Friday, 21 March 2014

Quantum Qualia?

Genuine progress on the Hard Problem of consciousness? Maybe.
A proposal that avoids issues with the reductionist position that experience of consciousness emerges from complexity in the physical world. Then goes further: offering a plausible substrate from which both a physical reality and a subjective mind can arise, and a mechanism for a casual communication between them.


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Consciousness more than an epi-phenomenon

image: http://a-parrot.deviantart.com/art/Le-grand-voyage-150205353

"It is worth contemplating that, though an evolutionary player Y is so easily beaten.. ..it is exactly evolution, on the hugely larger canvas of DNA-based life, that ultimately has produced X, the player with the mind."


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

‘Time-wars’ by Mark Fisher


Friday, 14 March 2014

X Particle Explains Dark Matter and Antimatter at the Same Time

Nice and neat idea.

"After all the particles and anti-particles that could find each other collided and eliminated each other, the universe was left with some extra neutrons and a corresponding number of extra anti-dark matter particles."

With Spin Foams and Hologram inscribed event horizons, this is likely more a handy mnemonic, something like "The Left Hand Rule for Motors", than an illumination of the Universe's fundamental truths. 



Monday, 10 March 2014

Microtubules the "tape archive" of the brain?

Evidence for an unexpected new level of organization in the brain is slowly building. In addition to the possibility that quantum effects may be relevant in cognition, there is also evidence that long term memory is "archived" onto microtubules. Taken together these mechanisms probably increase the complexity required to accurately simulate neuron by a factor of a Million - postponing post-humanity, and delaying the Singularity by thirty years.
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph

Cytoskeletal Signaling: Is Memory Encoded in Microtubule Lattices by CaMKII Phosphorylation?


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Is this life real or a simulation? – Matthew R Francis – Aeon

...if we accept the eventual complexity of computer hardware, it's quite probable we're already part of an 'ancestor simulation', a virtual recreation of humanity's past.