Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Illusion

ANOTHER STARTLING CONCLUSION FROM the science of consciousness is that the intuitive feeling we have that there's an executive "I" that sits in a control room of our brain, scanning the screens of the senses and pushing the buttons of the muscles, is an illusion. Consciousness turns out to consist of a maelstrom of events distributed across the brain. These events compete for attention, and as one process outshouts the others, the brain rationalizes the outcome after the fact and concocts the impression that a single self was in charge all along. (Link)

He then later says....

“the biology of consciousness offers a sounder basis for morality than the unprovable dogma of an immortal soul.”

So if the conclusion of neuroscience is that our own executive “I” is an “illusion” then why isn’t morality or science also an illusion? Is that what you call a "sounder basis"?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Buddhism also believes that the 'I' or 'self' is a delusion yet it comes up with a system of morality very similar to the Christian one.