mind & consciousness

One of the things that has always fascinated me, is how consciousness works. I am not talking about the manifestations in human behaviour and their thought patterns that psychologists study.  I am talking about the  “Hard Problem” of the philosophy of mind and consciousness researchers;  how  does the sum of all the neurophysiological activity in my brain translate into subjective “I” experiences, whatever that might  be.

Ever since I became interested in Eastern Pilosophy at Stellenbosch University and started dabbling in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and the different meditative traditions, I have wanted to know how it really works. Of course, no one really knows for sure, not even the most learned of modern scholars, and philosophers and hard-core reductionists alike all struggle to reach a consensus, if ever a consensus will be reached.

I have done my own reading and research on the matter, and though I would never claim to understand most of it, I find it fascinating to see what the experts in the field come up with.

One of the experts whose work I (mostly) follow is David Chalmers.

His blog is full of interesting links to even more resources on consciousness and philosophy of mind online.

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