A dialogue/debate with Owen Flanagan at Northwestern University, March 4, 2013. You can watch the video of the debate by clicking here.
Monday March 4, 2013, at 4pm.
My position statement:
The scientific method gives us no direct and independent access to consciousness itself–no direct access, because third-person observations are always of the behavioral and physiological expressions of consciousness, not consciousness itself; and no independent access because the scientific method itself presupposes consciousness, so we must unavoidably use consciousness to study consciousness. Full recognition of this situation demands that the neuroscience of consciousness include an ineliminable phenomenological component. Some of the phenomenological resources for such a “neurophenomenology” of consciousness can be found in Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist contemplative methods of training the mind.
Starting July 1, 2013, I will be joining the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as a Full Professor. I’m very excited about this move!
From mid-April to mid-May, 2013, I’ll be a Mind and Life Institute Visiting Senior Scholar at Amherst College.
During the spring semester of 2014, I’ll be an invited Numata Visiting Professor at the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I’ll be giving one graduate seminar (probably on the contemporary encounter between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy), as well as participating in other events. I’m looking forward to this exciting opportunity.
MIT Press will publish a new, expanded edition of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, in 2014. There will be two new introductions, one by me and one by Eleanor Rosch. There will also be a new foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn (author of Full Catastrophe Living and creator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program) and Mark Williams of the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre.