Our world is a shared experience, diversified by individual perspectives.
How do we (atheists) define it?
How do philosophers define it?
How do scientists define it?
How do theologians define it?
How do others, and history and myth define it?
How do YOU, personally define it?
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I was reasonably conscious of having posted it before but it is worth another look 🙂 I spent two full days at the Schrodinger lectures. Time and money well spent.
Did you get to see the book link in today’s school?
Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans
Link to Scientific American article
[…] In a new study, technology replaces language as a means of communicating by directly linking the activity of human brains.
[…] A magnetic pulse was delivered to the receiver using a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)…
[I’m just starting this new topic here as a placeholder for coming discussions. A reminder: As alluded to in this group’s group policy, most posts that members contribute will likely be left as is, but are still subject to possible edits or movement to another topic by a group admin for the sake of keeping topics in this Consciousness Group cogent…[Read more]
Can androids dream of electric sheep?
@Unseen, I apologize for my first, rambling response to your post, and/so following is more to the point.
That is a really important question, and I think that since we don’t know if/how we’ll ever be able to reproduce or create consciousness artificially, I feel strongly that experimentally…[Read more]
(Thanks to Reg for the first two links below which I’ve borrowed from his post.)
Podcasts (list last updated 2019 SEP 20)
List of speakers here with several talks that are relevant (or just interesting). 5 Nobel Laureates among them.
That is an awesome and challenging list! I’ll first see what I can find and share having to do with specialized areas of the brain.
So we can study “development” at the individual level who’s growing up, at the species level genetically, or at the cultural level over hundreds or thousands of years of genetic and cultural evolution.
I’m sure there are also other interesting perspectives, but I’d really like to mention new research on how dogs may have evolved with us,…[Read more]
Related to my previous post…
I think it’s useful to know that Jaak sorted his primal list largely based on the order in which they probably evolved in brains, so it also reflects largely on which parts of the brain have the “deepest” physiology and evolved usage.
SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC, PLAY.
More advanced…[Read more]
First, some terms and concepts, to highlight the underlying binary nature of how the nervous system and brain operate, although some of you may want to skip the details and jump into the video.
- Our brain is a complex signal processor that evolved from simpler brains, that evolved from simple sensory and control circuits.
- Brains receive sensory…
[…] so if one of these Turing-humans gave you art and it was good enough to be bought and sold on the fine art market, would that necessarily imply a consciousness generating it? And why (whatever your answer is)?
Remember, my concern is whether this being is having experiences, because I think that is what consciousness is…
If I created a very smart machine that turned out paintings, and it had a very human interface (Japanese automatons are becoming creepily believable in terms of their “social stimulus value,” so if one of these Turing-humans gave you art and it was good enough to be bought and sold on the fine art market, would that necessarily imply a…[Read more]
Posting here rather than repeating like a broken record in Unseen’s topic:
We already know that decisions happen before we are aware that we made them […]
It still feels like I made the decision, whether or not it feels like it took time to happen. No definition of “experience” or “I” or “consciousness” or “sub-consciousness” can…[Read more]
(I wrote the following post for Unseen’s excellent topic “Why Are We Conscious?“, but decided to post it here instead so as to not distract from his intended topic trajectory. I love this topic and think it fits well here. Most significant imo is the link to Jaak Pansepp’s work in the next-to-last paragraph.)
Again, it comes down to…
Like I said, consciousness may simply be an accident. One that happened to certain beings on the planet, or maybe just to you.
That’s reasonable, or at least I’d say a long series of accidents that were selected by evolution to live on in genes. Life itself was shaped that way, in uncountable series’ of uncountable accidents and…[Read more]
If you really want to doubt, how can you be sure that you are conscious of anything real at all?
I’m not well learned in philosophy, so my opinions will often be relatively uninformed. That said…
I visualize “the hard problem” as being difficult, only because we so strongly tend to assume there must be some kind of meta nature…[Read more]
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