Single Idea 9780

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / d. Purpose of consciousness]

Full Idea

Consciousness is a kind of mistake, a malfunction of evolution, and out of this mistake a miracle occurred.

Gist of Idea

Consciousness is a malfunction of evolution

Source

Slavoj Zizek (Conversations, with Glyn Daly [2004], 2)

Book Reference

Zizek,Slavoj: 'Conversations with Zizek (with G.Daly)' [Polity 2004], p.59


A Reaction

Rather hard to prove, but actually quite an uplifting thought. If consciousness only evolved so that we could navigate and defend ourselves, our 'higher' activities seem irrelevant. But Zizek's view means we can make them central. Nice.