Monday, December 06, 2010

name that saint!

Peter at Conscious Entities writes in his latest post:

Gopnik throws in the suggestion that self-aware, self-conscious thought is just the icing on the cake and that the basis of consciousness is that state where we take in information without consciously reviewing it (I imagine this fits with her view that adults develop a searchlight of focused attention in contrast to the widely scattered illumination of infant awareness); this is a view she attributes to David Hume (him again) and to Buddhists. In fact she thinks Hume might have got some of his views from Buddhism. This is not implausible historically: quite apart from the detailed case she makes we know that popular medieval stories were versions of Buddhist texts, even leading to Gautama’s informal recognition as a Christian saint.

Without looking-- can you name the saint? Ha ha-- I can! And hooray for a reference to Catholic-Buddhist cross-pollination!

Don't mind me. I'm just happy I know something.


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