Science and Nescience

VIHE Seminar Introduction: Gita Nagari, PA – 1990 / (504)

In the first two lectures of this seminar, Thompson reviews questions involving the brain and the conscious self. He considers four points in particular: 1) qualia and the subjective properties of experience, 2) attempts to explain consciousness within a reductionist framework, 3) Cartesian analyses of the dualistic interaction between a non-physical mind and the physical body, and 4) empirical evidence that appears to challenge orthodox scientific explanations. He introduces the Sankhya philosophy of India, along with concepts specific to Gaudiya Vaisnavism such as acintya-bhedabheda-tattva, to offer fresh perspectives.