At Ash Jogalekar’s “Curious Wavefunction,” we hear from physicist Ed Witten:
Many people regard consciousness as the last nut to crack at the frontier of science. If we crack that nut it would open the way to an unprecedented understanding of humanity that may in part explain why mankind produces thinkers like Ed Witten that allow us to understand the deep secrets of the universe.
But Witten is not too optimistic about it. And he seems to have fairly clear reasons for believing that consciousness will always remain a mystery. Here’s what he has to say (italics mine). More.
Note: Readers may remember Jogalekar from a flap some years back involving Scientific American: Scientific American may be owned by Nature but it is now run by Twitter
See also: Yet another origin of consciousness book. Which does get something right
Neuroscience tried wholly embracing naturalism, but then the brain got away
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