What Do You Call A Guy Who Thinks He Was Jack The Ripper In A Previous Life?

If you haven’t been following the Derb’s notes on the consciousness studies conference he’s attending, you should be. This stuff is awesome.

You can follow along here and here and here and here and here and no doubt in further posts in The Corner, so do check back again later today or tomorrow.

As someone with a lot of instinctive sympathy for Roger Penrose’s position on these matters (in a nutshell: quantum reality is really strange; the “hard problem” of consciousness is really strange; quantum reality is really strange in ways that seem to implicate consciousness in the structure of reality itself; and neuronal microtubules appear to present a mechanism for quantum-level reality to be implicated in the functioning of consciousness; therefore some version of panpsychism may actually correspond to reality), I’m very encouraged that there’s some real research going on in this area, producing actual data. I’m also really excited to learn a new word – hylozoism – that turns out actually to be an old word, and a very good conjecture to boot.

Oh: the answer to the title question? A metempsychotic.

I got a million of ‘em.