The Reality Report: Episode 38

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Episode 38

The fifth of several episodes in which Juliet and I ramble conversationally around a mind map I made. The six topics we randomly selected (not all covered in this episode) were "'solar' v. 'lunar' consciousness", "animal communication", "the Mayan calendar", "singularitarianism", "faster-than-light communication", "the Uncertainty Principle". A seventh, "rogue", topic was "'scientism' and materialism".

Continuing to look at Julian Jaynes' theory on the origins of consciousness in the communication between brain hemispheres, then moving on to animal consciousness and the usefulness of fluid dynamics metaphors (in particular, individual identity as a kind of "eddy"). We begin to discuss materialism (both its philosophical and economic variants).

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