… Materialism alone cannot explain the riddle of consciousness | Aeon Essays. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
It’s been more than 20 years since the Australian philosopher David Chalmers introduced the idea of a ‘hard problem of consciousness’. Following work by the American philosopher Thomas Nagel, Chalmers pointed to the vividness – the intrinsic presence – of the perceiving subject’s experience as a problem no explanatory account of consciousness seems capable of embracing.
Which brings to mind (as it were) Ronald Knox's question: “Can anything matter, unless there is Somebody who minds?”