Galileo’s Error: A Manifesto for a New Science of Consciousness

17 Apr

I’m pleased to announce that I now have publishing contracts in US and UK for my new book ‘Galileo’s Error: A Manifesto for a New Science of Consciousness’. The book will be highly accessible and will explore the problem of consciousness and why a growing number of philosophers and neuroscientists are coming to see panpsychism as the best hope for a solution. It will be published in Autumn 2019 by Pantheon in US and Rider in UK. All I gotta do now is write it…

5 Responses to “Galileo’s Error: A Manifesto for a New Science of Consciousness”

  1. Lee Roetcisoender April 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

    Philip,

    Congratulations on your new book, and yes, I do concur that panpsychism is the only hope of explaining consciousness, but that explanation does not lie with the model of cosmo-panpsychism. The correct model would be micro-panpsychism. Fundamentally, the combination problem is not an obstacle for micro-panpsychism. The fundamental obstacle for any explanation of consciousness is the meta-problem of consciousness, which is the genetic defect in the underlying form of reasoning and rationality. Unless or until one is willing to address the genetic defect first, the mystery of consciousness will “never” be solved, it will forever remain a mystery.

  2. Lee Roetcisoender April 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Forgive me, I should have qualified my previous statement. I have developed a model of consciousness grounded in micro-panpsychism, and that model makes a bold prediction that there is genetic defect in reasoning and rationality. It is a primordial, fundamental property of consciousness itself, and that property is exacerbated in the zenith of consciousness known as human experience where reasoning itself becomes a property of consciousness.

    Thanks…

  3. Matthew T. Segall April 17, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

    Great news! I look forward to reading this book. I wonder if you are familiar with Whitehead’s arguments against the “bifurcation of nature,” first articulated in “The Concept of Nature” (1920) and further unpacked in “Science in the Modern World” (1925) before being finally replaced with his own systematic form of process-relational panpsychism in “Process and Reality” (1929). He specifically targets Galileo as the primary source of this bifurcation. Dieter Debaise does a good job summarizing all this in his recent book “Nature as Event” (https://www.dukeupress.edu/nature-as-event). I also discuss it in my book “Physics of the World-Soul” (PDF: https://footnotes2plato.com/2016/06/26/physics-of-the-world-soul-whitehead-and-cosmology-2nd-edition/ )

  4. carlos April 21, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    “panpsychism ad the best for a solution” — solution to what?

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