Question fr you. How does a QM explanation of the extraordinariness of waking experience work? How doe it close the gap before any other process of physics. Because we think them both in some sense weird?
It is the processes of culture, logic, language and mathematics that manufacture a capacity for empiricism and rationality. Brains that are trained in such software are cultural products. Genetic evolution mostly can be said to deliver brains that “give a fuck”. There isn’t a single bit of rigorous logic amongst our 100 billion neurons. Its…[Read more]
“Memory” models do NOT explain “consciousness”
Nor did mine.
Consciousness, the objects and actions of which we are conscious, are those which our subconcious neural heuristics has identified as potentially salient. Its a first pass filter to identify as suitable for higher level (more energy intensive) deliberations. It is only th…[Read more]
you may be conflating “consciousness” with “conscious”…” Virtually all English dictionar(ies) ambiguously conflate the two, so why not everybody else ?
Ones a noun the others an adjective, so……???
These days we understand that what we are conscious of is only a fraction of what our senses may take in and using internal heuristics…[Read more]
Congratulations!! So all Xs or XnY?
Get them BioShock to play, teach them to scuba dive and soon enough they’ll be presenting Nova programs on the origins of life from Mid Atlantic City, half resort, half marine science University. Built by some hot black smokers…
@18, 20 Me too. Bought the excellent book as well.
I just thought I’d note how we are starting to see a usefull upsurge in women scientists becoming TV presenters/writers in this country. This is about time. Paleontologist Tori Herridge and astronomer Maggie Aderin-Pocock are producing great material and doing a lot to change the face of science…[Read more]
We have to hope for these Rosa Parks momeents…
Those wonderful folk who can commit a huge chunk of their lives to “the cause” make a huge difference in catalysing change. Being simply visible, coming out, is the next brave step more of us could manage. Coming out is healthier by far for any family life. Family secrets subvert a lot of…[Read more]
Why is Greta Christina’s rambling paragraph about “RESPECT” taken from the pages of “her” pipsqueak book appearing center stage at the venue of the Richard Dawkins Foundation?
Because (even if it was only done in his name) Richard is not petty. No one is anyone’s nemesis. Everyone has some disagreement with everyone.
(Respect was put in it…[Read more]
Yes but though self serving political expediency without a palpable reason is naked and clear, with a palpable reason, it shouldn’t license first a jump for cynicism.
In the UK I’ve met and talked to and socialised with a number of politicians, elected MPs, behind the scenes movers and shakers and I’ve had nothing but positive responses to their…[Read more]
I think I too would have made the calls that Hillary made on TPP.
It is a more moral plan to keep trade open and allow poorer communities to undrcut you. It is the way to lift people out of poverty with dignity, it is the way to create global stability through economic interdependency and it is a way to drive your own economy forward to…[Read more]
Penrose’s The Emperors New Mind (and earlier Shadows of the Mind) was a grave disappointment for me the first and only science book from a scientist as august as he to be relagated to a doorstop. Penrose was greatly hampered by a failure to understand the state of knowledge of neuro-science and the potential ease with which we feel we could…[Read more]
Very, interesting on authoritarianism.
I am puzzled by the claim it was equally spread between the parties in earlier times. When and who? I certainly recognise an earlier style of “Square Deal” Republican occupying a much more centre ground, perhaps confusing the voting issue.
But Jonathan Haidt firmly attaches authoritarianism…[Read more]
Why is changing one’s mind, why is the process of evolving on an issue, confused with dishonesty?
Because, the dishonest media, selling advertising, find hypocrisy better bait than some revised or nuanced facts and the subsequent reasoning and conclusions that result.
Because folk still believe in idealism over pragmatism, because they b…[Read more]
I wasn’t imagining guns, Pin, just having your life distorted to deal with this shit, but guns too.
The other issue is having support from enough folk happily atheist also. I notice Teresa McBain a Methodist minister who became atheist, part of the Clergy Project, publicly apologised for what atheists had to put up with from the likes of her,…[Read more]
I have to retract quite a number of things I have said and implied about Hillary.
My first beef with her about support for her husband on on zero tolerance policing I subsequently discovered that she (and he!) see the error of this. Now I discover that their combined effort on the Clinton Health Care plan was in my terms wholly admirable,…[Read more]
It was only half a jest. Folk shouldn’t have to give up a part of their life to fight the political cause of Atheism just because they are atheist. They have families and careers or may need to concentrate on saving the planet with that knockout novel. For a first timer why not think to move amongst a more tolerant community? Simply living…[Read more]
but I’ve conceded your obvious observation previously.
Yes, but without in any way detailing the concession, then immediately making a nonsense of it by claiming any animal utterance of qualities or categories deduced, answering a question, is nothing other than something somehow simply rehearsed. It is the most worthless of c…[Read more]
Melvin. Strawman. I am not making any of those claims the journalist is attacking. I was challenging your assertion that verbal responses where always and entirely empty of the animals own thinking. I am talking neural processes that single word responses can (impressively) reveal. Only ever have been.
Everything okay? 🙂
No real problem thanks, Dan. But perhaps a new plan for better using my time
We have talked before of my interest in what goes for typical American narratives (like the paucity of narratives for managing failure and how it traps poorer and demoralised folk in keeping up appearances and not demanding societal help.) You…[Read more]
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