Friday, January 17, 2020

"Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness": what makes "me"?

Scientific American (Gareth Cook) interviews author Philip Goff, of “Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness” (Penguin).  A Facebook friend posted this yesterday. 
The book argues for panpsychism, and that even the smallest entities in the universe have “experience”.

I think an example would be when you have a muscle twitch.  You want to look at it.  The muscle has a will of its own, which produces an urge.  The instinct for sexual intercourse may be like this, but in man the cerebral cortex is supposed to control and contain these impulses.  The instinct is much weaker in some men than in others even in men totally biologically typical in all other ways, and that may explain how homosexuality can happen in humans.

Another example would be when one’s concept of self changes because one is part of a group (like in military training, or a cult) or in some situation that challenges the previous idea of self. 
Do individual bees in a hive have there own POV consciousness, or does the hive itself own awareness, or does this move back and forth. How does this idea work for a slime mold?

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