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Male sexual passion has become sinful again because it culminates in sexism. Women are made into objects, they are raped by their husbands as well as by strangers, they are sexually harassed by professors and employers at school and at work, and their children, whom they leave in day-care centers in order to pursue their careers, are sexually abused by teachers. All these crimes must be legislated against and punished. What sensitive male can avoid realizing how dangerous his sexual passion is? Is there perhaps really original sin? Men had failed to read the fine print in the Emancipation Proclamation. The new interference with sexual desire is more comprehensive, more intense, more difficult to escape than the older conventions, the grip of which was so recently relaxed. The July 14 of the sexual revolution was really only a day between the overthrow of the Ancien Regime and the onset of the Terror. The new reign of virtue, accompanied by relentless propaganda on radio and television and in the press, has its own catechism, inducing an examination of the conscience and the inmost sentiments for traces of possessiveness, jealousy, protectiveness—all those things men used to feel for women. There are, of course, a multitude of properly indignant censors equipped with loudspeakers and inquisitional tribunals.
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has anyone else ever read a ton about consciousness and then suddenly found the whole 'mystery' of it to be radically less intriguing or inexplicable?
I studied Cognitive Science during undergrad, took classes with Douglas Hofstadter, and read about every book on consciousness I could get my hands on. After making up my mind about Chalmers' claims about dualism, I now see that we have a fair sort of grasp on what consciousness might be.
Essentially, the brain is a piece of physical matter that has the capacity to be in a seemingly incalculable number of states that are highly different from one another, and it is a highly integrated complex system. Subjective experience (consciousness) is just 'what it is to be like' that physical system in its different states. There is a 'what it is to be like' a thermostat that is on or off, but its 'consciousness' could never be as rich as ours, as we have such a huge repertoire of possible brain states that are highly complex and unique from one another.
Sure we could work out all the math and describe consciousness down to the smallest detail, i.e. 'what are the necessary and sufficient conditions for consciousness arising out of physical matter'. That is a whole nother animal that will take decades. However, what I'm saying is that we now have a pretty good idea of what consciousness is, and where it comes from (brain function). Studying consciousness obviously makes it seem a much less mysterious thing, further short of a grand mystery. Now it seems more just eerie and fragile, Weird. However it has also added a new found appreciation for the experience of perception and subjectivity.
this isn't incredibly well written but you get the point. please critique, discuss, question, add, attack, etc.
does anyone agree or know what I mean? disagree?