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Title: A cognitive science dialogue : consciousness East and West
Language of title: English

Description: Buddhist scholar B. Alan Wallace and contemporary philosopher of mind John Searle join for a discussion and debate on Buddhist and Western approaches to a science of consciousness. Wallace, who's approach is drawn both from the inspiration of William James as well as his own background in the Buddhist contemplative tradition, addresses issues involved in both theory and practice of studying consciousness directly using introspection. Searle also agrees that subjectivity can be studied. He makes the distinction between two uses of the word "subjective," one epistemic and one ontological. He argues that as long as subjectivity is approached according to its ontological sense, there should be no reason why there can not be a science of consciousness. While both thinkers are similar in acknowledging the irreducibility of the first-person perspective for understanding consciousness, on closer inspection the two strongly disagree on the fundamental distinction of whether consciousness is ultimately irreducible to the brain or whether instrospection is a valuable means for investigating consciousness. (Zach Rowinski 2005-03-24)

Contributor: B. Alan Wallace
John R. Searle
Kenneth Alan Paller, 1959-
Publisher Place: Chicago
Publisher: Cognitive Science Program at Northwestern University
Normalized publisher place: Chicago, IL
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.cogsci.northwestern.edu/
Published Date: 2005-01-14
URL: http://www.psych.northwestern.edu/psych/people/faculty/paller/dialogue05.htm
Subject: Science
B. Alan Wallace
Science of mind
Cognitive science
Brain activity
William James
Brain damage
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Calm Abiding (zhi gnas, śamatha)
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Cognitive Science -- Consciousness Studies
Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Philosophy
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Neuroscience -- Cognitive Neuroscience
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 19th century CE
20th century CE
21st century CE
Language: English
Interface Language: English

Means of availability: Video requires RealPlayer.

Format: Online resource
Media type: Video
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings
Digital Encoding: rm (ram)
Reader Rating: very useful
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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-03-24 19:32:01
Date Record Checked: 2005-03-24
Date Last Modified: 2005-07-20 16:49:10
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