Video: Russellian Monism

21 Apr

Last week I posted a video outlined one way of understanding the problem of consciousness. Now here’s the solution.

5 Responses to “Video: Russellian Monism”

  1. Adrian May 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    Well, even if we could make consciousness the intrinsic aspect of matter, this type of consciousness would be too lifeless and mechanical… consciousness as we know it is spontaneous, arbitrary and autonomous, it is nothing like the inanimate matter. To explain what we see we must find an even deeper ontological division between mind and matter.

    I have developed a theory along the lines of Neutral Monism or rather Buddhist Monism… and because it seems to solve many challenging philosophical problems I was compelled to title it “The Psychophysical Principles of Consciousness.” The results are somewhat unusual … please take a look whenever you have some time to spare, I’m interested in a professional opinion.

    • conscienceandconsciousness May 15, 2017 at 8:33 am #

      Looks interesting. But why should we suppose the consciousness of basic matter is lifeless and mechanical?

      • Adrian May 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

        It is logical to assume that the intrinsic nature of matter would be complementary to its relational nature… it cannot be some distinctive ontological category. Consciousness on the other side features the arbitrary and unilateral nature of qualia for example or the autonomy of free agency, the independence of the conscious self etc… I think such attributes cannot be reconciled in any way with the linear [mechanical and lifeless] features of physical stuff, after all matter as described by physics never shows “a mind of its own.”

        In my interpretation the intrinsic aspect of matter is entirely objective and consists of potential information [nothing to do with consciousness].

  2. lorenzo sleakes May 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    I think to a certain extent matter as understood in physics today does show a mind of its own. Individual actions by individual particles are dynamic and somewhat unpredictable at the level of specific quantum events. Only the large scale behavior or great numbers of particles shows the emergence of very predictable patterns or organization.

    • Adrian May 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

      In my opinion quantum randomness is a fully objective feature of the natural world, as far as consciousness is concerned, physical non-determinism only provides the interval of freedom where an objective event like a neural spike can be made to correlate with a subjective impulse, like my desire to move a finger.

      In my paper I am trying to make free will fundamental to consciousness… The “extraordinary” or non-natural features of consciousness would follow from the fact that subjectivity is self-generated and self-propagated, this is why it is not easy to integrate consciousness into a fully physical explanatory framework.

      Basically, the Jungian Superego is creating and permanently refreshing the self-awareness and the entire content of our consciousness: sensations, perceptions, imagination, thought etc. and it does so according with its own arbitrary will power. I might be wrong but everything seems to check out…

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