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On Consciousness, A series of conversations between Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks

I. NOVEMBER 21, 2016
Consciousness: What Is It?

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/11/21/challenge-of-defining-consciousn...

II. DECEMBER 8, 2016
The Color of Consciousness

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/12/08/color-of-consciousness/

III. DECEMBER 30, 2016
Does Information Smell?

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/12/30/consciousness-does-information-s...

IV. JANUARY 26, 2017
The Ice Cream Problem

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/01/26/consciousness-the-ice-cream-prob...

V. February 22, 2017,
AM I the Apple?

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/02/22/consciousness-am-i-the-apple/

Phenomenal externalism suggests that the phenomenal aspects of the mind are external to the body. Authors who addressed this possibility are Ted Honderich, Edwin Holt, Francois Tonneau, Kevin O'Regan, Riccardo Manzotti, Teed Rockwell and Max Velmans. Another radical form of phenomenal externalism is the view called the spread mind by Riccardo Manzotti.[9] He questions the separation between subject and object, seeing these as only two incomplete perspectives and descriptions of the same physical process.[34] He supports a process ontology that endorses a mind spread physically and spatio-temporally beyond the skin. Objects are not autonomous as we know them, but rather actual processes framing our reality.[35]A more radical and sophisticated explanation was proposed by Roger Bartra with his theory of the exocerebrum. He explains that consciousness is both inside and outside the brain, and that the frontier that separates both realms is useless and a burden in the explanation of the self. In his Anthropology of the brain: Consciousness, culture, and free will (Cambridge University Press, 2014; originally published in Spanish in 2005) he criticizes both externalism and internalism.

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VI. March 16, 2017,

The Mind in the Whirlwind
Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks

Manzotti : Let me put it another way: in the room we have a whirlwind of physical states. This whirlwind contains a lot more than a human being could ever perceive—atoms, neutrinos, photons, quarks, strings, quantum fields; a huge range of possibilities. When the body comes into the room, its sensory capacities carve out one possible subset of that whirlwind. Or, looked at the other way round, one possible set within the whirlwind finds, relative to the body, a suitable causal path along which to roll. So the table and the apple are born! My body brought them into existence in the sense that it selected them and only them from the whirlwind. Entirely ignoring all kinds of other stuff.

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