Dear Skeptic

While I have enjoyed many thousands of hours arguing with people online about materialism, I have decided to limit the time that I spend trying to shake people such as yourself into a deeper awareness of their own bias and bias blindness regarding consciousness and its relation to physical phenomena.

I understand and appreciate that you are very intelligent – smarter than me in many ways I have no doubt. In this one way, however, you have convinced me that your perspective is outdated and/or you lack the particular skill set required to give the issue its minimum level of consideration. If you are actually interested in this subject and are capable of understanding the Hard Problem of consciousness then there are a number of books and videos which I can recommend (partial list to follow).

If you are not interested in considering possibilities other than those which you currently accept to be true, then I’m not interested in anything that you have to say on the subject. I’ve heard it all before, many many times I can assure you. From this day on, I’m only interested in talking to those who already understand why materialism and computationalism can never resolve the Hard Problem. Let those of us who do understand this issue deeply begin to work out the next steps in rehabilitating the foundations of our modern worldview. My intention is to pick up where others have left off and forge a new understanding with others who can contribute to it. For more detailed responses, please see the Common Criticisms page.

Without further ado, here are some good resources to get you started:

Saving the Apperarances: A Study in Idolotry – Owen Barfield

David Chalmers Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness and Philosophical zombie

Thus “thingness”, the appearance of  materiality, even  of  living  things, is  dependent  on  the  scale  of observation. Note  that appearance implies  observation.  Therefore,  observation  at  all  levels  is  implied, it cannot  be  taken  out  of  the  picture  at any scale. Observation  itself  further  implies  sensory experience  or  qualia,  more  or  less  complex  depending  on  scale.

Theise Kafatos: Fundamental Awareness PDF

Donald Hoffman’s Interface Theory of Consciousness Do we see reality as it is?

video: The Mental Nature of Reality – Bernardo Kastrup

Tononi & Koch IIT  Consciousness as Integrated Information: a Provisional Manifesto

Prof. Raymond Tallis – “Aping Mankind? Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity” 

Dr. Bruce Greyson: Consciousness Independent of the Brain

Even Sam Harris is coming around.

Thomas Nagel What Is it Like to Be a Bat?

Frank Jackson Mary’s Room { Philosophy Index }

John Searle Chinese Room

Leibniz Mill Argument (17)

George Berkeley’s Idealism

Advaita Vedanta (Nondualism)

Ed Close – Transcendental Physics

Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness

My own hypothesis Multisense Realism  and link archive

NDE and reincarnation research:

Sam Parnia

Bruce Greyson

Pim van Lommel

Jeffrey Schwartz

Jim B. Tucker

Robert & Suzanne Mays

Natalie Trent-von Haesler

Mario Beauregard



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