Interview with Dr. Gary Schwartz
Today perhaps the ultimate unsolved mystery of human life for scientists and philosophers is: How and why does consciousness exist? Although some scientific literature still acknowledges that the question remains open, the overwhelming consensus among neuroscientists today is that the brain alone creates conscious experience.
But what happens when scientific investigation leads directly to officially “unthinkable” conclusions? To get an idea, watch this interview with Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona. He is the Director of the university’s Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. Much of his professional career has been devoted to examining scientific opinion on the nature of consciousness, in particular the often-unspoken “materialistic” assumptions about the mind-body connection.
It seems that science has not been prepared for the uncomfortable revelation now coming increasingly into scientific review: the self-aware mind is not simply an effect of brain activity; it endures when that activity is ended. Of course, any assessment of this finding will require much more than a brief interview, but the emphasis by Dr. Schwartz on an objective protocol, including double-blind and triple-blind studies, could reduce the emotional responses that the subject too easily provokes.
This emerging science could have a great impact for those exploring the electricity of life and mind-body paradoxes.
Watch the interview, then read the “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science” at explorejournal.com.
Click Here to watch the interview with Gary Schwartz posted on YouTube October 1, 2014 (14 minutes).
This article was previously published in the Community Communique.