The consciousness of John Derbyshire

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If you read The Corner you know that John has been in Tucson for the Toward a Science of Consciousness conference the past week. He’s now assembled his reflections.

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  1. My overwhelming impression of his impressions: lots of people throwing around terms they cannot be bothered to explicitly define. 
     
    Somehow I don’t think a lot of progress will be made as long as the field remains in that state.

  2. What I notice about this conference, or at least Derbyshire’s coverage of it, is a complete lack of neuroscience and biochemistry. This accounts for the pseudoscience atmosphere that Caledonian alludes to in the previous post.

  3. “complete lack of neuroscience and biochemistry” 
     
    Derbyshire mentioned several neuroscience talks including a couple at the biochemical level. Based on the few details he provided, I would have enjoyed the conference. (I would have skipped the talks on dog telepathy and the Mayan calendar.) 
     
    Razib, thanks for the link. 
     
    PS Did they have to use the term, “psi field”…the concept described is reasonable but the terminology just begs for abuse by wackos.

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    PS Did they have to use the term, “psi field”…the concept described is reasonable but the terminology just begs for abuse by wackos.
     
     
    john mentioned that there were a few weirdos there. a lot of these human-interest optional conferences seem to have that element….

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