TED, or Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a global set of conferences owned by the non-profit Sapling Foundation that promotes the slogan ‘Ideas worth spreading’ but not if it contradicts its pre-conceived ‘ideas’ or challenges mainstream thought- read science- it seems, in which case the presentations copies on its website- TEDx YouTube are removed, and this is not the first time its happened either.
Journalist and author, Graham Hancock and his presentation titled ‘The War on Consciousness’ is the latest casualty in this regard. In his presentation he starts off by stating that consciousness is perhaps the greatest mystery of science and that no one can claim to understand and explain it completely. He maintains it’s associated with the brain in some way but that association is unclear, or the ‘hard problem of consciousness’ as it’s been dubbed by Prof David Chalmers of the Australian National University. Although many scientists are philosophically inclined to believe that all phenomena can be reduced to material interactions, deny any problem exists. The consciousness in other words is derived from and is part of matter. Or put another way, it is a secondary phenomenon of brain activity much like the way a generator produces electricity.
Yet other scientists are starting to be more willing to consider a different analogy he claims, ‘that the relationship of consciousness to the brain may be less like the relationship of the generator to the electricity it produces and more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set'.
So by extension when the TV set is destroyed the signal still continues. He goes on to say that nothing in the present state of knowledge of neuroscience rules this revolutionary possibility out.
It’s true though if you damage certain areas of the brain, certain areas of consciousness are compromised, but this does not prove that those areas of the brain generate the relevant areas of consciousness. Back to the TV analogy, if certain areas of the set were damaged, the picture would deteriorate or vanish but the TV signal would remain intact.
He adds that mainstream current thing in respect of consciousness is a deduction from incomplete data and categorically NOT yet an established and irrefutable fact. New discoveries may force materialist scientists to rescind this theory in favour of something more like the TV analogy,
in which the brain is understood as a transceiver rather than a generator and in which consciousness is recognised as non-local in nature, perhaps as one of the basic driving forces of the universe.
He then says that at this point the academic issue becomes political as current society idealises and is monopolistically focused on only one state of consciousness the alert, problem-solving state,
that makes us efficient producers and consumers of material goods and services, while at the same time society seeks to police and control a wide range of other altered states of consciousness on the basis of the unproven proposition that consciousness is generated by the brain.
The journalist and author refers to the war on drugs in the above sentence and the prohibition of illegal substances which produce altered states of consciousness whilst allowing ‘legal substances’ which have no such affect. The intention is not to argue this point so I will end his presentation here.
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The gist of his comments relating to consciousness remains however, although I will add a couple of my own observations to the argument.
He mentions the mainstream view of the consciousness as a vehicle for control- this can be applied to other areas as well,-such as brain –washing or mind control to manipulate populations and remove individuality and reinforce conformity and also attempt to nullify spiritual awareness in keeping with a materialistic world- view.
Like to end with an anonymous paraphrased quote: It seems that the greatest fear is if we were to wake up and realise that we are more than just a brain in a body. If we knew we were conscious souls, our world would be a different place. With recent areas of research in what you can call ‘new-science’ modern science is gripping for dear life to maintain its ‘everything is unconscious matter’ belief.