Am I Conscious Now (Dr. Susan Blackmore)

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Am I Conscious Now (Dr. Susan Blackmore)

Postby Karen » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:37 pm

(thank you to rom, who posted this somewhere on the forum)

Am I conscious now ?

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Ten Zen Questions

http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/Books/Tenzen/question1.htm
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Re: Am I Conscious Now (Dr. Susan Blackmore)

Postby romansh » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:47 pm

Another idea from blackmore

temes

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Re: Am I Conscious Now (Dr. Susan Blackmore)

Postby whateverist » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:55 am

Genes, memes and then temes. This must be a very appealing idea if you wish to make sense of a world without free will. It isn't about the individuals. Individuals become the media by which higher order processes are expressed. For a someone already estranged from their experience by language, this must come as a revelation.

I think language has tremendous potential to alienate people from their true nature. In a zen way, it is best if at our center we are wordless. Language is a powerful tool but it can reduce us to meme machines if we aren't mindful. We have the capacity to realize much directly but once there is language we tend to stop at the symbol. I don't see the acquisition of language as a pure evolutionary advance. There is a danger of losing something more important.
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