After thinking a lot as a child about the universe around me, I came to read The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by David Chalmers which turned out to be one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I realized that philosophy was a field that would challenge my mind and make me think about the world I live in. My love of philosophy grew for the same reasons I grew to love science. They both strive to find answers about our universe and existence. Philosophy also explores ethics and morals in a non-religious manner which is very interesting to me. My main concentration of studies have centered on Philosophy of Science, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness Studies. I am currently working on getting a PhD in the latter two.
For many years I have been involved in activism and the fight for human rights. I was the Managing Director(2012-2015) at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies which is a think tank that was formed to study and debate vital questions concerning the ethical issues that future technologies will raise for the human species and beyond.
“The growing divide (poverty and education) threatens to increase traditional sources of conflict. Therefore, leading researchers in the early stages of the Consciousness Revolution have a responsibility to guide us through this third phase. Scientists and academic philosophers cannot simply confine themselves to making contributions to a comprehensive theory of consciousness and the self. If moral obligation exists, they must also confront the anthropological and normative void they have created. They must communicate their results in layman’s language and explain the developments to those members of society whose taxes pay their salaries. They cannot simply put all their ambition and intelligence into their scientific careers while destroying everything humankind has believed in for the past twenty-five hundred years.” - Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel, 215
This "Consciousness Revolution" that Metzinger is talking about is literally leading to a "comprehensive theory of consciousness and the self" which will turn out most likely to destroy the concept of the soul, afterlife, reincarnation, and most if not all forms of spirituality. What he means is that scientists and philosophers will have access to this information, concepts, and theories in very technical terms, but will have to find a way to communicate them to the rest of the population. The outcome of the "Consciousness Revolution" will most likely be that the self and consciousness is 1 of 3 things: part of the universe like gravity is (panpsychism), purely monistic (physicalist in nature - the way Bertrand Russell (before he died) and atheist Buddhists have thought and continue to think of the self and consciousness), or a type of emerged property by the complex system known as the brain. An emerged physicalist notion of the self and consciousness means emergentism, a philosophical concept about how new properties of the universe arise materialistically from complex systems.
The "divide" in the up-coming years should be closed, but that would require massive amounts of education around the world (the destruction of empires, capitalism, free trade, the Washington Consensus, and the unbelievable non-distribution of wealth by the “1%”) , and for people to open their minds to new ideas.
Education means less poverty, and this is important all around the world. Poverty, for example the, 1 billion people starving to death around the world must end. Education and wealth distribution must flourish. Like how the west saw the total disbelief in the Greek gods, our society and societies all around the world will be faced with an actual theory of the self and consciousness, most likely requiring people to do some hard introspection, and accept that the bible, koran, torah, the vedas, and the majority of buddhist texts are mostly, if not all complete nonsense. We can live in a world where science and philosophy, through objective critical thinking lead the way towards the truth about the self and consciousness.
Like agnostic/atheist buddhist's believe this can lead to a type of feeling of oneness among fellow human beings. The consciousness revolution does not have to be in your face like education like that of Harris, Dennett, Hitchens, and Dawkins, in fact it can be a slowish gradual paradigm shift to the truth, for it takes many years for people to start rejecting their own religion and spiritual beliefs. It is my hope, and life's work to see this happen, to contribute to the consciousness revolution by helping figuring out the workings of "consciousness". I also think that the evolution away from religion through science and philosophy while increasing education and the reduction of poverty worldwide can only lead to a better world.
I specialize in troubleshooting computer software and hardware issues, teaching people how to make the most of their personal computer, as well as building websites. I have been self employed in this field for over 15 years. Another passion I have developed is photography.