Galileo's Error - Philip Goff

(currently reading -- one third read)


Consciousness sounds simple, yet it’s not. Where does it come from? What does it consist of? Answering the first question, most say that the brain creates consciousness. But then they fail to explain how this occurs.


Galileo was a brilliant thinker. He gave us modern science by showing how math could be used to describe physical reality. However, he excluded unmeasurable qualities such as an object’s color. Qualities such as “yellow” are gleaned from the soul rather than derived from the mundane. Galileo’s error was in excluding unmeasurable qualities from his description of reality. Materialism.


Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” By this he meant just having a body proved nothing. Only thinking mattered. In Descartes’ world there’s no connection between mind and body. Dualism.


A third possibility exists. Panpsychism. But that’s for a future chapter.