Decoding consciousness: What can dreams tell us about how our minds work while awake?

Everyone dreams, every night, entering a strange, semi-conscious state where we experience a world created by our own minds, but our judgement, language, and senses are impaired.  No one knows where dreams come from or why.  That doesn’t mean they can’t tell us a lot about the inner workings of the mind and consciousness itself.… Continue reading Decoding consciousness: What can dreams tell us about how our minds work while awake?

The evolution of consciousness, reimagined

What is consciousness?  Can consciousness have evolved, naturally, like the rest of our bodies?  Why are we conscious?  Would we be better off as unconscious zombies?  One thing I know for sure:  If we’d be better off as zombies, we’d be zombies.  It’s much, much cheaper to make us that way, and in the game… Continue reading The evolution of consciousness, reimagined

An atheist’s case for life and what we can do about it

Reimagining humans as qualia machines populating the universe with unique mathematics and balancing all concerns against a harsh and ugly world Many people believe that atheists have an unsatisfying view of the world.  Humans reduced to survival machines, crawling on the surface of an insignificant rock, revolving around a merely average star, located in a… Continue reading An atheist’s case for life and what we can do about it