Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State…University, and author, The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds.
Before the Tipping Point: Reconsidering the Nature of Consciousness. Most neuroscientists today believe that consciousness and all aspects of cognition and perception emerge solely from brain activity. This belief places constraints on the presumed capacities of mind and consciousness. It also leads to a view of humanity as mindless zombies in a meaningless, nihilistic universe. If prevailing models are correct, we must come to grips with it. But if not correct, it is critical to learn what aspects are incomplete or incorrect, because our beliefs about who we are strongly influences personal and societal behavior. I will survey a substantial body of experimental evidence indicating that prevailing neuroscience assumptions are in fact incomplete, and I will discuss alternative models of consciousness suggested by the evidence.