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Healing the ‘Split’


Posted May 1, 2012 by Bernard J. Baars, PhD


or almost 100 years (since Wm James) the social sciences have ignored, suppressed, and neglected personal consciousness.

For 24 centuries before that (in Western and Asian history) consciousness was at the very center of human concerns.

In science today we are in a comeback, but the curriculum and the institutions are way behind. So students are the last ones to benefit from the huge upsurge in first-rate consciousness science from psychology, social psychology, and bioscience.

We’ve still got it backwards. There is no conflict between science and the humanities.

I’m less sure of this one, but there may be no conflict between science and religion.

It’s high time to heal the split between the “Two Cultures.”

Bernard J. Baars, PhD

Bernard J. Baars, PhD is a former Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA., and is currently an Affiliated Fellow there. He is best known as the originator of the global workspace theory, a theory of human cognitive architecture and consciousness widely cited in philosophical & scientific sources. He previously served as a professor of psychology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where he conducted research into the causation of the Freudian slip, and as a faculty member at the Wright Institute.Bernard is interested in human language, and the psychology and brain basis of conscious experience.