Daniel Black

This interview is part of a series exploring what different people think about consciousness. The plan is to pose the same basic question to people of different backgrounds (philosophers, religious figures, scientists, politicians, down to my sister), and learn how this affects their view of the world and themselves.

Daniel Black, author of Erectlocution, was kind enough to chat with me one day and we had a great discussion – have a listen.

  1. Hi, Thame,

    I really enjoyed the conversation, especially as a means of finding all the logical holes in how I think about consciousness, in general and as I apply it. I’ll be listening to it a couple more times, and may ask some follow-up questions.

    You’ve got a nice series here, and I’m glad to have been a part of it. Nice editing, too, by the way.



    Daniel Black

    Oct 9, 08:50 AM #

  2. Tom,Enjoying reading your thoughts and conversations. Need some info. on a more persoanl note. Could you please contact me on my e mail site? Thanks. Ron

    Ron Cohen

    Oct 28, 07:34 PM #

  3. I’ve thought a lot about consciousness in a narrative sense, especially for those who are Spiritually engaged and also engaged in videogames. Spirituality isn’t as foreign to the games scene as one would think, yet it’s extraordinarilly nebulous and complex.

    The only way one can truly engage with the concepts and process them is narrative. What story would form if you were to dive into the heart and mind of a spiritual gamer?

    I digress.

    This is a beautiful website. And I’m very impressed with your design. Mucho kudos!

    M. Joshua Cauller

    Nov 1, 09:39 AM #

  4. Consciousness is one of the things humanity has thinked about for long long time (along with death).And probably as many people that there are living, just as much are the different ideas about consciousness. We know consciousness is what makes us who we are , but do we know who we really are ? Consciousness is like trying to understand how you look without a mirror. You might see different parts of you but never the whole picture.

    Philosophy Encyclopedia

    Dec 3, 11:23 AM #

  5. Just found your page. You pose several different questions for discussion.

    Is it ethical or possible to constrain intelligent life?
    I believe it is completely (do you ever notice how people say ‘completely’ when they feel strongly about something but are not sure if they should feel so strongly about it? It’s a defence thing, I think), completely unethical to constrain intelligent life. I believe in the basic goodness of life and no matter where it looks like it’s evolving to, it will resolve itself to the point where it will have a positive effect on the universe.

    Why does humanity deserve to exist?
    See above + even if we don’t deserve it we still do (exist). I think, therefore I am which leads to I am, therefore I deserve to be. I’m torn between the whole here for a reason and here by accident debate. Are we just an accident? If so, can good and evil exist? Even if good and evil exist, doesn’t the concept of what is good and evil change every few hundred years? So, what then is the bottom line, the very basicness of good and evil and does that ever change? In some religions, it is seen as good for a man to kill his sister if she “disgraces” her family by some small act. Yet most of us see this as evil because of our culture. Perhaps the man who has killed his sister, while feeling that he has done well, has a small part of him deep down inside that haunts him for this act. It becomes more confusing for me the further I delve.


    I’m on facebook under Gemma Morgan if you want to have further discussions. I enjoy these sorts of chats but none of my friends seem to be interested in philosophy.

    If you’ve read this far, thanks for your patience!


    Feb 16, 08:41 AM #

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