18 Replies to “Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness”

  1. omg…anyone could have purchased a book on optical illusions, talked about it, and then showed some power point. This guy is probably highly cerebral, but it did not come through with TED. A disappointing fail.

  2. Whether or not you believe that consciousness or that the mind is separate from the physical body, it is ONLY a belief system. However, people who have actually had an out of body experience during surgery and described objects or circumstances occurring while under anesthetic which have been confirmed by hospital staff, moves this argument closer to the prior stance and unless orthadox science can PROVE otherwise, then flimsy explanations of what this phenomena is just won’t wash.

  3. Another ridiculous presentation by Dennet. The misleading art and graphics were intended by their designers to throw off the viewers so they cannot and do not represent what happens in real life regarding consciousness. How do you think the designers of the graphics knew people would get confused ? Because the designers themselves knew that would confuse their own selves as well. So this presentation was totally worthless in proving any real point.

  4. Straight the fuck up. I have a really nice sound system in here and I can’t have it up practically at all for the intro or else the whole condominium complex is shaking and my ears are about to fucking explode. 

  5. Consciousness does exist but our common sense view of it is illusory. I don’t even think it has any meaningful substance to it at all. It’s just perceptions.

  6. where was the part where he talked about consciousness being an illusion? perhaps the title is misleading, because it sounds like he was just talking about how our brains can fool us, which i interpreted as just being the limits of our human capacity, not so much fooling us. I mean on the first example, of the squares changing color, i know i wouldnt be able to notice that fully, because my memory isnt that good. the same thing goes to my ability to recognize detail on the last example.

  7. You can explain illusions. Your post seems to convey otherwise, I think this is where you are mistaken. He is also not saying there is no consciousness.

  8. If consciousness is an illusion , then how can Dennet explain what it is, or isn’t? Its not there, so what is he talking about? It can’t be consciousness, because there is no such thing according to him. So this illusion he is talking about isn’t consciousness.

  9. and what else would you suggest, besides the “material”? Some soul perhaps that is independent of the body? yeah… the problem with that is that it is unfalsifiable, while being provably silly. I do not know why Searle claims “hopelessly inadequate” but it is hopelessly silly on his part to do so..

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