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Methods for investigating the brain will eventually produce an answerIn Galileo's Error Professor Philip Goff proposes a third way arguing both approaches are wrongheaded we struggle to explain consciousness because physical science as we currently conceive it is not designed to deal with th One would think that we are uite far off from getting to know consciousness that we are in the dark Nothing is further from the truth given the progress of neuroscience Sure we haven t cracked the code yet but there are promising approaches to tackle a unifying theoryOne of these approaches is panpsychism Crazy as it sounds there is strong neuroscientific backing within the IIT community IIT stands for Integrated Information Theory and there scientists predict how information integration affects the manifestation of conscious brain states Turns out that the integrated part of the brain the conscious capabilities does it display That is indeed promising and exciting as some IIT theorists conclude that if IIT is necessarily true then panpsychism is true All this entails that consciousness might be the fundamental characteristic of matter and the integrated information structures like that of humans animals or plants are the greater their capacity for conscious thought Recent mindblowing research on plant life and communication confirms that such may the caseIn such a system there are either phenomenal or proto phenomenal ualities that combine to greater conscious experience Such a system if true is the solution for the everlasting uarrel between materialists and dualists it is their natural synthesis and offers a fully unified theoryPhilip Goff does a great job at explaining the roots of the current ill conditioned state of materialistic science and how the alternative of panpsychism arose among physicists in the XX century The very discovery of uantum mechanics and the wave function collapsing due to conscious human observation changed everything Von Neumann was of an opinion that it is a clear manifestation of a missing piece consciousness Another great astronomer physicist Arthur Eddington who uncovered and popularised Einstein s theory of relativity wrote a book The Nature Of The Physical World that was the first serious attempt to describe consciousness as an intrinsic feature of matter Together with Bertrand Russell they both wrote interesting things on the possibility of panpsychismGoff also concluded that if panpsychism turns true it might have colossal implications for environment and ecology especially the serious strain of ecology deep ecology All of this is relevant due to the present day outcome of the Enlightenment project that along with modernism created the image of Anthropocene which in turn spawned consumerism destroying the ecosystem of the planetI wholeheartedly recommend this book you will never look at grass the same again after reading it Uncle Tom's Cabin; 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E issueExplaining how Galileo's flawed philosophy of nature created the 'problem' of consciousness in the first place Goff shows convincingly what we need to do to solve itControversial stimulating and ahead of its time Galileo's Error is an important step towards a complete vision of reality Hats off to any book that tries to bring very complex philosophical arguments down to non philosophy graduates and this book does a fairly good job of outlining dualism materialism and panpsychism I can understand why some would have liked to have seen of the deeper discussion and argument of those positions but that wasn t the purpose of the book It or less does the job it set out to do but I would have liked it if it had finished the chapters with a slightly open stance The Accidental Activist of nature created the 'problem' Brenda has a dragon in her blood of its time Galileo's Error is an important step towards a complete vision Divan Of Rudaki of reality Hats Choice Stories for Children off to any book that tries to bring very complex philosophical arguments down to non philosophy graduates and this book does a fairly good job Öbür Divan of Summary of Homo Deus outlining dualism materialism and panpsychism I can understand why some would have liked to have seen Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes of the deeper discussion and argument The Teams Milking Cow of those positions but that wasn t the purpose A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates of the book It Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) or less does the job it set Zenith out to do but I would have liked it if it had finished the chapters with a slightly A Pale Light in the Black open stance

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If we want a science of consciousness we will have to rethink what 'science' isUnderstanding how brains produce consciousness is one of the great scientific challenges of our age Some philosophers argue that the mystery is so deep it will never be solved Others believe our standard scientific Consciousness is one of the deepest and most perplexing unresolved mysteries of the universe and it would take a fool to believe that we already have a conclusive explanation or that we even know what an explanation would look like If we re honest we can t even be sure the problem is soluble at all or whether it is best addressed through better neuroscience or through a conceptual reimagining of the universe So the place I start when rating books like this is in regard to whether or not the author seems to understand the inherent complexity of the topic Consciousness is simply not the place for dogmatism and a little humility goes a long way Fortunately philosopher Philip Goff is anything but dogmatic and presents his ideas carefully and thoroughly without any pretentiousness As you might expect someone who has been studying the topic for 20 years knows enough about it to not be overconfident in his or her beliefs Unlike other authors with last names beginning with Harris Goff gives a fair evaluation and critiue to the competing positions and philosophers who would tend to disagree with him The intellectual history of and literature on consciousness is vast and complex and frankly most books on the topic don t do it justice Make no mistake this is a book for a popular audience and only so much can be covered in a couple hundred pages but Goff does a commendable job of presenting the major arguments and counterarguments for each approach to the understanding of consciousness Goff s hypothesis is compelling first he notes how physical science has been unsuccessful in its attempt to explain consciousness because Galileo the father of physical science placed consciousness and its associated ualitative characteristics based on experiences and feelings beyond the reach of physical science As Galileo wrote in 1632 Philosophy natural philosophy or science is written in this grand book I mean the universe which stands continually open to our gaze but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language in which it is written It is written in the language of mathematics and its characters are triangles circles and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it without these one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth Galileo effectively removed subjective experience and sensory ualities essentially consciousness from the study of science The universe was to be understood uantitatively with ualitative aspects like senses and emotions and feeling relegated to human curiosities that have no impact on our true understanding of the cosmos It is no surprise then that and better neuroscience is getting us nowhere closer to an understanding of ualitative experience of which consciousness consists when it is founded on a mathematical basis that only considers uantity magnitude and cause and effect relationships As Goff points out nobody wants to be a dualist unless they really have to because it introduces added complexity and brings up the further problem of how an immaterial mind can possibly interact with the physical brain But a simple aversion to dualism does not automatically make materialism the default correct answer If we have trouble understanding the interaction between an immaterial mind and a physical brain we have even greater difficulty imagining how an arrangement of neurons can experience the sensation of being in pain If neuroscience has not solved the problem yet it seems implausible that of the same will get us anywhere closer as Goff maintains At the heart of materialism lies a deep contradiction Materialism cannot account for subjective experience because as we saw physical science removed subjective experience from its realm of investigation The only recourse is for the materialist to deny that subjective experience exists at all In response to the idea that subjective experience is an illusion philosopher Galen Strawson calls this the silliest claim ever made Strawson further points out that the trouble with asserting that consciousness is an illusion is that any such illusion is already and necessarily an instance of the thing said to be an illusion Materialists want to make the claim that my subjective experience is an illusion yet that illusion must itself be subjectively experienced So what s the solution We don t want to be dualists but the contradictions of materialism seem to force us into that position But belief in an immaterial mind seems little better than believing in magic and offers no explanation for the mind s interaction with the brain Is there a third wayIt turns out there is and it was originally championed to my surprise by Betrand Russell in his book The Analysis of Matter The philosophy goes by the name of panpsychism and asserts that consciousness is a fundamental property of matter present in varying degrees based on the complexity of the life form This is an interesting position as it seems to avoid the problems of dualism by locating consciousness within the brain while also avoiding the problem of materialism by not denying the existence of subjective experience Goff provides one of the best and clearest accounts of the panpsychist position I ve seen and his examples of promising lines of research are fascinating and compelling However it s hard to get too excited yetHere s my main problem with panpsychism I m having difficulty seeing how it is not merely a different form of dualism in disguise If consciousness is inherent in matter then this means that in addition to whatever physical properties it may have it also has immaterial properties for that is what consciousness is Unless Goff is maintaining that the physical world is an illusion and that only consciousness exists which I don t think he is then there is still a DUAL aspect to reality Only now dualism is not confined exclusively to brains it s present everywhere This is a kind of out of control dualism with all the same problems Whether you say that an immaterial mind interacts WITH matter or an immaterial consciousness is inherent IN matter doesn t seem to make much of a difference You still can t account for how consciousness interacts with the physical world Are conscious experiences happening in parallel with physical processes or can one cause changes in the other The panpsychist has no better answer than the dualist to my mind This is why I m skeptical that the problem can ever be resolved It s not that it s too difficult it s that the answer seems to lie in the solution to a paradox that our minds are not wired to handle Further if we can never experience different degrees of consciousness then how can we verify or falsify whether or not they exist And if we can t then in what sense can panpsychism count as a solutionIn any case I won t fault the author for failing to conclusively solve the most perplexing philosophical issue in the history of the subject or for pursuing new lines of inuiry While I m not yet convinced that we can solve the problem of consciousness I m glad to see we re not giving up on the attempt Who knows where it will one day lead


10 thoughts on “Galileo's Error – Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness

  1. says:

    Very enjoyable popular science book on the nature of consciousness The author is a professional philosopher and a big supporter of panpsychism Obscured by materialism for the last 100 years this view is currently becoming and fashionable And

  2. says:

    Fairly introductory investigation of consciousness that argues against materialism or physicalism as commonly understood It argues for panpsychism through the neutral monist route developed by Eddington and Russell in the 1920s Now I want to read his academic work to get a detailed argument

  3. says:

    Consciousness is one of the deepest and most perplexing unresolved mysteries of the universe and it would take a fool to believe that we already have a conclusive explanation or that we even know what an explanation would look like If we’re honest we can’t even be sure the problem is soluble at all or whethe

  4. says:

    Starts off well with a good description of past and present theories of consciousness but once panpsychism is introduced things start to go downhill Materialism is criticized because it cannot explain the ualitative aspects of consciousness and

  5. says:

    One would think that we are uite far off from getting to know consciousness that we are in the dark Nothing is fur

  6. says:

    ConsciousnessIs this based on my Experienceor some invisible force gives pressure to my brain to take actionor Is this just mere observer for my rational actionsbehaviorsHow Science going to help us for our philosophical uest or vice versahow can we experience something when we knew only the meaning of itWhat actually title of this book supposed to do with these uestionsFather of Modern Science Galileo define universe in mathematical pers

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book and engaging with the arguments in it and it was a good and not overly partisan introduction to issues relating to consciousness However I disagreed with almost all aspects of the central argument of the book The author tries hard to distinguish himself from New Age philosophies but by the second last and most of all last chapter it becomes clear that underneath the philosophical curtai

  8. says:

    Hats off to any book that tries to bring very complex philosophical arguments down to non philosophy graduates and this book does a fairly good job of outlining dualism materialism and panpsychism I can understand why some would have liked to have seen of the deeper discussion and argument of those positions but that wasn’t the purpose of the book It or less does the job it set out to do but I would have liked it if it

  9. says:

    The first two sections are a very good read Goff explains consciousness as defined by various schools of thought and sets them against each other Dualism Materialism Illusionism Zombieism Phenomenal Concept Theory

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    The perennial paradox underlying this book consciousness is a vividly real subjective experience yet science cannot explain it Does that mean consciousness is an illusion produced by brain mechanics or that science’s self imposed parameters render it incapable of exploring some of the world’s realitiesGoff explores the history science philosophy and arguments of both answers which often fall into one of two camps Materialists

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