Consciousness & the Brain

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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby muni » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:10 am

"Consciousness pops out of the brain like a rabbit from a magician’s hat". :smile:
http://www.superconsciousness.com/topic ... -not-brain
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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:01 pm

muni wrote:"Consciousness pops out of the brain like a rabbit from a magician’s hat". :smile:
http://www.superconsciousness.com/topic ... -not-brain

Maybe the hat pops out of the rabbit.
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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby dharmagoat » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:05 pm

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:
muni wrote:"Consciousness pops out of the brain like a rabbit from a magician’s hat". :smile:
http://www.superconsciousness.com/topic ... -not-brain

Maybe the hat pops out of the rabbit.

When has a magician ever demonstrated that?
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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:26 am

dharmagoat wrote:When has a magician ever demonstrated that?

I don't know but I'd pay to see it.
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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:30 am

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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby dzogchungpa » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:24 am

ཨོཾ་མ་ཧཱ་ཤུནྱ་ཏཱ་ཛྙཱ་ན་བཛྲ་སྭཱ་བྷཱ་བ་ཨཱཏྨ་ཀོ་྅ཧཾ༔

The thousands of lines of the Prajnaparamita can be summed up in the following two sentences:
1) One should become a Bodhisattva (or, Buddha-to-be), i.e. one who is content with nothing less than all-knowledge attained through the perfection of wisdom for the sake of all beings.
2) There is no such thing as a Bodhisattva, or as all-knowledge, or as a ‘being’, or as the perfection of wisdom, or as an attainment.
To accept both these contradictory facts is to be perfect.
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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby AJungianIdeal » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:15 am

It's funny that the leading video in the OP leads with Sam Harris, who is getting in some trouble with his skeptic friends for being too kind to Eastern Philosophies and "parapsychology"

I personally don't find the Emergent Mind theory too at odds with Buddhist Philosophy; I can even see (loosely) how it could be integrated with rebirth. But I'm not a neuroscientist (yet?) or even a buddhist (yet!), just a fan of the Mind Sciences.
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Re: Consciousness & the Brain

Postby AJungianIdeal » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:19 am

Also, Physicalism as a philosophy is useful to the practice of the scientific method because generally, in order to begin studying something it's useful to assume that it exists in a form that is observable, material and repeatable. It doesn't, however, make the philosophy necessarily more "true" than any other.
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