The Conscious Mind

“I do not solve the problem of consciousness once and for all, but I try to rein it in. I try to get clear about what the problems are, I argue that the standard methods of neuroscience and cognitive science do not work in addressing them, and I try to move forward.

To me, it seems obvious that there is something further that needs explaining here; to others, it seems acceptable that there is not.

So I have tried to keep my ideas compatible with contemporary science, but I have not restricted my ideas to what contemporary scientists find fashionable.

It seems to me that to ignore the problems of consciousness would be antiscientific. It is in the scientific spirit to face up to them directly. To those who suspect that science requires materialism, I ask you to wait and see.”

David Chalmers