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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Stop Messing With My Consciousness!

I’m the kind of guy to laugh at this. You know that we are both to blame for this. Consciousness it would seem is quite a problem for science. Now I know what you’re going to say. How do I know that you are not messing with me? I’ve been known to lie.
I just want to know the truth. Consciousness it seems is much more complicated than if the neurons switching on and off in that giant melon of yours qualifies for it. If the theory is correct, that iTouch in your hand may have some level of consciousness.
The story runs like this, all consciousness is based on information. The wider array of states that your mind can achieve, the higher its awareness. Consider this a count on the number of unique states that your mind can compute. The next measure is the integration of your mind or any other. It is another count on the cross-linking of the neurons in your mind or the transistors in a processor. You won’t like this, but that hard drive in your computer can hold far more memories than your mind ever will. The argument goes that since its not cross-linked, that it does not count. The computer does not give any meaning to the blood fest at your last Halloween Party, but the police will.
In neuroscience, they use the quantity phi to measure the integration of casual components. The higher that phi is, the higher your synergy. One consequence of this is that every organism from you to that Cobra about to bite you has some minimal awareness. The cache is that it is awfully hard to calculate for even the simplest organisms. All the computers in Google’s inventory can’t even computer phi for the simple roundworm and its 302 nerve cells.
This theory is still very incomplete, and in my view only philosophy. Any study deserving to be considered science must be at least testable. My view is that the definition of integration is arbitrary, and requires more specifics. The transistors inside a microprocessor may have a limited number of connections between the registers, but software provides nearly unlimited possibilities for sorting the data. The same could also be said for the performance of the human mind, using the reasonable assumption that our brains are more or less constant between individuals and that it is our innovation and experience that count. While I’m on the subject, information theory in physics has provided a basis for which all physical systems in nature can execute computations in the action of changing states, like with the fusing of two hydrogen atoms.


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