[ExI] "Crap in the Gap" theories of consciousness (Was re: antiscience from both sides)

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at gmail.com
Thu May 7 13:23:12 UTC 2020

I believe you forgot the core of all the falsifiable “crap in the gap”
theories of consciousness:

Example of right-wing anti-science:

·       Qualia prove I have a ghost/spirit.

Example of left-win anti-science:

·       We don’t have qualia, it only seems like we do.


On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 1:50 PM William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>

> Examples of right-wing anti-science:
>    1. Creationism.
>    2. Global warming denialism.
>    3. Anti-environmentalism generally.
>    4. Exaggerated claims about fetal development.
>    5. Rejection of epidemiology as it pertains to sex, pregnancy, and
>    sexually transmitted disease.
>    6. Rejection of genetics, neurology, and psychology as they pertain to
>    sex and gender.
>    7. Pseudo-biological justifications for racism and sexism.
>    8. Supply-side economics, if you count economics as a science. That’s
>    a whole ‘nother discussion.
> Examples of left-wing anti-science:
>    1. Anti-GMO hysteria.
>    2. Opposition to nuclear power under any and all circumstances.
>    3. Other extremes of environmentalism, with predictions of immediate
>    doom rather than slow long-term change.
>    4. Opposition to space exploration: “why are we spending money up
>    there when people are starving down here?”
> Examples of anti-science shared by both left and right:
>    1. Antivax. Started as a left-wing mania, and still more common in
>    liberal communities, but some of the most prominent advocates are
>    right-wing politicians, e.g. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
>    2. Abuse of statistics regarding crime issues, especially gun control.
>    Left- and right-wingers draw opposite conclusions from the same data, and
>    they both go to absurd extremes. Principled statisticians are left crying
>    in the wilderness.
>    3. Suspicion of the enterprise of science: the idea that there are
>    giant cabals of scientists working in secret with no oversight and “playing
>    God” or uncovering “things we weren’t meant to know.”
>    4. Closely related, the common cultural stereotypes of scientists as
>    arrogant, aloof, and out of touch with the lives of “regular people.”
> bill w
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