February 19, 2003

Sentient Confectionery

Pootling about looking at web resources on consciousness, I'm finding that 'Consciousness Studies' has problems embracing a multi-disciplinary approach. Not least the tendency for participants to think that their expertise is the most relevant. As Joshua Stern puts it on the Psyche-D forum:

...modern discussions about the mind are astoundingly parochial. Physicists advocate qm, biologists neurons, and good computationalists like myself, computers, each looking with bemused condescencion upon their eccentric neighbors. Can we not get some bakers to participate in this forum, who will advocate that the roots of consciousness reside in the eclair?

(via a 1997 editorial in JCS, The Future of Consciousness Studies)

Posted at February 19, 2003 01:17 AM