Reflection 231: In Progress . . .

February 15, 2012

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Consciousness is memory come to life. It resides neither in the brain nor the world but in the interface between the two. Neurochemicals passing across synapses built-up through experience enable the past to map itself on the instant as if it were more of the same—until we realize that it’s not.

My bet is that all those neuroscientists questing after the neural correlates of consciousness are on a wild goose chase because consciousness itself is distributed throughout the unique network of billions of neurons each of us builds from personal experience. Consciousness lives where memories live, and there is no one locus in the brain it calls home.

Anyway, writing CONSCIOUSNESS: The BOOK has taken me to a new level of appreciation for consciousness as each of knows and loves it. It is an electrochemical process involving our bodies, brains, culture, and physical surroundings, itself residing in the ongoing interaction between all of its parts. Monists and dualists are wide of the mark. Ya gotta be there in your first-person experience to meet consciousness face-to-face. Introspection is nothing less than giving yourself to consciousness to see what you’ll find. You’ll never find it through fMRIs and physical studies.

Consciousness is the casting of shadows from yesterday on the forms of today, rendering the now in terms of the recognizable past.

Stay tuned to this blog for further bulletins.

[Sorry I’ve been away for so long. I’ve been too busy chasing consciousness flitting through my mind to post regular updates. From now on I’ll try to be good.]

Thanks for visiting. As ever, –Steve

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