Critical Approaches to Culture + Communications

A Weblog by Ron Burnett (Founded in 1994 and now celebrating 23 Years!!)

This site began as one of the first academic sites in Canada when the World Wide Web was in its early phase of development. I have maintained it through many iterations since 1994.

TED (5)

David Chalmers disappointing speech addressed the issues of consciousness and the neurosciences. He said, the latter is a science of correlations. Doesn't address the hard problem of why all this mechanical processing and identifying locations of brain activity how consciousness happens and why. The objective functioning of the human brain does not reveal the hard problem of how all of this leads to consciousness. Subjective experiences are not explained by looking at the functioning of the brain. "Consciousness is now an anomaly." Inner subjective movie can be explained by a reductive approach but it is not good enough. Little of what he said is really relevant to contemporary research.  

Consciousness is fundamental, a set of properties that are basic to the way the brain functions. Postulate consciousness as a fundamental set of processes at the heart of everything. Consciousness might be universal. Every system may have some degree of consciousness. 

If this is the product of thirty years of research, then the presentation was disappointing.