The Science of Consciousness:

Chapter 6: Looking at our Own Minds

What this chapter is about: What can we tell by examining the contents of our own minds, and how reliable is the data we generate in this way?

What can we learn from introspection? What are the limitations on self-knowledge? This chapter also covers the unconscious, material outside of consciousness, includng the Freudian sense of material that is deliberately repressed to keep it from consciousness.

There is so much more I could have included in this chapter.


Jung and synchronicity

Do you ever think of a tune and put on the radio only to find that tune is playing? Do you ever dream of an old friend and they contact you the very next morning for the first time in years? In addition to his work on the Unconcious, Jung write about synchronicity, deeply meaningful coincidences that seem too significant to be dismissed as meere coincidence.

I think coincidences are an interesting topic, and it is revealing to see how reluctant many people are to dismiss them as chance events.

Plaskett, J. (2000). Coincidences. Tamworth Press. James Plaskett has been fascinated by extraordinary coincidences in his life, and has kept record of many of them. Described here they also constitute a fascinating, unorthodox, and strangely moving autobiography. By coincidence Plaskett is a chess grandmaster (chess being a very strong interest of mine).


Book reviews

Hawk, R. (2009). Self observation: The awakening of consciousness - an owner's manual. Hohm Press. ISBN: 978-1890772925.

This book was recommended to me as in the tradition of Gurdjieff, in helping us to remember to wake up, an idea that continues to fascinate me. The book was much esoteric than I expected, and I'm sorry to say I didn't get much out of it. It has over a 100 5-star ratings on Amazon though, so maybe the failing is mine. It talks about honest self observation without judgement, and the way to meditate.  Perhaps I'm just too much of a pessimistic materialist. I liked the poems though.