PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 3
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

What is consciousness?

13 July 2012, 13:00
WHAT  IS  CONSCIOUSNESS

I believe that human consciousness is a conjuring trick, designed to fool us into thinking that we are in the presence of an inexplicable mystery. Who is the conjuror, and what can be the point of such deception? The conjuror is the human mind itself evolved by natural selection, and the point has been to bolster human self-confidence and human self-importance - so as to increase the value we each place on our own and other’s lives.   If this is right, it provides a simple explanation  for why we, as scientists or laymen, find the hard problem of consciousness just so hard. Natural selection has meant it to be hard.  Indeed mysterian philosophers, from Colin Mc Ginn to the late ,Pope John Paul II, who would bow down to the apparent miracle and declare that it is impossible in principle to understand how consciousness could arise in a material brain, are corresponding exactly as natural selection hoped they would. - with shock and awe.

    Can I prove it? It’s difficult to prove any adaptationist account of why humans experience things the way they do.  And in this case there may be an added catch. For just to the extent that natural selection has succeeded in putting consciousness just beyond the reach of rational explanation, it will have undermined the very possibility of showing that this is what it has done.     Nevertheless there may be a loophole by which science could still enter. While it might seem-and-even be impossible to explain how a brain process could actually have the quality of consciousness, it might not be at all impossible to explain how a brain process could be designed to give rise to the impression of having this quality. Consider: We could never explain why  2 + 2 = 5, But we might relatively easily be able to explain why someone should be under the illusion that 2 + 2 = 5.

    Would I want to explain consciousness this way, if I could?  That’s a difficult one. If the illusion that consciousness is an inexplicable mystery is a source of human hope,  I suppose there is a real danger that exposing the trick might send us all to hell;.
Acknowledgements:   NICHOLAS HUMPHREYTheoretical psychologistSchool professor - London School of EconomicsConsciousness regained,  A history of the mind, The mind made flesh.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky637
IEC chair appointed

The Appointment of the Chairperson to the Independent Electoral Commission. Read more...

1 comments 143 views
Submitted by
Anil Sumaraj
What Opposition, Government Must ...

An incompetent government should not try to pull the wool over our eyes. Read more...

1 comments 151 views
Submitted by
SkerP
In reply to Max du Preez

Hey Max, howya doin'? Let me start right up front - I agree with you, South Africa is NOT a failed state. I was in Zimbabwe a couple of weeks ago, and I have seen what a failed state looks like, first-hand, and it's not us. Read more...

17 comments 2721 views
Submitted by
Fadi Elhusseini
The Charlie Effect: What's next?

Are we witnessing a harbinger of a religious war? Is it the beginning of a new violent era that may not spare any nation? What is that radicalism wants to achieve by committing such acts? Why is this happening? And is there a solution? Read more...

6 comments 202 views
Submitted by
Hlengiwe Binda Ntimba
Random thoughts about my situatio...

When we finish school we are expected to get a job. And what getting a job seems to mean is joining another institution.  Read more...

0 comments 374 views
Submitted by
Christian Thinker
Hell. Atheism's worst Excuse.

Are you one if those that reject Christianity because of the doctrine of hell? Read more...

67 comments 839 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.