I am not sure if I should congratulate Professor of Philosophy Joe Cruz ’91 on his start in the world of blogging, or warn him away. Blogging has a tendency to, uh, shift ones attention away from real work. He asks “Am I conscious?” and notes that:
My memory of yesterday is conscious right now. Can it tell me anything about whether I was conscious yesterday? I might protest that I remember my arms being cold, and, moreover, I remember seeing the landscape and feeling the raindrops against my face. Those are all conscious sensations. Correction: I consciously remember them now, and the experiences are conscious in me NOW, which is to say that I have no evidence that they were conscious in me THEN.
To which I can only respond: Take the blue pill.