New York, NYUSA
July 21, 2013
I'd like to find out more about Crick's proposition, but I am very dubious that consciousness (such as the internal experience of colors) can be explained by any physical agency (whether matter, energy or force) presently known by the natural sciences. The key problem for me is how mental experiences can arise from our physical being: at what point, for example, does an electric charge in or between neurons become a thought, a color, a sensation of pain? My intuition is that the answer will not come from better physical accounts of brain activity (which, while narrowing the gap between mind and body cannot bridge the gap), but, instead, will come, if ever, from a radically different explanatory framewortk for understanding both mind and body. But, for now, such a "new science" is just a fantasy. Our present understanding brings us only to the same unbridgeable gap that has left philosophers befuddled and perplexed for centuries. Unless, of course, one of us has the answer!
I'd like to discuss this with open minded people- not preachers or ideologues.
I am a teacher and a former criminal court judge and have a long-standing obsession with the mystery of consciousness.