Perhaps it will even turn out that in the course of explaining a function, we will be led to the key insight that allows an explanation of experience. If this happens, though, the discovery will be an extra explanatory reward. There is no cognitive function such that we can say in advance that explanation of that function will automatically explain experience.
the fire in the mineshaft
I’m going to gradually add to this in the coming weeks. It’s kind of a psychological narrative of the past seven months.
A few minutes ago, I felt the compulsion to wiki the director Ang Lee. It was there that I found out he was unemployed for six years after film school, before his first feature film. And then I suddenly felt this gnawing recollection of a deep, heartbreaking ambition.
So, you are on your knees? Good. Now die to yourself. To your idea of yourself. Everything you think you are, you are not. What’s left? Find out.
There was a time in my life where I took pride in being a “social justice warrior” on Reddit, ticking the boxes of others’ mistakes, missteps, and misspoken words, cruelly scolding people, looking for those who were “doing it wrong” as a means of validating my own sense of integrity as an activist, as if each person I roasted would be a talisman against the same thing happening to me ever again. It was only when I discovered that I had made someone cry for hours that I took a long step back and asked myself if I was really making the world a better place by doing this.