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536: Recontextualizing Identity

KMO speaks with Mark Gober, author of An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implications for Everyday Life. The idea that consciousness arises from sufficiently complex arrangements of matter isn't so much  a finding arrived at by scientific investigation as it is an axiom of the materialist worldview. Modern science doesn't lead to the conclusion brains produce consciousness so much as the scientific community demands that you accede to this starting assumption or keep quiet about your reservations if you want to be taken seriously. Mark Gober argues that experimental findings demonstrate that ideas concerning telepathy, precognition, remote viewing and life after death need to be given more thorough-going consideration than they currently receive in the scientific community.

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  1. Jim Dempsey on January 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Ah, KMO, thank you thank you thank YOU! for discussing the undiscussed side of technological unemployment. The skepticism you voiced was right on target regarding how well “the economy” can provide jobs for people after a machine/s start doing their particular paid tasks; and even more to the point regarding how well displaced workers are actually absorbed into new employment roles (ie. the probably ain’t).

    This is THE big topic of the era, fitting right inside Keynes’ 1930 essay, the one we discussed so many years ago. In fact, I wish Keynes himself had been more forthcoming (and less oblique) with his original criticisms. By contrast, Henry George outlined exactly what is happening today in his book, and that was written way back in 1879.

    Again, well done, and keep up the excellent work!

  2. Robert Fairchild on March 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t think I can bring myself to even try to listen to such a woo-woo episode. Is this guy suggesting that “telepathy, precognition, remote viewing and life after death” are real?!?!?!

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