Friday, 10 June 2011

New Scientist: ”Evolution Does Not Explain Consciousness”

We cannot invoke this organ to explain consciousness. Image courtesy Henry Vandyke Carter, Public Domain.

Joel Kontinen

The equation consciousness = the brain does not work. “We have failed to explain how consciousness equates to neural activity inside the skull because the task is self-contradictory,” says professor Raymond Tallis in this week’s New Scientist.

Tallit, who is a professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester, UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, refutes this Darwinian equation in his new book Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Acumen, 2011).

He gives a summary of his ideas in New Scientist, saying that in contrast to what the orthodox Darwinian view postulates, consciousness cannot be reduced to neural activity nor can a physical organ be used to explain something that is non- physical.

According to professor Tallis, Darwinian evolution fails and will always fail to explain an immaterial trait with a material reason because it is impossible.

Evolutionists, known as latter-day Sadducees, would like to explain everything by material causes. However, reality has more dimensions than what they are willing to admit.


Tallis, Ray. 2011. You won't find consciousness in the brain. New Scientist 2742: 28-29.