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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1275 on: 14/12/2013 19:39:21 »
My business as a scientist is to answer questions, not to guess what the questioner might be thinking about. And if you start the conversation by saying "you cannot possibly answer this question, or if you do, I won't believe you" then I dismiss you as a timewaster.
This is exactly what he has done - he admits he can't explain the consciousness experiments discussed earlier, so he dismisses them as flawed because they contradict his assumptions about materialism which are, in turn, based on his assumptions about consciousness itself, ("materialism is false , mainly thanks to consciousness"). He rejects empirical evidence about consciousness because it contradicts his a-priori assumptions about consciousness...

I'm sure he's aware that the gaping hole in that ridiculous circular 'logic' is the unsupported assumption that consciousness cannot be of material origin, but he seems quite unable even to consider the alternative. The truth is, we don't yet know, but Don insists that he does with a vehemence that suggests it's a threat to his entire belief system.

Since materialism is false , then those experiments and other ones must be explained in non-materialist ways , if they happened / happen to be flawless at least .

Since materialism is false , thanks to consciousness mainly , then the latter must be non-physical or non-material, since not 'all is matter " .

Consciousness that cannot have arisen from just physics and chemistry , no way .
When are you gonna be able to get this simple fact then ?
How can the subjective qualitative qualia "emerge or rise ' from neuro-chemistry , from matter , via some sort of magical materialist metaphysical 'computation or emergence property trick " , since consciousness is totally different from its alleged original neural components it allegedly 'emerged " from : it's a total form of lunacy to assume that consciousness can rise or emerge from the physical brain activity = materialist magic in science ,the latter must be liberated from , if science wanna be able to shed some sort of light on ...consciousness = materialism has been the one that has been preventing science from trying to do  just the latter .
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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1276 on: 14/12/2013 19:41:26 »
How to Study  Consciousness ...Scientifically ? :

Guys : it goes without saying that i do not agree much with John Searle's views , as displayed here below , but , do feel free to  express your own views on the subject :

Thanks, appreciate indeed :

Here you go :

How to Study Consciousness Scientifically:
The most important scientific problem of the present era is one that until recently
most scientists did not regard as a suitable topic for scientific investigation at all.
It is simply this:
 How exactly do brain processes cause consciousness?
 Given our present models of brain functioning, it would be an answer to the question, "How do lower level neuronal firings at the synaptic connections cause all of our subjective experiences?" This is one of those areas of science where our ability to get a solution to the scientific problem is impeded by a series of philosophical obstacles and misunderstandings.
 We have in previous lectures begun to see some of these misunderstandings, and in this lecture, I want to make them fully explicit so that we can remove them.
This is one of those areas of science where progress is impeded by philosophical errors.
There are certain general background assumptions that underlie these specific
errors, and I will try to make these assumptions fully explicit as well.
 As with most philosophical mistakes, once you articulate the problem exactly, you can see its solution.

I. Three Background Assumptions:
A. Residual Cartesian dualism:
We still tend to think that mental phenomena in general, and consciousness in particular, are not part of the ordinary physical world in which we live.
B. The distinction between nature and machine.
Like the mind-body distinction, this was a useful distinction in the seventeenth century that has become an obstacle to progress in the twentieth century.
 The recent debates about chess playing computers reveal the sorts of confusions we are making.
C. The failure to distinguish between those features of reality that are intrinsic or observer-independent, from those that are observer-dependent or observer-relative.
 It is important to see that consciousness is observer-independent.
 It is an intrinsic feature of reality.
II. Here are nine philosophical errors that have prevented us from getting progress on this subject matter.
 I try to state and expose each:
A. Consciousness cannot be defined. We do not have a satisfactory definition.
Answer: We need to distinguish analytical from common-sense definitions.
 Analytic definitions come at the end, not at the beginning of our investigation.
 We can get a common-sense definition of consciousness easily at the outset.
B. Consciousness is, by definition, subjective; science is objective, so there
can be no science of consciousness.
Answer: We need to distinguish the epistemic sense of the objective-subjective
distinction from the ontological sense.
 Consciousness is ontologically subjective, but that does not prevent an epistemically
objective science.
C. We could never explain how the physical causes the mental.
Answer: We know that it happens. Our puzzles are like earlier problems in the history of science such as explaining life and electromagnetism.
D. We need to separate qualia from consciousness and leave the problem of
qualia on one side.
Answer: There is no distinction between consciousness and qualia.
Conscious states are qualia down to the ground.
E. Epiphenomenalism: Consciousness cannot make a difference to the world.
Answel": Consciousness is no more epiphenomenal than any other higher level features of reality.
F. What is the evolutionaty function of consciousness? It plays no role.
Answer: Even our most basic activities, eating, procreating, raising our young, are conscious activities. If anything, the evolutionary role of consciousness is too obvious.
G. The causal relation between brain and consciousness implies dualism.
Answer: This objection confuses event causation with bottom-up causation.
H. Science is by definition, reductionistic. A scientific account of consciousness must reduce it to something else.
Answer: We need to distinguish explanatory reductions from eliminative reductions. You cannot eliminate anything that really exists and consciousness really exists.
I. Any scientific account of consciousness must be an information processing account.
Answer: Information processing is observer-relative. Consciousness is intrinsic, observer-independent.

John Searle .
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1277 on: 14/12/2013 20:26:14 »



I am entiteld to hold that opinion or belief of mine : i just do not impose it as "the scientific world view ", as materialism has been doing to all sciences for that matter , by imposing its materialist false conception of nature , as the 'scientific world view ".
Non-materialists views of the world are unfalsifiable = unscientific , as materialism is by the way , but that does not mean they are all necessarily false , as materialism is .


What is the difference between religious dualism and the scientific kind? What specific properties do they share, or what is a property one has that the other does not have?
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1278 on: 14/12/2013 20:39:57 »
"Mind , Matter and Quantum Mechanics " By Henry Stapp :


Introduction
1 . . . and then a Miracle Occurs
A satisfactory understanding of the connection between mind and matter
should answer the following questions: What sort of brain action corresponds
to a conscious thought? How is the content of a thought related to
the form of the corresponding brain action? How do conscious thoughts
guide bodily actions?
Answers to these questions have been heretofore beyond the reach of
science: the available empirical evidence has been unable to discriminate
between alternative theories. Recently, however, mind/brain research has
provided powerfully discriminating data that lift these questions from the
realm of philosophy to that of science and lend strong support to definite
answers.
In attempts to understand the mind–matter connection it is usually assumed
that the idea of matter used in Newtonian mechanics can be applied
to the internal workings of a brain. However, that venerable concept does
not extrapolate from the domain of planets and falling apples to the realm of
the subtle chemical processes occurring in the tissues of human brains. Indeed,
the classical idea of matter is logically incompatible with the nature of
various processes that are essential to the functioning of brains. To achieve
logical coherence one must employ a framework that accommodates these
crucial processes. A quantum framework must be used in principle.
Quantum theory is sometimes regarded as merely a theory of atomic
phenomena. However, the peculiar form of quantum effects entails that ordinary
classical ideas about the nature of the physical world are profoundly
incorrect in ways that extend far beyond the properties of individual atoms.
Indeed, the model of physical reality most widely accepted today among
physicists, namely that of Heisenberg, has gross large-scale nonclassical
effects. These, when combined with contemporary ideas about neural processing,
lead to a simple model of the connection between mind and brain
that is unlike anything previously imagined in science. This model accommodates
the available empirical evidence, much of which is highly restrictive
and from traditional viewpoints extremely puzzling.
4 1 . . . and then a Miracle Occurs
Competing theories of the mind–brain connection seem always to have
a logical gap, facetiously described as “. . . and then a miracle occurs”. The
model arising from Heisenberg’s concept of matter has no miracles or special
features beyond those inherent in Heisenberg’s model of physical reality
itself. The theory fixes the place in brain processing where consciousness
enters, and explains both the content of the conscious thought and its causal
efficacy.
This model of the mind/brain system is no isolated theoretical development.
It is the rational outcome of a historical process that has occupied
most of this century, and that links a series of revolutions in psychology and
physics. Although the model can be discussed in relative isolation, it is best
seen within the panorama of the twentieth-century scientific thought from
which it arose.
The historical and logical setting for these developments is the elucidation
byWilliam James, at the end of nineteenth century, of the clash between
the phenomenology of mind and the precepts of classical physics. I shall
presently describe some of James’s key points, and will then review, from
the perspective they provide, some of the major twentieth-century developments
in psychology: the behaviorist movement, the cognitive revolution,
and the dominant contemporary theme, materialism. On the physics side,
the crucial developments are Einstein’s special theory of relativity, quantum
theory, the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen paradox, and the development
of some models of physical reality that meet the demands imposed by the
nature of quantum phenomena. Among these models the one proposed by
Heisenberg is, in my opinion, the best.
Coupled to James’s conception of
mind it produces a model of the mind–matter universe that realizes within
contemporary physical theory the idea that brain processes are causally influenced
by subjective conscious experience
.

This model of the mind/brain links diverse strands of science, principally
physics, psychology, and brain physiology. I shall endeavor to provide the
necessary background in all three areas. However, I do not follow historical
order but construct instead a rational narrative.
The first critical point, which underlies everything else, is the fact that the
peculiarities of nature revealed by quantum phenomena cannot be dismissed
as esoteric effects that appear only on the atomic scale. The Einstein–
Podolsky–Rosen paradox, by itself, makes manifest the need for a radical
restructuring of our fundamental ideas about the nature of physical reality.
It also shows that this restructuring cannot be confined to the atomic scale.
Quantum physicists have for years been proclaiming this need for a profound
revision of ordinary ideas about the nature of the physical world. But their
reasons have usually been based upon interpretations of atomic phenomena

that are accessible only to experts in the field. To outsiders the whole
business has remained shrouded in mystery. But the EPR paradox is a
puzzle that can be expressed wholly in terms of behaviors of objects that are
directly observable to the unaided eye.
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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1279 on: 14/12/2013 20:45:10 »



I am entiteld to hold that opinion or belief of mine : i just do not impose it as "the scientific world view ", as materialism has been doing to all sciences for that matter , by imposing its materialist false conception of nature , as the 'scientific world view ".
Non-materialists views of the world are unfalsifiable = unscientific , as materialism is by the way , but that does not mean they are all necessarily false , as materialism is .


What is the difference between religious dualism and the scientific kind? What specific properties do they share, or what is a property one has that the other does not have?

What are you talking about ?  what scientific kind ? what do you mean exactly ?

Science has been materialist ,since the 19th century at least , remember .

I don't get what you were trying to say .

Can you be more specific, please ?

P.S.: I am a dualist period , leave that "religious " out of it then .
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1280 on: 14/12/2013 20:49:02 »
Guys :

I am just 'stealing " food , food for the mind ,food   for you as starving "soulless " (kidding ) materialists : nothing much wrong about just that ,so, don't complain about that ,please: you should be thanking me for that in fact : no need though  .
Thanks, appreciate indeed .
Ciao.
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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1281 on: 14/12/2013 21:02:48 »
Quantum physicist Henry Stapp seems to be my kindda scientist ,whose work i am gonna try to explore , really : awesome .

Stapp does introduce some real fresh and innovative air ,into the suffocating dark exclusive false orthodox dogmatic materialist mainstream 'scientific world view " : great .

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Consciousness:

Some of Stapp's work concerns the implications of quantum mechanics for consciousness.

Stapp favors the idea that quantum wave functions collapse only when they interact with consciousness as a consequence of "orthodox" quantum mechanics. He argues that quantum wave functions collapse when conscious minds select one among the alternative quantum possibilities.[6]His hypothesis of how mind may interact with matter via quantum processes in the brain differs from that of Penrose and Hameroff. While they postulate quantum computing in the microtubules in brain neurons, Stapp postulates a more global collapse, a 'mind like' wave-function collapse that exploits certain aspects of the quantum Zeno effect within the synapses. Stapp's view of the neural correlate of attention is explained in his book, Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer (2007).[7]

In this book he also credits John Von Neumann's Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (1955, 1932) with providing an "orthodox" quantum mechanics demonstrating mathematically the essential role of quantum physics in the mind.

Wikipedia .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Stapp
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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1282 on: 14/12/2013 21:46:11 »
Damn : i should have studied quantum mechanics ....I will, eventually ...
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1283 on: 15/12/2013 12:16:40 »
Since materialism is false , then those experiments and other ones must be explained in non-materialist ways , if they happened / happen to be flawless at least .
It is your logic that is flawed, not the experiments. The truth or falsity of materialism has no bearing on whether some unexplained phenomenon has a material explanation.

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Since materialism is false , thanks to consciousness mainly , then the latter must be non-physical or non-material, since not 'all is matter " .
The flaws in that circular logic have already been explained.

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Consciousness that cannot have arisen from just physics and chemistry , no way .
Argument from incredulity.

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When are you gonna be able to get this simple fact then ?
How can the subjective qualitative qualia "emerge or rise ' from neuro-chemistry , from matter , via some sort of magical materialist metaphysical 'computation or emergence property trick " , since consciousness is totally different from its alleged original neural components it allegedly 'emerged " from : it's a total form of lunacy to assume that consciousness can rise or emerge from the physical brain activity...
Common sense fallacy. The interacting patterns of cellular automata are totally different from the grid of cells they emerge from; nevertheless they can emulate universal computing machines.
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1284 on: 15/12/2013 17:20:37 »



Henry P. Stapp
MIND, MATTER AND
QUANTUM MECHANICS:





Henry P. Stapp
MIND, MATTER AND
QUANTUM MECHANICS
Third Edition


Preface to the First Edition:
Nature appears to be composed of two completely different kinds of things:
rocklike things and idealike things. The first is epitomized by an enduring
rock, the second by a fleeting thought. A rock can be experienced by many
of us together, while a thought seems to belong to one of us alone.
Thoughts and rocks are intertwined in the unfolding of nature, as
Michelangelo’s David so eloquently attests. Yet is it possible to understand
rationally how two completely different kinds of things can interact
with each other? Logic says no, and history confirms that verdict. To form
a rational comprehension of the interplay between the matterlike and mindlike
parts of nature these two components ought to be understood as aspects
of some single primal stuff. But what is the nature of a primal stuff that can
have mind and matter as two of its aspects?
An answer to this age-old question has now been forced upon us. Physicists,
probing ever deeper into the nature of matter, found that they were
forced to bring into their theory the human observers and their thoughts.
Moreover, the mathematical structure of the theory combines in a marvelous
way the features of nature that go with the concepts of mind and
matter. Although it is possible, in the face of this linkage, to try to maintain
the traditional logical nonrelatedness of these two aspects of nature, that
endeavor leads to great puzzles and mysteries. The more reasonable way, I
believe, is to relinquish our old metaphysical stance, which though temporarily
useful was logically untenable, and follow where the new mathematics
leads.
This volume brings together several works of mine that aim to answer
the question: How are conscious processes related to brain processes? My
goal differs from that of most other quantum physicists who have written
about the mind–brain problem. It is to explain how the content of each
conscious human thought, as described in psychological terms, is related
to corresponding processes occurring in a human brain, as described in
the language of contemporary physical science. The work is based on a
substantial amount of empirical data and a strictly enforced demand for
Preface to the First Edition XI
logical coherence. I call the proposed solution the Heisenberg/James model
because it unifies Werner Heisenberg’s conception of matter with William
James’s idea of mind.
The introduction, “. . . and then a Miracle Occurs”, was written specially
for this volume. It is aimed at all readers, including workers in psychology,
cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. Those fields, like physics,
have witnessed tremendous changes during the century sinceWilliam James
wrote his monumental text. My introduction places the Heisenberg/James
model in the context of that hundred-year development.
The main features of the model are described in “A Quantum Theory of
the Mind-Brain Interface”. This paper is an expanded version of a talk I gave
at a 1990 conference, Consciousness Within Science. The conference was
attended by neuroanatomists, neuropsychologists, philosophers of mind,
and a broad spectrum of other scientists interested in consciousness. The
talk was designed to be understandable by all of them, and the paper retains
some of that character. Together with the introduction and appendix (“A
Mathematical Model”) it is the core of the present volume.
“The Copenhagen Interpretation” is an older paper of mine, reprinted
from the American Journal of Physics. It describes the Copenhagen interpretation
of quantum theory. That interpretation held sway in physics for
six decades, and it represents our point of departure.
The other papers deal with closely related issues. Many of the ideas
are to be found in my first published work on the problem, the 1982 paper
“Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics”, from which this volume takes
its title. An overview of the model is given in “A Quantum Theory of
Consciousness”, which summarizes a talk I gave at a 1989 conference on
the mind–brain relationship.
The theory of the mind–brain connection described above is based on
Heisenberg’s ideas, and it accepts his position that the element of chance
is to be regarded as primitive. Einstein objected to this feature of orthodox
quantum thought, and Wolfgang Pauli eventually tried to go beyond the
orthodox view, within the context of a psychophysical theory that rested in
part on work of C. G. Jung. The possibility of extending the present theory
in this way is discussed in “Mind, Matter, and Pauli”.
“Choice and Meaning in the Quantum Universe” first describes some
attempts by physicists to understand the nature of reality, and then attempts
to discern, tentatively, a meaning intrinsic to natural process itself from an
analysis of the form of that process alone, without tying meaning to any
outside thing.
The mind–body problem is directly linked to man’s image of himself,
and hence to the question of values. The Heisenberg/James model of mind
XII Preface to the First Edition
and man is separated by a huge logical gulf from the competing Cartesian
model, which has dominated Western philosophic and scientific thought
for three centuries. Two of the included papers, “Future Achievements to
Be Gained through Science” and “A Quantum Conception of Man”, were
presented at international panels dealing with human issues, and they explore
the potential societal impact of replacing the Cartesian model of man by the
Heisenberg/James model. The second of these papers is the best introduction
to this book for readers interested in seeing the bottom line before going
into the technical details of how it is achieved.
The final chapter, “Quantum Theory and the Place of Mind in Nature”, is
a contribution to the book Niels Bohr and Contemporary Philosophy, which
is to appear this year. It examines the question of the impact of quantum
theory upon our idea of the place of mind in nature. This article can serve
as a short philosophical introduction to the present volume, although it was
a subsequent development in the evolution of my thinking.
In the above works I have tried to minimize the explicit use of mathematics.
But in an appendix prepared for this volume I have transcribed
some key features of the model from prose to equations.
Among the scientists and philosophers who have suggested a link between
consciousness and quantum theory are Alfred North Whitehead, Erwin
Schr¨odinger, John von Neumann, Eugene Wigner, David Albert and
Barry Loewer, Euan Squires, Evans Harris Walker, C. Stuart, Y. Takahashi,
and H. Umezawa, Amit Goswami, Avshalom Elitzur, Alexander Berezin,
Roger Penrose, Michael Lockwood, and John Eccles. Only the final two
authors address in any detail the problem addressed here: the nature of the
relationship between the physical and physiological structures. Eccles’s
approach is fundamentally different from the present one. Lockwood’s approach
is more similar, but takes a different tack and does not attain the same
ends.
Berkeley, February 1993 Henry P. Stapp
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1285 on: 15/12/2013 17:22:56 »
Henry P. Stapp
MINDFUL
UNIVERSE
Quantum Mechanics
and the Participating Observer:



Henry P. Stapp
MINDFUL
UNIVERSE
Quantum Mechanics
and the Participating Observer



Preface:
This book concerns your nature as a human being. It is about the
connection of your mind to your body.
You may imagine that your mind – your stream of conscious
thoughts, ideas, and feelings – influences your actions. You may believe
that what you think affects what you do. You could be right. However,
the scientific ideas that prevailed from the time of Isaac Newton to the
beginning of the twentieth century proclaimed your physical actions to
be completely determined by processes that are describable in physical
terms alone. Any notion that your conscious choices make a difference
in how you behave was branded an illusion: you were asserted to be
causally equivalent to a mindless automaton.
We now know that that earlier form of science is fundamentally
incorrect. During the first part of the twentieth century, that classicalphysics-
based conception of nature was replaced by a new theory that
reproduces all of the successful predictions of its predecessor, while
providing also valid predictions about a host of phenomena that are
strictly incompatible with the precepts of eighteenth and nineteenth
century physics. No prediction of the new theory has been shown to
be false.
The new theory departs from the old one in many important ways,
but none is more significant in the realm of human affairs than the role
it assigns to your conscious choices. These choices are not fixed by the
laws of the new physics, yet these choices are asserted by those laws to
have important causal effects in the physical world. Thus contemporary
physical theory annuls the claim of mechanical determinism. In
a profound reversal of the classical physical principles, its laws make
your conscious choices causally effective in the physical world, while
failing to determine, even statistically, what those choices will be.
More than three quarters of a century have passed since the overturning
of the classical laws, yet the notion of mechanical determinism
still dominates the general intellectual milieu. The inertia of that superceded
physical theory continues to affect your life in important

ways. It still drives the decisions of governments, schools, courts, and
medical institutions, and even your own choices, to the extent that
you are influenced by what you are told by pundits who expound as
scientific truth a mechanical idea of the universe that contravenes the
precepts of contemporary physics.
The aim of this book is to explain to educated lay readers these
twentieth century developments in science, and to touch upon the social
consequences of the misrepresentations of contemporary scientific
knowledge that continue to hold sway, particularly in the minds of our
most highly educated and influential thinkers.

 

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« Reply #1286 on: 15/12/2013 17:30:29 »
Since materialism is false , then those experiments and other ones must be explained in non-materialist ways , if they happened / happen to be flawless at least .
It is your logic that is flawed, not the experiments. The truth or falsity of materialism has no bearing on whether some unexplained phenomenon has a material explanation.

Quote
Since materialism is false , thanks to consciousness mainly , then the latter must be non-physical or non-material, since not 'all is matter " .
The flaws in that circular logic have already been explained.

Quote
Consciousness that cannot have arisen from just physics and chemistry , no way .
Argument from incredulity.

Quote
When are you gonna be able to get this simple fact then ?
How can the subjective qualitative qualia "emerge or rise ' from neuro-chemistry , from matter , via some sort of magical materialist metaphysical 'computation or emergence property trick " , since consciousness is totally different from its alleged original neural components it allegedly 'emerged " from : it's a total form of lunacy to assume that consciousness can rise or emerge from the physical brain activity...
Common sense fallacy. The interacting patterns of cellular automata are totally different from the grid of cells they emerge from; nevertheless they can emulate universal computing machines.

Just cut the crap, and see above : Quantum theory of the mind by a prominent quantum physicist : Henry P.Stapp .
You might learn something from that ,instead of sticking to your dead false outdated superceded 19th century absurd materialism that was built on the classical physics' fundamentally incorrect sand castles  .
It is a simple obvious and undeniable fact that materialism is false , and hence the current 'scientific world view " is also false as a result .
Quantum physics have been showing to us all that science must undergo a revolutionary shift of meta-paradigm, not just a paradigm shift ...

So, i am not interested in your absurd crap, sorry ,thanks anyway .
 

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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1287 on: 15/12/2013 17:44:48 »
Folks:

I am a bit pissed off today , so, i will just say the following ,for the time being at least :

These stubborn dogmatic rock-solid (quantum mechanics has been revealing the new revolutionary conception of matter ,ironically enough , by superceding the Newtonian materialism in the process ) absurd materialists here won't cheer me up, either : they are neither inspiring , challenging , funny nor progressive, let alone innovative or imaginative  :
I see it's totally useless and pointless to try to talk some sense to our "mindless soulless "  (kidding )  brainwashed materialists  robots  here ,whose minds have been still confined to classical physics , despite the huge progress of quantum mechanics ,as to consider consciousness or the mind as just useless epiphenomena or by-products ,side effects of evolution , through the physical brain activity ,while they do experience every single day of their lunatic (kidding again ) lives the fact that the mental has fundamental causal effects on matter , brain and body ..............the mental or consciousness without which they would not be living , thinking , feeling , behaving , functioning ...as they have been doing ...

But , fact is : "the gain is worth the loss " : this thread has been opning up whole new unexpected vistas and universes to me = an understatement thus , you have no idea :
Henry Stapp is my latest "Bible " on the subject : the man's thought , analysis ,insights , ideas ....are fascinating and extremely refreshing inspiring  indeed = an understatement thus : i am thrilled by "discovering " all that ,step by step ....
This is just the beginning of that new quest of mine ....awesome .
Materialist folks :
Just remain confined to that dead outdated superceded false absurd implausible 19th century materialist ideology ,if that would make you feel any better then .
Who cares .......
Science itself ,as modern physics have been showing , will leave you behind ,soon enough ;no doubt in my mind about just that .
We might then have to put you all in some sort of a museum for the next generations to reflect on .....
Ciao.
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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1288 on: 15/12/2013 17:59:12 »
Happy holidays anyway , you "mindless soulless heartless " (kidding ) Newtonian deterministic materialist robots .
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« Reply #1289 on: 15/12/2013 18:06:17 »
You know what ?:
I think it would be much much much better for me to go breath and smell  the extermely reviving , fascinating and inspiring fresh air of Henry P.Stapp , instead of  continuing to be  hanging in  this suffocating materialist dark sterile dead materialist impotent nest  here ,while wasting my time  and energy  in the process,on deaf and blind robots such as yourselves  .
So, ciao .
 

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« Reply #1290 on: 15/12/2013 18:12:33 »
You know what ?:
I think it would be much much much better for me to go breath and smell  the extermely reviving , fascinating and inspiring fresh air of Henry P.Stapp , instead of  continuing to be  hanging in  this suffocating materialist dark sterile dead materialist impotent nest  here ,while wasting my time  and energy  in the process,on deaf and blind robots such as yourselves  .
You still here?
 

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« Reply #1291 on: 15/12/2013 18:15:36 »
So, i am not interested in your absurd crap, sorry ,thanks anyway .
You must be in the wrong forum.
 

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« Reply #1292 on: 15/12/2013 18:38:19 »
So, i am not interested in your absurd crap, sorry ,thanks anyway .
You must be in the wrong forum.

I am in the right one ,i am just not interested in your materialist  Newtonian deterministic  dogmatic superceded outdated and false crap : try to read the above : you might learn something from Henry Stapp.
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« Reply #1293 on: 15/12/2013 20:29:26 »
Quantum mechanics might be the key to solving the mystery of consciousness , relatively speaking thus .
Who knows ?
Henry P.Stapp here above might be on the right track in that regard at least ,who knows ?
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« Reply #1294 on: 15/12/2013 22:49:23 »
Quantum mechanics might be the key to solving the mystery of consciousness , relatively speaking thus .
Who knows ?
Henry P.Stapp here above might be on the right track in that regard at least ,who knows ?
No-one knows yet. The 'consciousness collapses the wave function' interpretation is less popular among physicists than it once was, and Stapp has little competition for his somewhat opaque 'action template theory' based on the quantum Zeno effect (probably Penrose & Hammerof's Orchestrated Objective Reduction (Orch-OR) is the nearest competitor). But it has the same basic problems as the other quantum mechanics based hypotheses (I posted a summary earlier in the thread)  ::)

However, Stapp's 'action template theory' is entirely quantum mechanical in conception, so it is a physical, material hypothesis. In appealing to quantum mechanics as the root of consciousness rather than classical mechanics, he's not invoking some disembodied 'immaterial' consciousness - he sees the quantum formulation of the brain as a “collection of classically conceived alternative possible states of the brain” that are concurrent parallel parts of “a potentiality for future additions to a stream of consciousness”. There does seem to be an awkward 'bootstrapping', using volitional effort, of the multiple microscopic quantum brain states his idea requires, but I've only skimmed it; I probably missed a bit  ???

Regarding the 'conscious measurement' that collapses the wave function, Stapp also says:
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From the point of view of the mathematics of quantum theory it makes no sense to treat a measuring device as intrinsically different from the collection of atomic constituents that make it up. A device is just another part of the physical universe... Moreover, the conscious thoughts of a human observer ought to be causally connected most directly and immediately to what is happening in his brain, not to what is happening out at some measuring device... Our bodies and brains thus become...parts of the quantum mechanically described physical universe. Treating the entire physical universe in this unified way provides a conceptually simple and logically coherent theoretical foundation...

On the other hand, Eugene Wigner's formulation of 'consciousness collapses wave function', on which Stapp's approach seems to be based, does imply some external non-physical 'mind' the sole task of which is to somehow make the measurement by selecting from the quantum superposition of possible brain states. How one could distinguish this from a purely physical stochastic selection process is unclear, and the problem remains how such a non-physical mind can select a superposed brain state, on what grounds could it do so, and a raft of other unanswerable questions; given that stochastic selection looks identical and has none of those issues, it seems redundant - perhaps should we apply Ockham's Razor?  ;D

It's worth noting that the complications of measurement resulting in wave function collapse go away if you adopt the 'many worlds' interpretation, where the wave function is treated as a purely mathematical formulation that doesn't 'collapse' per se, but simply no longer applies when you take the view of any particular superposition it describes (i.e., switch from the objective to a subjective view). In this interpretation, at the point of measurement the objective view comes to include the measuring device or observer in the quantum system and its superposition of measurement outcomes  [8D]


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Re: What, on Earth, is The Human Consciousness?
« Reply #1295 on: 16/12/2013 03:12:57 »


Folks:

I am a bit pissed off today , so, i will just say the following ,for the time being at least :



I don't know what you are so cranky about today. At any rate what you've posted is a vast improvement over Sheldrake. I would love nothing more than there to be a plausible, scientific "in road" for free will. It would cheer me immensely, as determinism can be so dreary at times.

But I don't understand your all-or-nothing, ideological mindset - your obsession with falsification, your insistence that somehow science denies, and even conspires to exclude the immaterial, or anything else, when all it asks for is evidence. Should quantum mechanics contribute something new to the understanding of the brain (or the mind, if you prefer) I doubt neuroscientists will be leaping to their deaths, or that what is already known about the brain and supported by reproducible experiments will have to be "thrown out the window."

I will do my best to look at Stapp's ideas, although my impoverished math background is a hindrance.

If you're interested in his work, I would suggest you look for his most recent writings, as it appears he has made a few revisions or qualifications in response to other physicists' criticisms or suggestions. You may not like the article, because it is somewhat critical, but it does mention some changes Stapps made to his theory.

http://web.archive.org/web/20060623070312/http://individual.utoronto.ca/dbourget/download/QLPM.pdf


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« Reply #1296 on: 16/12/2013 03:36:31 »



I am entiteld to hold that opinion or belief of mine : i just do not impose it as "the scientific world view ", as materialism has been doing to all sciences for that matter , by imposing its materialist false conception of nature , as the 'scientific world view ".
Non-materialists views of the world are unfalsifiable = unscientific , as materialism is by the way , but that does not mean they are all necessarily false , as materialism is .


What is the difference between religious dualism and the scientific kind? What specific properties do they share, or what is a property one has that the other does not have?

What are you talking about ?  what scientific kind ? what do you mean exactly ?

Science has been materialist ,since the 19th century at least , remember .

I don't get what you were trying to say .

Can you be more specific, please ?

P.S.: I am a dualist period , leave that "religious " out of it then .

My point was this: If you can't identify, describe, or verify anything about that other non-physical half of your dualist model, does it matter what you call it?
 

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« Reply #1297 on: 16/12/2013 15:30:01 »
... You may not like the article, because it is somewhat critical, but it does mention some changes Stapps made to his theory.

http://web.archive.org/web/20060623070312/http://individual.utoronto.ca/dbourget/download/QLPM.pdf
Thanks for that link Carol, it does confirm a few of my doubts. It also points out that while Stapp's view of consciousness as based in multiple patterns of neural activity (representing qualia) is broadly reasonable - pace his need to introduce quantum phenomena, which looks like a case of 'man with a hammer' syndrome - it conflicts with his seemingly dualistic interpretation of free will, which appears to be some unexplained volitional agency that delays wave function collapse until a high probability of the desired outcome is achieved (or something like that). But this apparently separates and distinguishes free will (unexplained volitional agency) from conscious intent (also volitional agency, but based in neural activity), which raises questions of precedence and redundancy.

Further, if the neural processing in the brain can give rise to consciousness and a superposition of options for action, yet is insufficient to select the appropriate action, we must ask how the judgement of suitability or desirability in this dualistic, solipsistic view, is made - it would seem that this unexplained non-physical system would also need to somehow process the same data, either to generate a sample desirable outcome to compare with the superposed options arrived at by the physical processing, or to analyse the desirability of some particular outcome on-the-fly. If the physical system is unable to make appropriate selections without an external agency, how this external agency can make its choices without also needing another parallel system to analyse the desirability of its own choices, and so-on, recursively, is unexplained. It smacks of the infinite regression of Dennett's 'Cartesian Theatre' argument.

It's a lot of unnecessary effort based on trying to accommodate an incoherent concept of free will. If one simply accepts that the brain already contains all the information necessary to process and generate an outcome compatible with our desires, wishes, predilections, etc., and that these desires, wishes, predilections, etc., are encoded in the brain as a result of a lifetime of development and interaction with the environment, personal experiences, etc., to make us who and what we are, these problems go away. Classical computational processes can account for an assessment of situational context, the projective modelling of potential plans of action, the selection of appropriate plans of action based on current mental and physical state (nicluding desires, wishes, predilections, etc.), and the execution of those plans. No requirement to shoehorn any unexplained non-physical agency into apparent causal gaps in quantum theory. YMMV.
 

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« Reply #1298 on: 16/12/2013 16:11:34 »


It's a lot of unnecessary effort based on trying to accommodate an incoherent concept of free will. If one simply accepts that the brain already contains all the information necessary to process and generate an outcome compatible with our desires, wishes, predilections, etc., and that these desires, wishes, predilections, etc., are encoded in the brain as a result of a lifetime of development and interaction with the environment, personal experiences, etc., to make us who and what we are, these problems go away.
Excellent explanation detailing exactly why Don's argument is irrelevant. Without the physical brain, consciousness would not be possible. Therefore, however we describe the conscious state, whether physical or beyond, it can not be achieved without the physical application of the brain. All verifiable evidence must and will always be associated with the physical senses man possesses. PERIOD
 

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« Reply #1299 on: 16/12/2013 16:43:17 »
My best understanding of Stapp’s theory and other rival ones is that quantum mechanics may provide some freedom of choice, a yes/no selection of options or brain states. If this is true, as I said, I’m delighted. It certainly breathes new air into the free will discussion, which the determinists have been winning.

But strangely, it seems to offer little insight into any of the specific quailities or the content of consciousness itself, at least at this point.  The physicists mainly seem interested in the free will aspect and treat consciousness and "the mental" as if it were a single, discreet entity. As Bourget asks in the link I posted, how would quantum mechanics affect mental activity that is ongoing below our level awareness? Or does it? Ironically, I think classical interpretations of brain states actually does a more thorough job of explaining qualia and its function, even though qualia has been so intertwined with the concept of consciousness and sometimes used to define it. (To be fair, it may be unfair to criticize research in its infancy.)

 The physicist’s view of consciousness as a single, discreet entity  seems  incompatible with the neuroscientific understanding of its  diverse and layered processes, as well as our everyday experiential understanding of consciousness.  If Don was unsatisfied with the ability of  materialist mechanisms to explain the richness and diversity of mental activity – thoughts, ideas, imagination, emotions, dreams, memories, qualia, intuition, etc, one would think he’d find quantum mechanics even more impoverished. That is, unless he is actually using it simply as a bridge to another realm, where the content of ideas originates and the real work of consciousness is done. But I don’t see anything in Stapps model that suggests something like this, or if he did originally, he has back peddled since.

Even if quantum mechanics is involved in free choice, there is top down control in the brain already known to function in decision making processes that may have more impact at the macro level. Some materialists do not see a contradiction in the idea of the whole constraining the parts, and they base this belief on the wealth of two way tracts, up and down communication in the brain. Here is a brief explanation of top down control from an article in the journal Neuron:

“Complex information that is represented at higher stages of processing influences simpler processes occurring at antecedent stages. The role of top-down influences is then to set the cortex in a specific working mode according to behavioral requirements that are updated dynamically. In effect, these ideas reverse the central dogma of sensory processing, with a flow of information from higher- to lower-order cortical areas playing a role equal in importance to the feedforward pathways. The construction of a subjective percept involves making the best sense of sensory inputs based on a set of hypotheses or constraints derived by prior knowledge and contextual influences. Conversely, the top-down expectations and hypotheses are set by feedforward information, the sensory evidence. Under this view, there is no starting point for information flow.”

(Italics mine)


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0896627307003765
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