Why our experience and the object we experience are one

The Wrong Turn: Why has science not been able to explain the nature of the mind?

Consciousness is a hard problem because neuroscientists and philosophers took a wrong turn — they assumed that one's consciousness is inside one's brain and that the world is outside both of them.

The wrong turn is based on the following two premises:

The first premise asks us to believe in something supernatural. The second suggests that the mind can do something impossible — namely, be two things at one time.

As William James wrote

The whole philosophy of perception from Democritus’s time downwards has been just one long wrangle over the paradox that what is evidently one reality should be in two places at once, both in outer space and in a person’s mind

Such premises are fueled by questionable prejudices and parochial fallacies such as the hiding pocket.

The Spread Mind puts forward an alternative solution that avoids the wrong turn taken by neuroscience:

One's experience of an object is the object one experiences.

No difference distinguishes an apple from my experience of the apple. Experience and objects are the same. Therefore, to understand the nature of consciousness, we need to understand the nature of physical objects.

We need not assume consciousness is inside the brain. Consciousness is a physical object, but it is not neural.

Riccardo Manzotti, January 27, 2015 (updated November 6, 2015)