Special Issue of ‘Journal of Consciousness Studies’ on ‘Galileo’s Error’

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I’m delighted to announce that there will be a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies on my book Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, which will be edited by Alex Moran (Oxford University) and myself. The issue will feature short papers (4-6,000 words) on the themes of the book, contributed by leading physicists, neuroscientists, theologians and philosophers, as well as a response piece by me commenting on each of the papers. Publication will probably be in October 2021. Current contributors are:

Carlo Rovelli, Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy of Aix-Marseille University

Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Christof Koch, Allen Institute

Joanna Leidenhag, St. Andrews

Sara Lane Ritchie, University of Edinburgh

Annika Harris, New York Times bestselling author of CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

Chris Fields, Independent researcher

Alyssa Ney, University of California

Michelle Lui, University of Hertfordshire

Alex Moran, University of Oxford

We have a few other scientists and philosophers tentatively on board time allowing, who I’ll hopefully confirm in due course. Very excited about what looks like it’s going to be a really great, interdisciplinary volume on consciousness!

The Author

I am a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University, UK. My research focuses on how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview.


  1. Kevin Pryor says

    Homuncular particles can can serve as homunculus to all sorts of bodies and it is only necessary that the particle feels like it is a certain body, not that the particle changes shape. The particle has a minimalist design of a energy/information reserve and a high speed photonic input/output system regardless of whether it is serving as homunculus for a 4 legged creature, a bird, or us.

    A homuncular particle has a much higher De Broglie frequency by mc2/h than typical particles and quantum mechanics gradually transitions to libertarian free will at higher frequencies and therefore energy.

    The high energy particle also acts like a CPU that converts the electromagnetic homuncular code to qualia and vice versa. It inherited this capability from its universal parent, the conscious universe.

  2. Kevin Pryor says

    The brain would need to send/receive a lot of information to/from the particle homunculus from all parts of the brain all at once — the only way that can be accomplished is by using coded streams of photons using microtubules or other molecules as antennas. The particle can decode these coded streams of photons because it inherited the decoding ability from its universal parent, the conscious universe. The particle can also send out coded streams of photons to the brain for free will voluntary actions and decisions.

      • Fedor Steeman says

        The advantage is that it’s a popular joint platform where it’s more easier to promote your posts and connect with others. The other advantage is that it can be an extra source of revenue, if you join their partner program. It’s sort of comparable to YouTube, where content creators can see their work promoted by the algorithm based on popular interest and relevance. With an insular blog on the internet, you’re just at the mercy of the general Google search algorithm. A platform like YouTube or Medium.com has a vested interest in amplifying popular ideas, because that’s what their revenue is based on.

        BTW I loved your book “Galileo’s Error” and it has inspired me to start binge-reading a bunch of philosophy in an attempt to reconcile my understanding of evolutionary biology with my acknowledgement of the reality of conscious experience. Keep at it!

      • Thanks, I think I’ll do that, as soon as I get round to it. And thanks so much for the kind words, great you got something out of the book!

  3. Ryan Clark says

    Can’t wait! Congratulations on your work being the primary focus of an entire issue of a prestigious scientific/philosophical journal.

    If you see this post, I was wondering about the availability of the Journal of Consciousness Studies to a lay audience. I’m worried it will sell out before I can get a copy, and then only be available from third-party sellers at very high prices. I’ve seen some back issues on Amazon going for about $180!

    Do you know if single issues can be pre-ordered? Don’t want to miss this one!

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