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In Praise of Wasting Time

2018-05-16T06:17:05+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: Consciousness, Mind, Technology, Uncategorized, Witnessing|

In Praise of Wasting Time (TED Books) by Alan Lightman In this timely and essential book that offers a fresh take on the qualms of modern day life, Professor Alan Lightman investigates the creativity born from allowing our minds to freely roam, without attempting to accomplish anything and without any assigned tasks.

Essays That Make Sense of the Infinite and the Infinitesimal

2018-05-16T06:20:54+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: Consciousness, Culture, Mind, Uncategorized|

Holt’s example is plain: Think well, eat well and seek out those who will nourish and challenge you. It’s this conviviality, and a crispness of style, that distinguish him as a popularizer of some very redoubtable mathematics and science. “My ideal is the cocktail-party chat,” he writes in the preface to his new essay collection,

Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul

2018-03-28T08:21:33+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Consciousness, Psychology, Uncategorized|

At sunset on the last day of the conference, the experts found themselves circling a familiar puzzle known as the “zombie problem.” Suppose that you’re a scientist studying octopuses. How would you know whether an octopus is conscious? It interacts with you, responds to its environment, and evidently pursues goals, but a nonconscious robot could

Mind-uploading service

2018-03-14T04:40:38+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Consciousness, Technology, Uncategorized|

Next week, at YC’s “demo days,” Nectome’s cofounder, Robert McIntyre, is going to describe his technology for exquisitely preserving brains in microscopic detail using a high-tech embalming process. Then the MIT graduate will make his business pitch. As it says on his website: “What if we told you we could back up your mind?”

How do I know I exist?

2018-03-14T16:59:36+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Consciousness, Meta, Uncategorized|

Could you be living inside a simulation created by a more advanced intelligence? Where does your unerring belief that you are not come from? — Read on