Wednesday, December 21, 2011

TEDxUCR - Eric Schwitzgebel - The Crazyist Metaphysics of Mind

Interesting stuff - Eric Schwitzgebel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He tends to argue against the reliability of subjective reporting of conscious experience. He is correct in many of his arguments on that topic, however, subjective experience - whether objectively accurate or not - is as real as it gets for the individual. Our "felt sense" of our experience is the only reality available to us until we are able to take our own subjective experience as an object of awareness - which is where Buddhist meditation becomes an invaluable tool.

Eric Schwitzgebel - The Crazyist Metaphysics of Mind
Eric Schwitzgebel is a Professor of Philosophy at U.C. Riverside and author of Perplexities of Consciousness (MIT Press, 2011), and, with Russell T. Hurlburt, Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic (MIT Press, 2007). He has written extensively on belief, self-knowledge, consciousness, and the moral behavior of ethics professors. His research has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other national and international media outlets. His blog, "The Splintered Mind" (established 2006), is among the leading solo-authored philosophy blogs.
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