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Metzinger’s View of Consciousness

What a concise, accessible, even wonky definition of “the main function of consciousness” — something on par with nothing I have ever read before in such a concise phrasing.

Thomas Metzinger is a renowned philosopher. A professor of theoretical philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, he also meditates daily for the last 40 years or so. The more you hear of him, the more deeply impressed one becomes: While deeply schooled in academic philosophy, he certainly is not boxed in by that. He truly sees the nature of reality more deeply than nearly any philosopher or academic I have heard of. “The main function of consciousness is to maximize flexibility and context sensitivity.” Wow.

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