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on 26 June 2016
The idea that the Earth orbits the sun is so counter intuitive, that if you where not taught this in school, you will have no way of knowing this. The illusion of sunrise and sunset is impenetrable.
The philosopher Wittgenstein once asked a friend, "How was it that people thought the Sun orbited the Earth for so long"? His friend said, "Because it looked that way". Wittgenstein responded, "What would it look like if the Earth orbited the sun"?
Being locked in illusion himself, Wittgenstein knew the answer was impossible.
Even scientists believe that the sun orbits the Earth but they pretend that they don't.
Kurt Godel, one of the few people who could terrify the brightest minds of the 20th century, wondered why people can be so illogical in believing that the brain produces consciousness. We are locked into this illusion. The illusion is a moving Sun, a Sun set and a sun rise. The illusion is a part of who we are. And the way our language and stories are based on the moving sun, the same can be said for idea the that the brain produces consciousness.
We talk about with this, we feel it, we even tell the kids they will die forever when their brain ages and dies. We tell little kids that dreams are inside their head. We tell them that their brain makes mind like a computer makes software (contradiction intended). We even tell kids that death is annihilation because we are so sure of our illusions. Most of us can't do tensor equations but we convince the kids about illusion. We point, "Look at the sunset". All illusion.
The illusion is solid. The way there is no way out of the illusion of the Sun orbiting the Earth, there is no way out of the illusion of a local mind in the box.
Before the sceptic retorts that brain science gives results. The same can be said for ptolemaic astronomy. Ptolemaic astronomy can predict eclipses. The top minds of the day were convinced, both mathematically and by observation, that Plotemy was correct. This went on for centuries. The hard problem of astronomy was there for all the see, but it was never to be answered. Only when Capernicus came along did the hard problem of astronomy disappear. There wasn't a problem in astronomy, rather, the problem came with the fixtures and fittings, as it where. The system of Plotemy was thrown out and the problem vanished.
There is a hard problem of consciousness. But if we are locked in illusion, we'll never know the answer. I suspect that most people go about their day, doing commerce, playing games and happily living as they've always done without even suspecting there is a hard problem of consciousness because there isn't. The hard problem is in the imagination of the brain scientist who is locked in a ptolemaic jail.
Intuition tells me that I am more than what the brain scientists tell me. Brain science tells me that I am an illusion. Between these banks my life flows.
A little copernican revolution is inside us all!