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Consciousness and the Paranormal — Part 12


Paranormal Adept
BTW: I noticed something about a "report" come through the admin panel. I have no idea what it's about and passed it along to Gene.
Hi Randle. I noticed one of those yesterday, actually several, while reading some of our discussions in a previous year. The label 'Report' seems to replace links to outside sources quoted in some posts. Perhaps it's just a case of links having been lost along the way.


Paranormal Adept
Gilbert Simondon:
Wiki: In L'individuation psychique et collective, Simondon developed a theory of individual and collective individuation, in which the individual subject is considered as an effect of individuation, rather than as a cause. Thus the individual atom is replaced by the never-ending process of individuation. Simondon also conceived of "pre-individual fields" as the resources making individuation itself possible. Individuation is an always incomplete process, always leaving a "pre-individual" left-over, itself making possible future individuations. Furthermore, psychic individuation always creates both an individual and a collective subject, which individuate themselves together. Simondon criticized Norbert Wiener's theory of cybernetics, arguing that "Right from the start, Cybernetics has accepted what all theory of technology must refuse: a classification of technological objects conducted by means of established criteria and following genera and species." Simondon aimed to overcome the shortcomings of cybernetics by developing a "general phenomenology" of machines.


Paranormal Adept
@Pharoah, the slides you present during your reading of your paper are very good indeed, and as I've said before I think the paper itself is a great accomplishment. I'm also glad to see that you now find yourself in a company of international scholars who share your approach.

Also grateful for this:

I opened a link from this page to a fascinating paper -- "The Impact of Semiotics on Philosophy" by John Deely. Here is the link to it:

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Paranormal Adept
This paper corresponds well with mine:
Thanks for this link, @Pharoah. Yes, this Barron and Klein paper does correspond well with yours, and it too is excellent.

Linked in the box above it at the PNAS site is a brief response to Barron and Klein's paper entitled "Consciousness explained or consciousness redefined?," the very title of which betrays the author's misunderstanding of the problem of consciousness in presuming that we can either "explain" or "define/redefine" consciousness before we arrive at a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of what consciousness is and how it is manifested in various stages of the evolution of life.