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September 1, 2004

'Consciousness is not a thing, but a process' - William James


James wrote that in "The Principles of Psychology" in 1890.

Have we really gotten any closer to understanding the nature of consciousness since then?

I don't think so.

What's required is not a new theory, but a new way of creating theories.


Otherwise, it's just gonna be more of the same old same old for the indefinite future.

The person who'll turn the ship around is already alive; there's about a 20% chance she/he's Chinese (1.3 billion people in China, 6.3 billion on the planet: do the math).

I doubt it's the same kid who'll be the first human to walk on Mars, even though we know that boy's gonna be Chinese. But I digress.

Funny, isn't it, how happiness is also a by-product of other things you do?


I mean, it's not something you can get your mind around any more than you can consciousness.

In fact, that which has no apparent substance was long ago recognized as the source of stability and immortality.

The Corinthians asked, in the Bible, "What are the things in life that never change?"

Paul answered, "The things you cannot see."

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