Category: The Mind

03/12/13

Permalink 11:30:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1464 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

How is Knowledge of Qualia Possible?

This post continues the series on consciousness and qualia. In an earlier post I concluded that the experience of phenomenal consciousness includes qualia, which are not reducible to anything physical/material. In my last post I gave a partial solutio… more »
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02/19/13

Permalink 11:38:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1960 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

Phenomenal Consciousness and the Cause of Qualia

In my previous post I wrote about consciousness, specifically the beliefs that people commonly have about consciousness and my own personal findings that I have come to through introspection and reflection. I concluded that my experience of seeing, hea… more »
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01/23/13

Permalink 11:29:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1081 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

Consciousness: Common Beliefs and My Own Personal Findings

A couple months ago I wrote about the different understandings of the word “consciousness” and I also wrote a different post about the so-called “hard problem of consciousness”. I believe it is also interesting to look at the beliefs people commonly ha… more »
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11/08/12

Permalink 10:52:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1667 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

What is Consciousness?

In saying “Know thyself”, Socrates famously asserted the paramount importance of self knowledge. This may be one of the oldest and best known quotes in the history of philosophy, but a brief survey of contemporary philosophy seems to show that there is… more »
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12/09/10

Permalink 11:41:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 894 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

Artificial Intelligence

It is quite amazing how computers these days can perform complex tasks so fast. They can do so many things and our lives now vitally depend on them for communication, economic well-being, personal health, entertainment, etc. The performance of computers… more »
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03/09/10

Permalink 09:06:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1314 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

How Libertarian Free Will can Coexist with the Laws of Nature

Most people feel like they have control over what they do and that therefore they and all other people who are mentally competent are ultimately responsible for their actions. The different ways of interpreting this phenomenon can be considered differen… more »
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02/25/10

Permalink 08:57:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1178 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

How One's Personal Understanding of Consciousness can Lead to a Realization of the Soul

Last week, I wrote about the “Hard Problem of Consciousness”, which deals with how there can be an element of our experience, called qualia, that is altogether distinct from anything in the physical universe. Not everyone agrees with this, but many peop… more »
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02/17/10

Permalink 08:55:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 987 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind

The “Hard Problem of Consciousness” and it Significance

A few weeks ago, I wrote about introspection, which the act of personally observing the workings of one's own mind. With this in mind, I'd like to invite you, the reader of this post, to try to observe your own consciousness. Is this impossible? Am I ma… more »
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01/18/10

Permalink 08:48:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 758 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind, Building Knowledge

Introspection: Personally Observing the Workings of One's Own Mind

We all know that we can observe the external world through our eyes and ears. Well, those among us who are not skeptics or solipsists would agree with that. I don't pay much attention to skeptics or solipsists because their arguments are self defeating… more »
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11/06/09

Permalink 05:52:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1128 words   English (US)
Categories: The Mind, Building Knowledge

Phenomenology, Empiricism & Science

In the early 20th Century, Edmund Husserl sought a new way to understand reality that could be more comprehensive and more reliable than any that had been proposed up to that point. At that time, there were some who were idealists and some who were empi… more »
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