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

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at gmail.com
Thu May 7 13:49:28 UTC 2020

And if we'd stop being 'qualia blind', we could discover what it is, in our
brain, that has an intrinsic redness quality, finally filling this gap in
our understanding of perception of color.  This would once and for all
easily falsify all these crap in the gap theories.

Let me know if our new socratic method test asking: "Are you Qualia Blind
<https://qualia.insite21.com/>"  helps with understanding what qualia
blindness is.


On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 7:23 AM Brent Allsop <brent.allsop at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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-wing anti-science:
> ·       "We don’t have qualia, it only seems like we do"  or "There is a
> 'hard mind body' problem."

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