That’s why the case of booze and all the invitations to reporters and photographer?
Seriously, its a road show, the intellectual theater for the educated, and it has a long and distinguished history. And as with any show, sensation sells better than regular down to Earth stuff.
So long as philosophers can’t upfront recognize and absorb the fact that our minds are the direct product of our body/brain, which in turn are the direct product of Earth’s evolution, with all it’s magnificent implications,
they’re spinning their wheels.
… Copernican revolution, it’s a complete reversal of the Platonic model,
so the idea is I’m not discovering the patterns of intelligibility
that structurally functionally organized the world.
What’s actually happening
is this pattern is being imposed on the information coming in
so that it will fit my mind and make sense to my mind,
and that’s the basis of my capacity
For reasoning about the world,
I can reason about the world not because the world is ultimately rationally structured,
but like Arkham said the world is absurd in itself,
I can reason about the world
because I have filtered it in such a way that my mind can process it according to its own internal grammar so see how this is this is why
( Ep. 23 - Awakening from the Meaning Crisis - Romanticism)
We are evolved sensing thinking creatures,
Or minds and bodies are not separate entities!!!
Our body/brain produces minds,
and our body has billions of years worth of memories embedded within it.
Nothing can make sense without soaking in those simple realities.
Our senses perceive, what they need to, to survive.
Our body/brain processes those senses,
and our minds construct the best impression they can,
with what they have to work with.
Our Mind IS produced by our body & brain interacting with the world and itself.
Consciousness is a fleeting interaction, constantly refreshing itself.
So many of those trite questions and quandaries that I hear philosophers endlessly rehashing, are resolved by this realistic biology/evolution respecting lens of awareness. So why is it still ignored pretty much across the board?
For me, listening to these lectures and other philosophers, the cognitive dissonance is head pounding. *
Yet, out there, it’s endlessly danced around, sort of like how folks managed to deny the CO2 - AGW - societal expectation, connection with such alacrity all these decades.
And if I say ‘blindly self-absorbed and self-certain’, I’m the bad guy, the nasty one, but they’re saying stuff that simply has no consilience with what we know about real life, on this real Earth. It’s mind games. Supercharged mind games, but mind games nonetheless.
“*” Fortunately when I read books like these, so much resonates with my outlook, that I’m reassured.
By: Mark Solms
Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of the Subjective Experience (2002)
The Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness (2021)
Lectures available on YouTube: “The Source of Consciousness” & “Consciousness and the Mind Body Connection”
By: Antonio Damasio
Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain (2010)
By: Nick Lane
Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World (2002)
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (2009)
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life (2015)
Transformer: The Deep Chemistry of Life and Death (2022)
By: Robert M. Hazen,
Origins of Life (2005) (Great Courses)
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet (2012)
Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything (2019)
By: Neil Shubin
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008)
The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People (2013)
By: David Quammen
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (2018)
(Featuring, Carl Woese, Lynn Margulis, Tsutomu Wantanabe, et.al.)
By Sean B. Carroll
The Story of Life : Great Discoveries in Biology (2019)
A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You (2020)
By: Peter Godfrey-Smith
Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind (2020)
By: Ed Yong
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us (2022)
By: Joseph LeDoux
The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains (2019)
By: David Sloan Wilson
This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution (2019)
Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives (2007)
By: Jim Al-Khalili
The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (2011)
By: James Poskett
Horizons: The Global Origins of Modern Science (2022)
A new discovery for me, astounding stuff, will take a while to absorb, still these are worth recommending:
SubAnima - Created by Jake Brown - YouTube
The Forgotten Piece Of Evolutionary Theory (and why we need it back)
Natural Selection Is Kinda Overhyped
The Problem With Richard Dawkins
How NOT To Think About Cells
Organisms Are Not Made Of Atoms, …
Why is it so difficult to connect the dots?