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Proposition (XVIII)

Ideal Platonic forms don’t exist in the universe – they are the product of the human mind only. Continue reading

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Proposition (XVII)

Culture is the content of consciousness. As agents, we sort through the vast cultural artifacts that we have inherited and use other agents to rationalise our expanding knowledge.

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Proposition (XVI)

The study of the mind requires a new logical formalism, as there are no mathematical tools to model the base abstraction layer of interconnecting neurons within the brain.

 

Corollary. – The wet stuff of the brain is simply organised matter and how it is organised is a complete mystery. Consciousness is often thought to be the hard problem of the mind when in fact it is what’s going on pre-consciousness that is the hard problem. Imagine your personal computer is connected to a black box that spits out 1’s and 0’s to show what is occurring inside its memory and then trying to figure out what is going on with no access to any other peripherals or data. Trying to see patterns or sets of things within this stream, that translates to the higher level action of, for example, moving a pointer across a screen is extremely difficult and yet this is what the current problem is.

 

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Proposition (XV)

The aim of humanity is to create the ultimate simulacra of itself.

Corollary: Our avatars that inhabit the new virtual spaces we have created, are the first step to this new enlightenment. We are slowly becoming the new Gods of a meta-society and have no conception of the dangerous powers we will be able to wield.

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Proposition (XIV)

Consciousness is simply one’s own perception that others also perceive you as a thinking thing out there in a world of thinking things.

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Proposition (XIII)

Man’s rise as a species is the story of the evolution of his tools by natural selection.

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Proposition (XII)

The internal dialogue, that runs perpetually inside of our heads from when we first acquire language, tells us all we need to know about our consciousness and free will.

Corollary. – The drive to communicate with other agents of our species is a built in survival mechanism that cannot be switched off. It details the model of existence that our mind continually constructs and updates, and spits this out to other human beings that are needed to ensure our survival by forms of communal cooperation. When we are alone, or sleeping this dialogue never ceases, trying to persuade us of the correct courses of action. These competing streams arise unbidden and form the apparent set of life choices that we perceive as our freedom.

 

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Proposition (XI)

The concept of a thing and the word for it, are one and the same thing and thus they are interchangeable, for example “Time”.
Corollary. – The word “Time” is not a label, neither is there a little box in the mind “called” Time. The word is literally the idea for it. The mind space occupied by “Time” exists in one place only (it may be a “distributed” place, occupying many different geographical areas of the brain – but this is of no importance).
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