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#585: Professor Donald Hoffman — The Case Against Reality, Beyond Spacetime, Rethinking Death, Panpsychism, QBism, and More

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What Is Consciousness?

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consciousness is a term or concept that in one form or another, has been of great interest for thousands of years. Could you please give us a working definition of consciousness? Intuitively, your experiences. If you see a blue sky, it's the experience of the blue in some sense. And we have to ifyou hit your thumb with a tham hammeryou that feeling of pain, that's part of conscious experience. When you're in a deep sleep, dreamless sleep, that's when you don't have this conscious experience. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing postulates consciousness.

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