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“There is no time. What is memory?”

1 Aug

This is a koan from Susan Blackmore’s fascinating book Zen and the Art of Consciousness.

Blackmore does a good job of describing her meditation practice and raising issues about the relationship between science and the subjective exploration of self. However, she is more impressed with Daniel Dennett’s book Consciousness Explained than I am.

While I have enjoyed some of Dennett’s writing (especially Darwin’s Dangerous Idea) I found Consciousness Explained to be the single most disappointing book I have ever read. It simply did not deliver on the promise of the title and I continue to think that consciousness is our deepest mystery.

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