Sunday, April 03, 2011

Perhaps I Just Imagined I Read This

It's the only explanation, because I can't understand how people manage to even think things like this, let alone write them down where others can read them:

"Of course there was neither a conscious self nor a stream, but it now seems as though there was."

Right, Dr. Blackmore. And to whom does it "seem" as if there is a conscious self?


  1. I don't understand why she chooses to call consciousness an "illusion." Is it for the sake of paradox? Her argument, as far as I can tell, is simply that there are "gaps" in the so-called stream of consciousness—that some of the images and sounds lurking in our memories were never consciously experienced as present sensations, though we naturally assume that they were.

  2. Yes, I don't understand it either, except in that claiming something outlandish is more likely to yield academic fame than is saying something commonsensical.