20 MAR 2015 by ideonexus

 The Tipping Point of Sentience

When Mike was installed in Luna, he was pure thinkum, a flexible logic--"High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV, Mod. L"--a HOLMES FOUR. He computed ballistics for pilotless freighters and controlled their catapult. This kept him busy less than one percent of time and Luna Authority never believed in idle hands. They kept hooking hardware into him--decision-action boxes to let him boss other computers, bank on bank of additional memories, more banks of associational neur...
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15 OCT 2014 by ideonexus

 Becoming a "Be-er" of Other People

For a while, one’s speaking is largely “fake” — that is, one is thinking in one’s native language but substituting words quickly enough to give the impression that the thinking is going on in the second language; however, as one’s experience with the second language grows, new grammatical habits form and turn slowly into reflexes, as do thousands of lexical items, and the second language becomes more and more rooted, more and more genuine. One gradually becomes a fluent thinker in...
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16 MAR 2014 by mxplx


Folksonomies: consciousness freewill
Folksonomies: consciousness freewill

a field that exist in it’s own parallel realm of existence outside reality so can’t be seen - substance dualism

consciousness and it’s states are functions the brain performs - functionalism

a physical property of matter like electromagnetism , just not one we know about -property dualism

all matter has a psychic part , consciousness is just the psychic part of brain -pan psychism

mental states are physical events that we can see in brain scans -identity theory

a sensation that grows inevitably out of complicated mental states - emergent dualism

literally just behaviour ,when we behave in certain way we appear conscious -behaviourism

an accidental side effect of complex physical processes in brain -epiphenomenalism

quantum physics over classical physics can better explain it -quantum consciousness

the sensation of your most significant thoughts being highlighted - cognivitism

consciousness is higher order of thoughts ,thought about other thoughts - higher order theory

a continuous stream of ever recurring phenomena ,pinched like eddies into isolated minds -buddhism

21 JUN 2013 by mxplx

 I am my connectome


We know that each of us is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, our uniqueness resides. Is it in our genes? The structure of our brains? Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our personality. But our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. The question is: how? Sebastian Seung, a dynamic professor at MIT, is on a quest to discover the biological basis of identity. He believes it lies in the pattern of connections between the brain’s neurons, which change slowly over time as we learn and grow. The connectome, as it’s called, is where our genetic inheritance intersects with our life experience. It’s where nature meets nurture. Seung introduces us to the dedicated researchers who are mapping the brain’s connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It is a monumental undertaking—the scientific equivalent of climbing Mount Everest—but if they succeed, it could reveal the basis of personality, intelligence, memory, and perhaps even mental disorders. Many scientists speculate that people with anorexia, autism, and schizophrenia are "wired differently," but nobody knows for sure. The brain’s wiring has never been clearly seen. In sparklingly clear prose, Seung reveals the amazing technological advances that will soon help us map connectomes. He also examines the evidence that these maps will someday allow humans to "upload" their minds into computers, achieving a kind of immortality. Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story, told with great passion and authority. It presents a daring scientific and technological vision for at last understanding what makes us who we are. Welcome to the future of neuroscience

26 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 Two Views of Consciousness

There is no end of hypotheses about consciousness, particularly by philosophers. But most of these are not what we might call principled scientific theories, based on observables and related to the functions of the brain and body. Several theories of consciousness based on functionalism and on the machine model of the mind... have recently been proposed. These generally come in two flavors: one in which consciousness is assumed to be efficacious, and another in which it is considered an epiph...
Folksonomies: consciousness
Folksonomies: consciousness
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One view is that it is the executive function of the brain, the other is that it is a byproduct of its processing.

23 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 Consciousness is the Last Mystery

Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery. A mystery is a phenomenon that people don't know how to think about—yet. There have been other great mysteries: the mystery of the origin of the universe, the mystery of life and reproduction, the mystery of the design to be found in nature, the mysteries of time, space, and gravity. These were not just areas of scientific ignorance, but of utter bafflement and wonder. We do not yet have the final answers to any of the questions ...
Folksonomies: science consciousness
Folksonomies: science consciousness
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Not because we don't understand it, There are lots of things we don't understand, but because we don't even know how to think about it.

12 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Consciousness Cannot Go Through the Same State Twice

It is with our entire past ... that we desire, will and act ... from this survival of the past it follows that consciousness cannot go through the same state twice. The circumstances may still be the same, but they will act no longer on the same person ... that is why our duration is irreversible.
Folksonomies: philosophy consciousness
Folksonomies: philosophy consciousness
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The very act of going through a state it has been through before will alter the experience by the previous experience.

20 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 I Think; Therefore, I Am

I suppose, then, that all the things that I see are false; I persuade myself that nothing has ever existed of all that my fallacious memory represents to me. I consider that I possess no senses; I imagine that body, figure, extension, movement and place are but the fictions of my mind. What, then, can be esteemed as true? Perhaps nothing at all, unless that there is nothing in the world that is certain. But how can I know there is not something different from those things that I have just...
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Descartes most important contribution to philosophical thought.

29 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Self-Awareness is Not the Self

Is self-awareness what constitutes a self? Self-awareness can be altered by psychoactive drugs, electrical stimulation, political or religious propaganda, even advertising.
Folksonomies: consciousness identity
Folksonomies: consciousness identity
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Self-awareness is too easily influenced.

28 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Can a Machine Die?

"Die? Can a machine die?" "I can cease to exist, sir. Call it by whatever word you wish. I am old. Not one sentient being in the Galaxy that was alive when I was first given consciousness is still alive today; nothing organic; nothing robotic. Even I myself lack continuity." "In what way?" "There is no physical part of my body, sir, that has escaped replacement, not only once but many times. Even my positronic brain has been replaced on five different occasions. Each time the contents of m...
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Not in the sense in which humans die, but a machine will eventually become so overwhelmed with ideas that it will cease to function through indecision.