Archive for February, 2013

Consciousness Removed and Objective Reality

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

It’s often useful to identify the key properties of something by asking what we’d be left with if that thing were removed.  If consciousness were taken from the world, what would we be left with?  However a person answers this question tells a lot about their worldview. To some, especially those with an extreme reductionist […]

I Don’t Like These Drones

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

NBC news recently got a hold of a U.S. Justice Department memo revealing that the U.S. government feels it’s allowed to kill American citizens, without trial, without due process, secretly and without oversight.  They use a drone and bomb you from above.  You’ll never even see it coming. “A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that […]

The Neural Correlates Of Consciousness

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

In 2004, eight prominent neuroscientists wrote a paper on consciousness which began by stating, “We have no idea how consciousness emerges from the physical activity of the brain and we do not know whether consciousness can emerge from non-biological systems, such as computers… At this point the reader will expect to find a careful and […]

The Elf Machine Dome

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

There’s several ways to go about studying the link between consciousness and brain activity.  You can, for instance, study patients who have suffered various forms of brain damage, examine what cognitive functions they’ve lost, and go from there.  However, I’ve been speculating that as nanotechnology comes into play, and we build super tiny computers which […]