consciousness, Philosophy

Inner Experience Is Real, and It Matters

Our culture tends to devalue things that can’t be observed by multiple people, but some of the most important aspects of life (for instance, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, the very feeling of meaning) can’t be observed by anyone but the person experiencing them. In today’s post on PsychologyToday.com, I argue that it’s time we nevertheless recognized the reality of inner experience and its vital importance for our understanding of the universe.

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