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Archive of posts filed under the Mind Science category.

On objective consciousness.

The article below was originally published by the Houston Jung Foundation. Since publication it became one of the most read articles on their website, so I decided to republish it here, as is, unedited.

Universal Grok – why it is necessary.

Just as physical science in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had to be covertly performed under a politico-religious system hostile to anything which did not conform to its dogmatic metaphysics, those who investigate the nature of mind in the twenty first century, whilst perhaps not in immediate danger of flogging or being burned alive, nevertheless [...]

Consciousness – The Argument from Relativity

The real difficulty that arises when we attempt to understand the nature of conscious awareness is not only that, once begun, it must expand into a science of everything, but also that it ultimately must descend to the ground of being itself, the essence of which no language – verbal, mathematical or geometrical – can [...]

Physics and Consciousness – A New Alignment

Imagine the argument between classical physics and quantum physics as an argument between two groups of cave dwellers trying to decide what rain is. One group suggests that “cloud” condenses into a quantity of “water” which then falls, forming droplets in the air. The other group suggest that a small quantity of “water” is condensed [...]

Science, Religion and the Objective Fallacy

Introduction. The answers of current science apply only within a materialist view of the cosmos, constrained not only by the limitations of such a view, but also an insidious need, driven by intellectual pride and fear, to defend the monolith of its making at all costs. Fortunately, there are some scientists, philosophers, medical and psychological [...]

The INTJ in-extremis. Martyr to Uncertainty.

Whether you agree with the more defining forms of personality typing or not, the fact remains that there is a particular way of being a person; a particular relationship between ego, unconscious and the world beyond self which accurately fits with the MBTI type known as INTJ. Like all personality types cast in this way, [...]

Is the hard problem of consciousness really “hard”?

When we try to think about what it is that is aware within us, and how it is aware, we come up against a what can only be described as a “semantic wall”.  Regardless of whether we subscribe to a materialist or dualist philosophy, this wall remains. While the “problem of consciousness” is easy enough [...]

Science and the Objective Fallacy.

Amusingly, the Encyclopedia Britannica article on consciousness relates one notion of the Skinnerian school of thought as being that, since the subjective factor of “mind” cannot be objectively apprehended as anything other than a physically reactive human functionality “we can only say that people behave “as if” they were conscious.” But how can you suggest [...]