“Consciousness” (SB 3.26.3)

Alachua - 1997 / (036)

Reductionist thinkers tend to experience “consciousness" as a persistent enigma. Thompson presents an overview of a variety of historical arguments that consider subtle, yet philosophically complex, issues addressing the question of “what is life.” In a discussion ranging from Turing machines and Big Blue computers, to near death experiences and yogic trance, Thompson proposes that the “self” emerges as an irreducible feature, difficult to explain with a simplistic reductionist analysis.