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Alan Moore on Science, Imagination, Language and Spirits of Place

In an excellent interview with the Daily Grail, author Alan Moore talks about the spirits of a place, time and simultaneity, and how the ephemeral artifacts of the current times are making it harder for the next generation to be imaginatively creative – something we should all be worried about. 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.

–  Your Joyful Benefactor

 

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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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Past, Present and Future – Ghosts All

The concepts of Past, Present and Future are as insubstantial as ghosts. The present is an illusory horizon line between the so-called past and the so-called future. If there is no present, where do the past and future come from? Continue reading

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The Raw Creation of Your Memories is All That You Know

Our memories give us our sense of self, and we can define this as our consciousness. When we first start laying down memories they are content-less, having nothing to latch onto. Continue reading

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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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The Jolly Reaper

Welcome to Reaper version 2.045. Please may I ask your name?
It’s Emily. Emily James.
Hello Emily. You appear to be female, is this correct?
It is.. I am.
Great. Do you mind this voice or would you prefer it if I change to the opposite sex?
Female if possible please.
Sure. How’s this?
That’s fine.
There is only one Emily James with your regional dialect, where you born in the year 2014?
I was.
Shall I continue to speak in your regional dialect? I have alternatives.
No, that’s okay.
Do you still reside at the address which you occupied in June 2042?
I do.
Thank you. Let’s begin. Our first session should last ten minutes or so. Are you positioned comfortably?
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