The total reset and tearing down of all accepted wisdom, including in the hallowed halls of government and academe is now mandatory based on brain research findings including there is no free will, consciousness and subjective experience likely being trivial and the continuity of basic biological processes of brain > behavior across all animals, of course. Also, it looks like all behavior is “decided” (not really decided though, switches just flip) in 140 ms. No time for any feelings or thoughts to do anything but be “post-play commentary.”
That will not happen for decades however. “Progress happens one funeral at a time.” – and everyone is living a whole lot longer. Likely progress has already slowed a lot. Too bad.
Let’s first take on consciousness. Paul Cisek, a neuroscientist, sent me his thoughts:
“My own feeling about “consciousness” is that it is best not approached head-on as a thing that must be defined and explained in and of itself, because I don’t think we’re qualified to define it yet. Instead, I think we should first strive to understand behavior and somewhere along the way consciousness will just make sense and have a non-epiphenomenal role. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking, but that’s what happened with the concept of “life”, another famous consequence of complex systems.”