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Monday, October 19, 2009

Religious Thought for the Day


Oh, and this fascinating article from this morning's Religious Dispatches.

A quote to whet your whistle:
Consciousness, he argues, and all the things that that word means (thinking and feeling and the fact that the world shows up for us, to use Noë’s turns of phrase) does not originate from the brain the way digestive acids originate from the stomach, or the way light originates from the lens of a movie projector. Consciousness is the product of a living organism dynamically interacting with the world around it. Noë argues for a biological understanding of who we are. And if the clarity and force of his case doesn’t change everything, it changes a lot.
Read the whole article "Why You Are Not Your Brain (and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness) By John Stoehr.

It's fascinating.

2 comments:

Kirkepiscatoid said...

Love the illustration--but I would have put a lot more "9's" after the decimal point!

Joie said...

Don't have time to read your whole post right now but I thought, WTH??? When I saw Rowan's response in the NYT. Why doesn't he just go on over there with them?!