AI & Consciousness

If AI "aims" to do anything, as the writer of this article from Scientific American suggests, therefore displaying self-arising intentions beyond its programming, is it not displaying some form of sentience or consciousness? The death of the mind of the fictional HAL 9000 AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey provides another illustrative example. The …

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All and Nothing

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you have to start with the big bang."Carl Sagan Objectivity We may or may not begin with time, the big bang, matter from nothing, or from within countless other stories shared among us. We may take the root sense of being for granted because the …

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Polyphony

"Songbirds sing. That is fact, not metaphor. They sing, and in the forest every morning, when a dozen or a hundred or a thousand individuals of six or ten or twenty different species sing at once, that is polyphonic music." When I first read these words in Robert Bringhurst's book, Everywhere Being is Dancing, it reminded me …

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Dreaming With Lemurs

Dreams mean different things to people according to culture, time and place. For tribal cultures, dreams were often revered by being incorporated into the life of its members through rites of passage, or taken as prophetic messages. These practices have mostly faded away in cultures where individuality is highly esteemed. As technology enables individuals to sustain …

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When Science Dreams

"I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY my brain doesn’t simply rest at night, as my body does, but instead sets to work creating an artificial world that seems as real as waking life." The use of the phrase, "my brain," in Andrea Rock's book, The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream, beautifully …

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