consciousness Explained.1 Yet, ten years later he penned an article titled “Are We Explaining Consciousness Yet?”2 If he had to ask the question, the answer seems obvious. English-speaking philosophers and psychologists have been trying to understand consciousness at least since John Locke introduced the word into the English language in the 17th century. But despite the best efforts of those who’ve thrown their hats into the ring, we haven’t made much progress. Obviously, a different approach is needed.

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Towards a Materialistic Resolution of the "Hard Problem" of Consciousness - An interview with Haim D. Heilprin, Ph.D.

September 28th, 2008

Let us begin with what is arguably the toughest question of all, the question of subjective experience. Please pardon my skepticism, but it is my understanding that you purport to offer an explanation to the "hard problem" of consciousness…

Yes. The nature of consciousness is one of the most fundamental enigmas of science, on par with the ultimate nature of matter. Yet unlike the study of any other scientific subject, in the case of consciousness we seem to be clueless even as to where to begin our investigation. It's as if consciousnesses lies beyond the scope of science, or indeed, as some argue, even beyond the scope of our intellectual grasp.

I believe that we can understand consciousness, and that the answer to this enigma lies with the consistent application of Occam's razor to the plain facts at hand. I start out with a few necessary postulates which, following a short and rather straightforward mental expedition, nonetheless lead to one the most profound conceptual revolutions in the history of science.

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How The Human Got Its Mind: Debunking the Last Great Myth in Psychology by Henry D. Schlinger Ph.D.

August 5th, 2008

Despite the fact that the concept of mind as an immaterial entity dates back at least to the twelfth century CE, it still occupies a central place as the subject matter of modern psychology. Consider only a few of the numerous recent books with the word “mind” in the title: How The Mind Works (by Steven Pinker), The Mind’s I and Kinds of Minds (by Daniel Dennett), The Maladapted Mind and Mindblindness (by Simon Baron-Cohen), Wild Minds (by Marc Hauser), and The Mating Mind (by Geoffrey Miller).

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