artist rendition of a neural network

What is Consciousness?

Watching some interviews about “What is consciousness” with neuroscientists, this guy David Eagleman who seems really sharp explains why we chase materialism theories, that is that the squishy brainstuff is where consciousness hides, even tho it doesn’t make much sense, but we chase it because we have all this evidence of damage to this area causes these changes in people.

I think the brain functions like RAM. It only works because it’s active 24/7, every day of your life for years. I think strokes support this. If you have a stroke, every minute of a stroke causes huuuuge changes in a person’s personality. I think this is because the brain is “off”. So all of those carefully memories you’ve been carefully storing for decades are rapidly fading away, and when the brain is reactivated anything that faded away is gone. Now people can heal from strokes, somewhat, but that can be explained in the differences between organic matter and silicon. Perhaps a memory didn’t entirely fade, and can be rebuilt.

There’s a software tool used in usenet piracy that can rebuild a large multi-volume archive from a tiny portion of it’s data as long as you have enough “parity” files which are big chunks of generic data based on the entire archive. Brains might work similarly.

I’ve been interested in Cyberspace and The Matrix concepts since I first heard of them, but I think they are impossible currently.. while we might be able to pinpoint very rudimentary connections between brain activity and basic shapes or colors. The brain activity that is responsible for complex memories such as tastes, or classical music, is going to be unique in every brain. it will be a completely unique network of activity, as a result of that individual’s unique learning experiences thru life.

One of the reasons I find language so fascinating is because it allows us to share, in a very rough way, those ideas and memories even tho the way they are stored in our individual brains is completely different from one another.

I could be wrong, I’m not a neuroscientist, but I think I am right.

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