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August 13, 2019 Leave a comment

Multisense Realism Sight-Light Hypothesis

July 20, 2019 Leave a comment

• Transparency as the true center of the absolute visible spectrum, which is the spectrum of visibility itself.

• Colorless extremes (dark and light) as undersights and oversights. White and Black are the masking colors for sights outside of any given scope of vision.

• Color as sights.

 

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Objectivity is Unnatural

July 18, 2019 Leave a comment
Remember that objectivity is unnatural. To objectify is to separate and distance one part of an experience as an object of another part’s sensitivity.
 
If we begin with the universe as an eternal dream-like experience*, biology or life is to dream that the rest of the universe is an object. It is the first level of dream within a dream…a dream of nature one step removed. This is a huge step. It isolates one tiny sliver of nature in a spatio-temporal contract of mortality during which almost nothing can be sensed at all. It is a nearly senseless void except for whatever primitive sensations and emotions characterize life (pain-pleasure, tension-relaxation).
 
The first level of life objectifies the rest of the universal dream as a geometric-tangible edifice of non-life and ‘real’ surfaces (since it poses an existential threat to the mortality contract itself).
 
The second level of life adds the dimension of intentional movement. This adds to the realism of the non-living world with a new realism of self-as-body. Even on the microbiological scale, the animal experience is founded on the awareness of self as tangible body (object, shape, morphe) navigating purposefully in a world of tangible objects. This is the beginning of the phoric-morphic duality, and the ancestor of our subjective-objective sense of duality.
 
The third level of life adds a brain to the body. This is essentially a Level 2 body nested within another Level 2 body, nested within a Level 1 life within the Level 0 dream/God/cosmos. This nesting adds a second level of objectivity in which both the body and the world of the body can be viewed from a distance. The brain gives us an invisible body from which we can not only experience as subject-objects (living bodies) but thinking selves who can think about ourselves as intangible subjects and tangible objects, and also the world in the same ways, and also all of the relationships between the two. That’s another huge leap and it gives us the dimension of intentional thought…right and wrong thoughts.
 
The fourth level adds a level beyond the brain and thinking mind, which we have to infer or intuit because is can’t be perceptually objectified while we are alive. This is what makes us fully, deeply human and allows us not only to subj-objectify ourselves and the entire natural world, but to do the same for subjectivity-objectivity itself.
 
Of course this is only a rough sketch. There may be more intermediate levels, especially between 0 and 1 where stars and atoms become objectified by experiences which are later objectified as molecules and solar systems, etc.
 
Anyhow, I hope that helps some/any of you understand what I’m proposing and what I mean by Multisense Realism: A single universe of anesthetically** nested aesthetic experiences in which the nesting polarizes and extends qualities of realism-fantasy, objectivity-subjectivity.
 
*Dream-like in the sense of having no more ‘real’ substrate, not in the sense of being insubstantial or unreal.
 
** Spatial, temporal, and modal appearances of entropy.

Science of Consciousness 2019

July 2, 2019 Leave a comment

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It was great to be in Interlaken Switzerland for my fifth Science of Consciousness conference. I met some great friends, old and new, and had some great conversations while sightseeing one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Thanks to everyone there and hope to see many of you soon at the next convention(s?).

Can Effort Be Simulated?

January 12, 2019 Leave a comment

This may seem like an odd question, but I think that it is a great one if you’re thinking about AI and the hard problem of consciousness.

Let’s say I want my dishwasher to feel the sense of effort that I feel when I wash dishes. How would I do it? It could make groaning noises or seem to procrastinate by refusing to turn on for days on end, but this would be completely pointless from a practical perspective and it would only seem like effort in my imagination. In reality, any machine can be made to perform any function that it is able to do for as long as the physical parts hold up without any effort on anyone’s part. That’s why they are machines. That’s why we replace human labor with robot labor…because it’s not really labor at all.

It is very popular to think of human beings as a kind of machine and the brain as a kind of computer, but imagine if that were really true. You could wash dishes for your entire lifetime and do nothing else. If someone wanted a house, you could simply build it for them. Machines are useful precisely because they don’t have to try to do anything. They have no sense of effort. They don’t care what they do or don’t do.

You might say, “There’s nothing special about that. Biological organisms just evolved to have this sense of effort to model physiological limits.” Ok, but what possible value would that have to survival? Under what circumstances would it serve an organism to work less than the maximum that it could physiologically? Any consideration such as conserving energy for the Winter would naturally be rolled into the maximum allowed by the regulatory systems of the body.

So, I say no. Effort cannot be simulated. Effort is not equal to energy or time. It is a feeling which is so powerful that it dictates everything that we are able to do and unable to do. Effort is a telltale sign of consciousness. If we could sleep while we do the dishes, we would, because we would not have to feel the discomfort of expending effort to do it.

Any computer, AI, or robot that would be useful to us could not possibly have a sense of its own efforts as being difficult. Once we understand how a sense of effort is truly antithetical to machine behaviors, perhaps we can then begin to see why consciousness in general cannot be simulated. How would an AI that has no sense of not wanting to do the dishes every be able to truly understand what activities are pleasurable and what are painful?

Aesthetic Universe

August 12, 2017 1 comment

I use the word ‘aesthetic‘ in a universal way. Local anesthetic numbs sensation and general anesthetic suspends consciousness, so to me, existence itself is an irreducibly aesthetic phenomenon.

The Failure of Positivism And It’s Relevance Today

May 16, 2016 Leave a comment

In evaluating 20th century philosophy, a few names regularly crop up into most conversations. Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, many of them are Austrian or British, many are lo…

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