- The Mystery of Consciousness Continues — The New York Review of Books
- “I do not just have a sequence of unrelated neutral qualitative states that could belong to anybody, but I have them as part of a coherent unity that is constitutive of and experienced as myself. So if consciousness is somehow always related to the self, then it seems natural to think that maybe the key to understanding the neurobiology of consciousness is by way of the neurobiology of the self.”
- The Final Word On Life After Death — N.P.R.
- “There simply is no controlled, experimental verifiable information to support either the “you rot” vs. “you go on” positions. In the absence of said information we are all free to believe as we like but, I would argue, it behooves us to remember that truly “public” knowledge on the subject – the kind science exemplifies – remains in short supply.”
- Prizefighting And The Limits Of Agnosticism — N.P.R.
- “It is like asking for the boxer to prove his credentials as a champion before the fight, forgetting that only the fight’s outcome can legitimize the title. And so with truth. It is the theory’s explanatory power — its ability to deal with the evidence, its being supported by the evidence — that gives us reason to support it, that gives us reason to believe it.”
- Physics and the Immortality of the Soul — Cosmic Variance
- “Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle: the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood, and there’s no way within those laws to allow for the information stored in our brains to persist after we die. If you claim that some form of soul persists beyond death, what particles is that soul made of? What forces are holding it together? How does it interact with ordinary matter?”