“The mind is a bubbling congeries of unsupervised parallel processing,” says Daniel Dennett¹
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Add to Dennet’s words, those of Aristotle: “To be conscious that we are perceiving…is to be conscious of our own existence.”²
Ch. 18 of Robert Lanza’s Biocentrism³ “Mystery of Consciousness,” he opens with
“Consciousness poses the deepest problem for science, even as it resides as one of the key tenets of biocentrism. There is nothing more intimate than the conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain. ‘All sorts of mental phenomena,’ says consciousness researcher David Chalmers at the Australian National University, ‘have yielded to scientific investigation in recent years, but consciousness has stubbornly resisted. Many have tried to explain it, but the explanations always seem to fall short of the target. Some have been led to suppose that the problem is intractable, and that no good explanation can be given.'”
This is just one small piece of Lanza’s fascinating volume.
Many modern researchers in neuroscience, such as Lanza–when they are honest (as he is)–are dumbfounded by the dead ends they run into in their dedicated studies. To that, we humbly (not gleefully) suggest that this mystery may be connected with what Christians contemplate when considering the nature of the soul, or being created in the “Image of God.”
Every thinking person who has meditated, or done “soul searching,” especially after a long life, knows that there is much more to what is real, or what really matters, than what science has been able to explain.
¹ Cited by Robert Lanza (see note 3.)
² Aristotle (384-322 BC) again cited by Lanza.
³ Robert Lanza MD, Biocentrism (Benbella Books, n.d.?!, but for more see Amazon). Lanza has been exploring the frontiers of science for more than 4 decades, and worked with B. F. Skinner, and is associated with Jonas Salk and Christiaan Barnard, and has been described as a “genius” and “renegade thinker” even likening him to Einstein.