Browsing All posts tagged under »consciousness«

The Transporter Problem

October 1, 2017


There’s no assurance that by copying every last thing in your brain, you’re going to wake up and say, ‘Here I am!’ You wouldn’t wake up inside the computer — you’d just be dead. — Michael Shermer The Star Trek transporter doesn’t move you around; it kills you and replaces you with a perfect copy. […]

The Scientists’ Superstition

June 25, 2015


Mind and matter alike, I should say, are only convenient symbols in discourse, not actually existing things. — Bertrand Russell (Let’s take a jump down the rabbit hole. I promise I’ll have you back on the surface in just a few minutes. Until then, enjoy a short intellectual adventure.) Years ago, a magazine printed a […]

Science, Philosophy, and Woo-Woo — Part 2

March 13, 2014


There’s no theology in science! There can’t be. Science is about finding the truth as it is, not as we wish it to be. Science is not about faith; it’s about facts. It’s the most powerful, objective, clear-headed means of discerning the facts that humans have yet invented.  Scientists are rightly proud of their achievements, […]

Don’t Read This — It’s Too Weird

April 6, 2011


“No one knows they’re not dreaming. Not one of us. Not ever. Not for one single moment of our lives.” — Steven Moffat Well, okay, you can read this if you’ve wondered about the mysteries of reality and have been puzzled by how consciousness can exist in a physical universe. Otherwise, skip to the next […]