Tag Archives: emergence

Is consciousness a thing or a process? Yes.

I came across this tweet by Amanda Gefter: If you've never read James's 1904 essay "Does Consciousness Exist?" please do so immediately. Spoiler alert: No. No it does not. #WilliamJames — Amanda Gefter (@AmandaGefter) January 11, 2019 William James, the … Continue reading

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Consciousness is composed of non-consciousness

The components of a thing are not individually the thing. For example, the components of the chair I type most of my blog posts from are not the chair itself, but the wood of the frame, the springs for the … Continue reading

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The phrase “is an illusion” is overused

The March 6 episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast interviewed Jennifer Oullette to talk about her latest book, ‘Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self ‘.  During the interview, Chris Mooney asked her if the self is … Continue reading

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