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Re: Trust, Consciousness, Dennett...

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Friday, July 2, 2004, 17:53
--- John Cowan <jcowan@...> wrote:
> Gary Shannon scripsit: > > > Briefly, Dennet explains how the movie projector > works > > and then concludes that because the projector can > be > > explained it follows that the audience in the > theater > > does not exist. > > Dennett explains that the whole movie-projector > metaphor makes no sense. > Officially, it's been rejected by both philosophers > and neurologists > for a long time, but its influence continues to > linger. >
<snip> This could potentially turn into a heated and ugly debate in which nothing would be settled. My only comment is that Dennett makes numerous assertions which to an experienced meditator are blatently false. Granted, those assertions sound perfectly reasonable to one who has not practiced deep meditation for 30+ years, and tend to be accepted by academics more for their consistancy with materialistic monism than for any other reason. Further discussion should probably be taken to or sci.psychology.consciousness where I personally have debated these issues for a number of years. I'd love to debate them further in one of those forums, but I don't see the point in wasting another of my daily-limit postings on the subject. --gary