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> Hi Bruno,
>> Now look at science.
>> We do correlations of perceptual artefacts = _contents_ of phenomenal
>> consiousness to the point of handing out _Nobel prizes_ for
>> depictions of correlated artefacts of our phenomenal fields.
>> AND THEN
>> we deny phenomenal consciousness? Declare it unassailable by science?
>> Delude ourselves that these descriptions actually contain causal
> Who does that?
> The entire suite of practical empirical science does that. Walk the
> halls. Find _any_ scientist at the coal face and ask. What planet are
> you from? Before your breath has finished the asking sentence you will
> be told you are not being scientific.
Perhaps but what's the problem being told non scientific by people who loss the
scientific attitude in front of unsolved questions?
This issue has been a subject of a long investigation. A scientific
investigation into what it means to be 'scientific' in relation to the natural
world. Natural science, natural scientists. I think a point of confusion
between us may be that when I talk about science I mean the natural world. The
one in which we appear to be embedded and of which we are constructed. I think
you would agree there may be an infinity of abstract domains and their
relationship to our domain is also a subject of scientific endeavor. However,
when I am talking of science I mean the study of the domain we are in from
I did a large historical survey and analysed it. Yes, there is a problem in
natural scientists being unscientific. But it's not being scared off by
unsolved problems. It’s that they dogmatically adhere to a definition of
science that came about in the 1800s. It has been passed down over the last
century like a frozen artifact of the golden age when philosophers and
scientists were the same person. Now, mostly, they are not. As a result
adequate review of the theory of science has simply not happened. The ghostly
dogma is in the definition of 'scientific evidence'. It succeeded in staying
that way simply through inattention.
I have been able to declare the worst phrase you can give a philosopher:
'category error' in the definition of science. I have already outlined it, but
I'll state it a more obvious way:
It stems from Aristotle...embedded in the basic scientific method is that the
described aspect of the natural world shall be experienced. If you can't
experience it then you are not doing science (of the _natural_ world!!!). Or -
you are being unscientific. All is well until you try and 'be scientific' about
that part of the natural world that creates your experiences.
"What is this visual field? What generates it? It seems to be in brain matter.
Let's have a look...". You open up a brain. All you see is brain cells and the
neural correlates of what you seek. "Oh NO! you declare. I can't experience the
experiences of someone else's experiencing system! There's no 'objective view'
to share. I can't do science! This is not science. Oh no, better stop unless
someone tells me I'm being unscientific!"
So instead of being objective about an apparently paradoxical evidentiary
process, science put it in an iron box with spikes in the inside and a label
'beware - career ending stuff lurks here' on it. And hid it in the 'metaphysics
department' for the philosophers to play with. That way they could also jeer at
There it resides to this day.
Everything else in our email-swap comes down to this aspect of the natural
world. Dogma in one tiny little corner of science. It is a key to a door.
Behind that door is the remaining 50% of the science of the natural world.
I am saying they key to 'everything' is to investigate brain material and
identify what class of universe could give rise to the experiential fields we
use to describe the natural world. That we DEMAND are used in the process of
doing science on pain of being unscientific, and then lock out of reach of
science for no good reason.
To see how dogmatic this belief science has:
Go back..open up brain...Consider what the 'apparent lack of evidence' is
Is it evidence that phenomenal consciousness does not exist? No. Lack of
evidence is not evidence of absence. That is the key category error made in the
definition of science.
Is it evidence that proves we can't 'be scientific' about phenomenal
consciousness? No. Yes. No. Yes. Well..only if you force science to adopt a
dogmatic view of itself.
What you have in the evidentiary paradox is crucial evidence of how subjective
experience works! The evidence provided is that when your observing system
tries to see another observing systems observations it can't. Any further
declarations (such as 'you therefore can't be scientific') are unfounded
cultural preference only). Here is another slight disagreement from our
>> These are all unfounded ascrptions and have no evidenntiary basis
>> other than the reconfigured brain matter that results from a belief.
> Note that the "reconfigured brain matter" is also a belief.
Here you are most definitely mistaken. You do an fMRI before and after. The
difference is the holding of the belief. That belief is something reported by
the holder. The reporting of a belief in no way invokes the _contents_ (subject
matter/intentionality) belief as an aspect of the natural world. The holding of
the belief is an aspect of the natural world. Not the belief.
This class of situation - ascription - in relation to what 'being scientific'
means has merely this level of real evidence and no other. It is also the
entire set of evidence for your belief in 'comp'.
The mistake that has been made is to attribute more to the so called 'objective
view'. There is no objective view. It is a virtual construct of brain material.
To do corroborative science is to recreate multiple subjective views and
compare them and then declare the study of the subjective view as unscientific
when it underpins the whole of science?
To be 'scientific needs' rework. That is what I am doing. Upgrading science. It
does not invalidate any empirical science done to date. It merely opens a door
to a parallel descriptive realm where the first person is prime and the so
called objective view is put in its proper place: a virtual construct provided
by brain material. Understanding how brain material that makes use of the
natural world to provide this virtual construct is the route to making
predictions about brain structure and therefore an empirical science of
The net result? Formulate models of the universe innately inclusive of a
capacity to provide subjective experience. That formulation, if accurate,
should be able to make predictions of brain matter. If it can't, you are
wasting your time - at least in respect of understanding the natural world.
That's the basics of the situation. We have the evidentiary system of science
completely backwards. We insist on formulations based on the contents of our
experience (ONE), not the existence of any experience at all (TWO). The real
'theory of everything' must a) naturally and obviously provide subjective
experience and b) simultaneously explain how brain material provides our
evidentiary basis - the one that gave rise to all our previous empirical
science like f = MA, quantum mechanics etc. A very stringent requirement. Two
models of the universe joined at the hip by phenomenal consciousness.
"You can lead a horse to water...."
Take a drink. Think about it. You can evangelise 'comp' until you turn blue.
But unless you can explain brain material providing subjective experience =
scientific evidence, it will remain a very nice abstract plaything and an
unverifiable metaphysical theory.
I am trying to change science to that end.
You know the good thing about it? When we finally build machines with
reconfigurable phenomenal consciousness: they will be able to go exploring
theoretical domains like 'comp'. Take a holiday! Get a chip implant that allows
you to visit the object 'red' or 'happiness'. :-)