From scientist and novelist Michael Grazziano at the Atlantic:
It’s just the brain describing itself—to itself.
but … Wait …
Let me be as clear as possible: Consciousness doesn’t happen. It’s a mistaken construct.
The human brain insists it has consciousness, with all the phenomenological mystery, because it constructs information to that effect. The brain is captive to the information it contains. It knows nothing else. This is why a delusional person can say with such confidence, “I’m a kangaroo rat. I know it’s true because, well, it’s true.” The consciousness we describe is non-physical, confusing, irreducible, and unexplainable, because that packet of information in the brain is incoherent. It’s a quick sketch.
So, if believing I am conscious can make me so, why doesn’t believing make it true for anything else? Why didn’t it work for the kangaroo rat?
Let me be as clear as possible: Consciousness doesn’t happen. It’s a mistaken construct. … The study of consciousness needs to be lifted out of the mysticism that has dominated it. Consciousness is not just a matter of philosophy, opinion, or religion. It’s a matter of hard science. … More.
If so,this is hardly the way to go about it.
A friend notes that he seems to be undercutting science while appealing to it. THoughts?
See also: Neuroscience tried wholly embracing naturalism, but then the brain got away
Would we give up naturalism to solve the hard problem of consciousness?
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