July 15, 2008

Consciousness, Qualia, Power and Self

It is our mission to create blog posts that are both research oriented and provide accessible information on the way to more integral kinds of thinking and doing. And central to any comprehensive (integrative) inquiry are questions about consciousness and selfhood. The following three videos address some of the most fundamental issues in the science, philosophy and exploration of human consciousness:
First up is Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, discusses consciousness, qualia, and self:

Then, an interview with David Chalmers discussing his theory of consciousness, the hard problem, and the explanatory gap:



Finally, this is part two of a BBC documentary called The Century of Self. This part is called 'Engineering Consent', and it tells the tale of how power elites used psychoanalytic theories to try and control human populations in an age of mass democracy and global capitalism:



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2 comments:

Ev said...

Why dont they read Wilber and get a head start!

. said...

who are "they", and how would Wilber give them a head start?

i always thought it better to have read and learned about a variety of disciplines BEFORE reading Wilber, because you don't want Ken's reading on a particular topic to over-determine, over-influence your own...

AQAL is an organizing model not a 'positive' theory explaining all phenomena, imo...

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