Situating this poster in the conference:
- Mélanie Boly's work suggests
feedback from the conscious to the unconscious is as (or more) important
than the feed forward
- okay, she didn't quite say that, her claim was about feedback from the frontal cortex, but humor me
- The claim here is that, in the normal range of (far from minimal) consciousness
feedback is influenced by our implicit philosophy of consciousness
— our metapsychological assumptions about the framework of our minds
- a philosophy which may be imperfect (to say the least)
- Can our implicit philosophy of consciousness be improved
in a way that will factor in the conscious–unconscious
and increase the scope and/or quality and/or utility of consciousness?
- Can the scope of consciousness in normal life, as compared to the meditation retreat,
be improved by what is essentially philosophic inquiry and logic?
- which may or may not closely resemble contemporary trends in academic philosophy
which after all is "academic" and doesn't, as a rule*, strive for pragmatic applicability
to human flourishing
- That's the larger question
- my poster is a first approximation of what such work might look like
*Susan Blackmore's attempts to live without assuming she has a self while
taking what comes into her mind as memes would be a notable exception to the
rule, were she in a philosophy department. My approach is in the same
genus, but a different animal.
Please share with me any other examples you