All Blog Posts Tagged 'consciousness' (12)

On a Better Metaphor for Consciousness

Until very recently, consciousness was considered sort of a “black box.” A mysterious phenomenon too complex to even attempt to explain in any objective manner. However, new theories are beginning to …

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Added by Edward Teach on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Project discourse: basic ideas

For an introduction to this project please see this post.

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Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:

  1. There's nothing in the universe except:

       -  matter acted on by physics

       -  whatever's involved…
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Added by Shaun Johnston on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Project: Discourse for saying what it means we evolved

I plan to use this personal blog space to solicit feedback on a personal project. I want to develop a way of talking about evolution that's different from darwinism. Having a second way of talking about being evolved would be like, in the 19th century, having both waves and particles as ways of thinking about light. You needed both then. In a similar way I think today we need more than one way of thinking about evolution.

I ask for your indulgence. First, I ask you not to defend…

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Added by Shaun Johnston on April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Life After Death an Atheists New Point of View

I really like to just think. Let your mind go and let the thoughts flow through your mind.

I also do this to help me go to sleep. It's hard to explain what happens, it's like I release

control of my thinking process and my mind starts going "What if this", "What if this",

"What if this", "What if this", "What if this", "What if this", then maybe a good thought

comes through and I say whoa, lets think about that for awhile. This may sound crazy

but its worked for me…

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Added by Larry Smith on June 28, 2012 at 6:16pm — 10 Comments

Emergent Properties of the Human Brain (continued)

In these discussions about self-determinism, some hard determinists dismissively parade opinion as fact. Their conviction trumps their rational integrity. We all need to be mindful that just about everything to do with free will and determinism is, thus far, a matter of opinion.



Almost 400 years ago, René Descartes claimed that, unlike the human body, the mind has no physical properties or spatial dimension: thus it can not be examined in the same way as the physical body. Today, we…

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Added by Atheist Exile on January 16, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments

Three Conundrums of Free Will

Introduction:

I've grown disappointed with philosophers on the subject of free will. The great philosophers of the past knew nothing about the brain. Modern philosophers contradict each other. What I've been trying to do is to stick with the knowledge we have and avoid philosophical entanglements and conjecture as much as possible. However, certain philosophical conundrums must be addressed, such as: (1) the false dichotomy of free will versus causality; (2)…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 17, 2011 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

Of Consciousness and confusion

The common viewpoint and generally accepted definition of consciousness is “awareness of the self or I”. This concept of “I” makes most of the confusion related to consciousness. Honestly, I haven’t so far been able to understand, accept or deny, or define this phenomenon which even science has just started studying and philosophers have always found difficult to handle.…

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Added by R K Sudan on September 17, 2011 at 8:54am — 6 Comments

Conclusions, Deductions and Corollaries of SC

Organized religion is incorrect and inappropriate. The doctrines, beliefs, and liturgies of Catholicism, Islam and Judaism should be classified with other mythologies.



It is the Earth and the natural environment that is sacred and deserves our love and respect—not plastic figurines of Christ, Moses or the Holy Prophet (may anxiety be with him for screwing up so many heads.)



Biodiversity must be preserved. The dwindling wildlife and deplorable extinctions at human hands are… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on November 24, 2009 at 5:56pm — 8 Comments

Species Consciousness Can Save Humanity

What is it about organized religion that irks me so? It’s like being on the Titanic as they headed for the iceberg. “Hey, you dopes, we’re headed for disaster. What the heck are you saying prayers for? Turn this oversized ego trip. You can still avoid hitting it.”



For centuries the Church has done the most sick, most demonic and most cruel work, via the Inquisition, to suppress Species Consciousness. The popes seemed to know that if people learned how we got here, their life of pomp,… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on November 24, 2009 at 5:53pm — 6 Comments

The Brain, the Whole Brain and Nothing but the Brain

This blog post stems from another discussion (elsewhere) that segued into the topic of mind versus brain. In order to illustrate that the mind is more than just the brain, I described the following scenario . . .


What would it be like if you were born completely paralyzed, with a normal brain but without a sensory nervous system to deliver stimuli to your brain from your sensory organs? Would it be possible to think or to have memories? In what ways could you be considered… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on September 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — 33 Comments

The Origin of Consciousness and (Human) Intelligence

Considering that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, consciousness and intelligence are relatively new phenomena in the universe. The seeds of these phenomena were planted when life first arose, some 3.7 billion years ago. Life introduced animate beings into a universe that had previously had only inanimate objects.



Life also introduced motility to the universe. Motility is the ability to move in a self-directed way. Motility is probably the root cause of… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 27, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Darwinian Natural Selection in Today's Society

(Originally posted on my personal blog, BrainlessGeorge.com.)



I stand firm with my thoughts on Darwinian Natural Selection. I’m quite sure that it has happened in humans in even recorded history. I think that the technological advances, and forms of entertainment, all have implications of evoluation. Since the dawn of man we’ve been evolving and furthering our thinking.



Why?



To better survive in an ever changing… Continue

Added by George S. on December 13, 2008 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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