posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 11:15 PM
reply to post by fulllotusqigong
You realize beyond the mechanistic-behaviorist approach you continue to refer to - there is the simple philosophic approach.
I cannot see how the former can ultimately change the conclusions of the latter. It's interesting, no doubt, to discover the connections between the
neurological and psychological sphere, but to base questions of meaning on the former, is to whitewash the entire issue with a prejudice towards the
Where can free will be identified? Where is the essence of consciousness found? These are philosophical and not physiological questions. The
physiological is at most a corollary of spiritual movements, not the other way around, which is what this one-sided approach towards psyche through
neurological processes is intent on proving.
The psycho-somatic sphere is encompassed by an indeterminate sphere beyond the framework of scientific investigation. It can never, as a matter of
fact, change that basic reality.
Therefore, science can only pass judgement on phenomena within the determined order. Where consciousness originates, or even more importantly, the
experience of the human being relative to the experience of the animal, are questions science may investigate, but to find conclusions that so differ
from everyday experience based on superficial correlations between human and animal homology, skews the picture.
It's similar to saying that a #ty 1987 volkswagon is the same as a 2012 Audi R8 GT because they have similar internal mechanisms, i.e. engine,
carburetor etc . But the experience of each is worlds apart. Saying the consciousness of animals and humans is the same - consciousness being
something inherently beyond the sphere of scientific methodology - is akin to saying the experience (which is the conscious part) of driving both cars
is the same. They are not.
I am open to the similarity of biological organization. I reject the spurious conclusion that any similarity implies a similarity in consciousness
when experience so blatantly contradicts that notion.