Consciousness as a Delusion

In Chasing the Rainbow: The Non-conscious Nature of Being, David Oakley and Peter Halligan (2017) present the theory that consciousness is a delusion. At the time of publication, the paper in Frontiers has received 107,012 views. According to their theory, consciousness is a specially engineered delusion; let’s call it the ‘CAD theory’. Because, to themContinue reading “Consciousness as a Delusion”

Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal

From the Preface [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight…” Continue reading “Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal”

Vividness, Consciousness, and Mental Imagery: Making the Missing Links across Disciplines and Methods

Guest Editor: Amedeo D’Angiulli https://www.mdpi.com/journal/brainsci/special_issues/Vividness_Consciousness_Imagery All articles can be accessed freely online. Marks, D.F. I Am Conscious, Therefore, I Am: Imagery, Affect, Action, and a General Theory of Behavior. Brain Sci. 2019, 9(5), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9050107. Views: 2082, Downloads: 1277, Citations: 2, Altmetrics: 2 https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3425/9/5/107 Lefebvre, E.; D’Angiulli, A. Imagery-Mediated Verbal Learning Depends on Vividness–Familiarity Interactions:Continue reading “Vividness, Consciousness, and Mental Imagery: Making the Missing Links across Disciplines and Methods”

Consciousness without a cerebral cortex

Merker, B. (2007). Consciousness without a cerebral cortex: A challenge for neuroscience and medicine. Behavioral and brain sciences, 30(1), 63-81. Abstract: A broad range of evidence regarding the functional organization of the vertebrate brain – spanning from comparative neurology to experimental psychology and neurophysiology to clinical data – is reviewed for its bearing on conceptions of theContinue reading “Consciousness without a cerebral cortex”

The conscious id

Solms, M. (2013). The conscious id. Neuropsychoanalysis, 15(1), 5-19. Abstract Two aspects of the body are represented in the brain, and they are represented differently. The most important difference is that the brain regions for the two aspects of the body are associated with different aspects of consciousness. Very broadly speaking, the brainstem mechanisms derived from theContinue reading “The conscious id”

The General Theory of Behaviour VII: Wayne Rooney, Imaging and Action

In this seventh post I explore the introspections by the footballer Wayne Rooney. These interesting remarks by one the world’s greatest footballers illuminate key issues in the General Theory. They are concerned with how thinking, feeling and action are all interconnected. It is these interconnections that enable us to function as an integrated human being.Continue reading “The General Theory of Behaviour VII: Wayne Rooney, Imaging and Action”

Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ)

What is the VVIQ? The VVIQ is a self-report measure of the clarity and liveliness of visual imagery and, in so doing, aims to evoke images that vary in vividness, ambiance, and feeling as well. The instructions state the following: “Visual imagery refers to the ability to visualize, that is, the ability to form mentalContinue reading “Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ)”

I Am Conscious, Therefore, I Am

Abstract Organisms are adapted to each other and the environment because there is an inbuilt striving toward security, stability, and equilibrium. A General Theory of Behavior connects imagery, affect, and action with the central executive system we call consciousness, a direct emergent property of cerebral activity. The General Theory is founded on the assumption thatContinue reading “I Am Conscious, Therefore, I Am”

“God Spoke To Me”: Subjective Paranormal Experience and the Homeostatic Response To Early Trauma

Citation: Marks DF. “God Spoke to Me”: Subjective Paranormal Experience and the Homeostatic Response to Early Trauma. Imagination, Cognition and Personality. 2021;40(3):223-272. doi:10.1177/0276236620934003 Available here. There is a strong connection between subjective paranormal experience and childhood trauma. In this paper I hypothesise that a perception of control in relation to the trauma is brought by homeostasisContinue reading ““God Spoke To Me”: Subjective Paranormal Experience and the Homeostatic Response To Early Trauma”

The Paradox of Coincidence

The Paradox By the Principle of the Long Run, a coincidence is always deemed to be a chance event, no matter how tiny the odds. If paranormal coincidences exist, the normal scientific approach means that they would be mixed in with chance events and made invisible. Science rules out of existence the very phenomenon that itContinue reading “The Paradox of Coincidence”