Alva Noë somehow made his book better by commenting on my review of it…

Several months ago, I posted an article titled “Horribly disappointed by a really good book,” in which I reviewed Alva Noë’s book Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. In retrospect, it was a strange review, fraught with all the mixed feelings hinted at … Continue reading

Horribly disappointed by a really good book

Just over a week ago, a friend of mine sent me the following YouTube video: The main idea presented by Alva Noë in that short and intriguing video is that our consciousness is not some tool or ability that resides within our head, but a dynamic process that takes place between our brains, our body … Continue reading

Tao 49

The Sage has no constant pulse. The blood of ordinary people flows through its veins. I respect people. Good and not-good people alike. In being good to others, I’m good to myself, So walking the virtuous path. I have faith in people. Trustworthy and untrustworty people alike. I trust others to trust myself. So keeping … Continue reading

World Wide Mind

Michael Chorost is a technology theorist with an unusual perspective: his body is the future. In 2001 he went completely deaf and had a computer implanted in his head to let him hear again. This transformative experience inspired his first book, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, in which he wrote about … Continue reading

The Birth of Consciousness? (A Jaynesian Interpretation of a Troublesome Memory)

Featured image “Birth of Consciousness” courtesy of Bob Siddoway (see more of his great work here) I have an extremely vivid memory from when I was a child. I had been put to bed, and was waiting to fall asleep. My bedroom door was open (I was afraid of the dark) and through it I … Continue reading

On cats and their food

When I first bring home my cat and  start feeding her, of course, she eats. She eats because it smells appealing. Her sniffer makes her want to eat it. Then, of course, she eats it and enjoys herself. She enjoys herself because the feeling of discomfort that her hungry body was sending her has stopped … Continue reading

Science, Religion, and the Over-valuing of Words: A letter to two friends.

By John Dave, the other day you were mentioning how you felt a little uncomfortable with Eckhart Tolle’s term, ‘pain-body’ and it reminded me of my own struggles with Tolle. I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but in the past, I’ve felt the same unease about said term and even occasionally at … Continue reading

A Brief History of the Mind

The eternal mother hanging at the edge of time.

Somewhere very near the middle of this preface to a neat book, “A Brief History of the Mind” is the following terrific summary of how human consciousness differs from other species on Earth. “We tend to see ourselves as the narrator of a life story, always situated at a crossroads between past and future, swimming … Continue reading