Sunday, April 29, 2012

Back and forth …

… Who's in charge – you or your brain? | Science | The Observer. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The substrate of what we call reality appears to be made up of constellations of electrical impulses. Most of what seems to be solid matter is in fact empty space. Somehow we perceive certain of these constellations — the one that I happen to be, for instance, sitting here typing these words — was what we call a body. The brain can't be the origin of this perception, if only because it is part of what is perceived thereby. More and more I tend to think there is reason to resume thinking about things hylomorphically, in terms of prime matter and substantial form. It might help us make better sense of quanta.
Consider this: Is it my brain  that makes me think of my brain.  Is it tricking me to think that way? Anyone who has slept around a bit knows of the dissociation between himself and his member. Maybe these scientists should get out more.

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