Interesting article in the NY Times this past week… about science, zombies, and consciousness, written by a philosophy professor at Notre Dame university.
It’s more a philosophical essay than a scientific analysis, but it explains the dilemma involved in trying to fit mind and spirit into the modern scientific model.
The essay, like science, looks at consciousness from the eyes of an objective outside observer… which could present an obstacle to understanding the mind.
I think we can get a much clearer understanding of consciousness through more subjective, more personal experiences such as meditation.
The more we learn through inner exploration, the more we move toward the Eastern philosophy (and I’m talking way east of Notre Dame) that what really exists within consciousness (what people like me call “spirit” or “soul”) is the true reality… and that the material reality that we experience through the five physical senses here on Earth is the illusion, the “maya.”
Modern science, then, becomes little more than a concerted effort to measure maya… and to spin modern-day epicycles while trying to fit the grander picture of consciousness (spirit) into the constrained Newtonian model.
Hope that make sense!
Other articles about science and the human spirit:
The material mind skews logic to explain consciousness — Science and NDEs — More modern-day epicycles — Foreign-accent syndrome — Measuring maya — Asteroids pummeled Earth for 2 billion years — Exoplanets and the prospect we’re not alone! — Mysteries of Eden — Combat killing and the human spirit — Noxious capitalism and the human spirit — Aurora theater tragedy — News in perspective — Pfrankenstein’s monster: big pharma — Preventing that pesky apocalyse — A life and afterlife debate — Updating the Therapists’ DSM Bible