• Corpus ID: 3175512

Conscious Realism and the Mind-Body Problem

  title={Conscious Realism and the Mind-Body Problem},
  author={Donald D. Hoffman},
Despite substantial efforts by many researchers, we still have no scientific theory of how brain activity can create, or be, conscious experience. This is troubling, since we have a large body of correlations between brain activity and consciousness, correlations normally assumed to entail that brain activity creates conscious experience. Here I explore a solution to the mind-body problem that starts with the converse assumption: these correlations arise because consciousness creates brain… 

Figures from this paper

Idealism and the Mind-Body Problem
When I was in graduate school, I recall hearing “One starts as a materialist, then one becomes a dualist, then a panpsychist, and one ends up as an idealist”.1 I don’t know where this comes from, but
The Mind-Body Problem: View Outside of the Subject-Object Opposition
The solution of the mind-body problem as the problem of interrelation and interconditionality of mental and physiological faces contradictions when one proceeds from the classical subject-object
Modelling Consciousness within Mental Monism: An Automata-Theoretic Approach
It is argued that the austere ontology of mental monism places certain constraints on possible models of consciousness, and a minimal set of hypotheses that a model of consciousness should respect are proposed, which would be possible to construct many formal models that permit universal computation in the mental world, through cellular automata.
‘Education’ and the Pruning of the Mind
The chapter develops the mind-fundamental THE AUTHORS that enables communication, ‘education’, and the formation of all ‘societies’ based on narrative, which is grounded in the matrix of mind.
The Psychology of Anomalous Experiences: A Rediscovery
This essay presents the rationale to consider anomalous experiences (AEs, such as synesthesia, lucid dreaming, hallucinations, psi-related experiences, and near-death experiences) as an essential
Here is a staggering truth: the ontology of the human person currently embraced by the most vocal Christian scholars working on this issue is a view that almost no Christians thought plausible only
Applying Consciousness, Infinity and Dimensionality Creating a Paradigm Shift: Introducing the Triadic Dimensional Distinction Vortical Paradigm
Triadic Dimensional-Distinction Paradigm (TDVP) regards the unification of space and time as insufficient, and postulates that space-time and a broader extended “consciousness” (STC) are fundamentally tethered from their finite origin, such that even when the tethering becomes loose or untethered, the fundamental link still exists.
Can A Quantum Field Theory Ontology Help Resolve the Problem of Consciousness?
The hard problem of consciousness arises in most incarnations of present-day physicalism. Why should certain physical processes necessarily be accompanied by experience? We begin with the assumption
Panpsychism and the First-Person Perspective: The Case for Panpsychist Idealism
In this paper I argue for a version of panpsychist idealism on first-person experiential grounds. As things always appear in my field of consciousness, there is prima facie empirical support for
Background Category and Its Place in the Material World
However robust the mind’s cognitive strategies of objectifying and rendering in object terms conscious experience, there is nevertheless that which resists object/substantivity categorization: an


Wider than the sky : the phenomenal gift of consciousness
Gerald M. Edelman's analysis of the brain activities underlying consciousness is based on recent remarkable advances in biochemistry, immunology, medical imaging, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, yet the implications extend fartherbeyond the worlds of science and medicine into virtually every area of human inquiry.
Sensations and brain processes
  • H. Flohr
  • Biology
    Behavioural Brain Research
  • 1995
Unsnarling the World-Knot: Consciousness, Freedom, and the Mind-Body Problem
The mind-body problem, which Schopenhauer called the 'world-knot', has been a central problem for philosophy since the time of Descartes. Among realists - those who accept the reality of the physical
Consciousness, Color, and Content
Experiences and feelings are inherently conscious states. There is something it is like to feel pain, to have an itch, to experience bright red. Philosophers call this sort of consciousness
Gestalt isomorphism and the primacy of subjective conscious experience: A Gestalt Bubble model
  • S. Lehar
  • Psychology, Biology
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 2003
A Gestalt Bubble model is presented to demonstrate how the elusive Gestalt principles of emergence, reification, and invariance can be expressed in a quantitative model of the subjective experience of visual consciousness, and reveals a unique computational strategy underlying visual processing.
A Universe Of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination
Nobel laureate in medicine Gerald Edelman and brain researcher Giulio Tononi draw on their cutting-edge research to show for the first time precisely how the brain creates conscious experience. What
A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination
Beginning with the title, A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination promises much. This is the sixth book by Edelman (the first was with another colleague, Mountcastle) in a series
Conscious Events as Orchestrated Space-Time Selections
What is consciousness? Some philosophers have contended that "qualia," or an experiential medium from which consciousness is derived, exists as a fundamental component of reality. Whitehead, for
Mind: A Brief Introduction
"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." In "Mind", Searle dismantles
Neural correlates of consciousness in humans
Functional neuroimaging in humans and electrophysiology in awake mokeys indicate that there are important differences between striate and extrastriate visual cortex in how well neural activity correlates with consciousness.