Today it’s great to have Annaka Harris on the podcast. Annaka is an author whose work touches on neuroscience, meditation, philosophy of mind, and consciousness. She is author of two books: Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind and the children’s book I Wonder. Annaka is also a volunteer for InnerKids, teaching mindfulness meditation to children in schools.
- The hard problem of consciousness
- Why Annaka wrote Conscious
- Annaka discusses “panpsychism”
- How to think more creatively about consciousness
- The function of consciousness
- The experience of agnosia
- What consciousness has to do with free will
- Consciousness from an evolutionary perspective
- Annaka’s thoughts on the free will debate
- Annaka’s goals in writing I Wonder
At minute 23, Annaka mentions the key behind it all. It is MEMORY. Memory explains consciousness, which also explains language, culture, politics, philosophy religion, careers, hobbies. Free will also falls out of memory. This is proven by the very existence of different languages, individual experiences, opinions, split brain personalities, etc. Neuroscience and physics just has to determine the electrical/chemical/biological mechanisms. Now if a rock had some kind of nervous system MEMORY, then it would also have some consciousness! Panpsychism is as wishful thinking as any religion or modern philosophy.