Even a Berkeley guy wonders!
| Is consciousness legitimate to study scientifically? |
It may not only be legit, it may be one of the top three mysteries:
1) Fundamental particles (what are quarks made of) Do the basic laws of nature need to be modified to make room for mental phenomena?
2) Creation and nature of universe (how did it begin)
3) Is consciousness fundamental / elemental?
| Bertrand Russel: The Science to Save Us from Science |
But all who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave.
Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer.
These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign to seeing others also happy.
Alvin, you really got me started!