The Jewish view of consciousness is not of homeostasis but of dynamism, conflict and change. Each moment we choose whether to be selfish or kind, impulsive or reflective.
Our souls develop within a web of relationships and it is through our experiences and actions that we evolve into who we are and how we think.
At the Jewish Center of Princeton, NJ, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School, joined Michael Graziano, PhD, to explore the topic “How Do You Think? A Jewish & Scientific Exploration of Consciousness.”
I have a confession to make: I’m enjoying the illusion of consciousness. I’m enjoying the illusion of life.
Is there some unique essence that separates natural-born humans from creations that seem to reproduce the same electro-chemical workings as the human brain (“a soul”)?
Awareness, intentionality and self-knowledge have become rich sources of scientific inquiry. Interestingly, these ideas also have deep resonance with teachings found within Jewish tradition.