You would have to be remarkably resistant to brainwashing to resist the claim — endlessly repeated — that we are our brains. The notion that our consciousness, the self to which the successive moments of consciousness are attributed, our personality, our character, personhood itself, are identified with activity in our brains is so widely received that it seems downright eccentric to profess otherwise.
—Raymond Tallis, Aping Mankind (h/t John C. Wright and Mark Anthony Signorelli)
One of the fundamental errors of modernity — perhaps the fundamental error — is to turn the cosmos upside-down, and imagine that consciousness is somehow built from bricks of inconscience — that mind is actually mindless, that the secret of life is lifelessness, and that Spirit is just instinct or random error on a grand scale.
But if we properly view the cosmos right-side up, then things like truth, freedom, life, light, and love are at the top; truly, it is a tree with roots aloft and branches down below. —Bob
We’ve often been told that our minds are just the workings of extremely complicated minerals. But really, it’s the case that minerals are just extremely simplified mind. Meaning is not nowhere. It’s everywhere… that’s why it’s so easy to miss it. That’s why we moderns have been able to construct an entire worldview where it is, essentially, 100% absent.
Well, I shouldn’t say “easy to miss.” It’s actually remarkably hard to miss meaning and purpose. It’s an act of willful blindness and childish stupidity, and it took modern man a lot of time and effort to arrive at this stage. But, once arrived, we can easily coast along with our eyes glued shut. The decades can just fly by.