Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reflection on recent posts: states, stages, postmetaphysics

<div _emptydescriptionerrormessage="Please write something for your reply." _setvalueurl="http://integralpostmetaphysics.ning.com/forum/comment/update?id=5301756%3AComment%3A45082&quot; _value=" Also of interest from the last article is how in the beginning it compares what I’ve excerpted above with Descartes’ dualism, the mind being an immaterial ‘ghost in the machine.’ At … Continue reading

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Summary of recent posts on consciousness, neuroscience & meditation

I found this interesting article, which basically summarizes everything I’ve discussed recently. A few excerpts: “Antonio Damasio (1995) distinguishes three kinds of self that constitute consciousness. At the neural level, there is the non-conscious proto-self. This represents the pattern of … Continue reading

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Relevant quote from Self Comes to Mind

I like the following quote from Self Comes to Mind, relevant to recent enquiry: “The ultimate consciousness product occurs from those numerous brain sites at the same time and not in one site in particular, much as the performance of … Continue reading

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A few comments on Damasio

From this post on his latest book, and also related to the post on ipseity and bare awareness. Note that consciousness is not the same as basic mind awareness. The former requires a ‘self’ and the latter is bereft of … Continue reading

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Regressive re-frame image makeover can’t conceal the facts

I’ve been praising the progressives for finally getting on the framing bandwagon, which I think helped them greatly in the last election. But this is not to say that it’s all about framing. The progressive frame is based on genuine … Continue reading

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Review of Damasio’s book Self Comes to Mind

See it here. A few excerpts: “On Page 8 he says, ‘I believe that conscious minds arise when a self process is added to a basic mind process.’ So, in Damasio’s view the difference between mind and consciousness is all … Continue reading

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Damasio on free will

Given the reference to his work in the last post, here is an excerpt from this interview, his response to the specific issue of Libet’s work and what it tells us about free will. This relates to what Churchland said … Continue reading

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Patricia Churchland on the neurobiology of consciousness

I find the following article by Churchland informative on a number of levels. First, she clarifies that her brand of reductionism does not assume that the parts can fully determine the whole, but that they certainly have influence and constrain … Continue reading

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The new, highest order of complexity in the MHC

This paper explores level 15 in the Model of Hierarchical Complexity, the meta-cross-paradigmatic. Or as Ross calls it, the performative-recursive. They list as one example of the new order string theory, which coordinates quantum mechanics with the theory of relativity. … Continue reading

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Regressives can’t win so they’re trying to cheat, again

We saw how regressives tried to cheat in the last election by trying to limit the vote with various measures, from reducing early voting to taking people off the roles. They understand perfectly well that demographics in the US are … Continue reading

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