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Farrukh Yakubov

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Where do you think consciousness comes from?

Science can give answers to many things, but consciousness seems to be an unsolved mystery. Why do you think people have consciousness? Where does it come from? Do you think it can be created artificially? How?
You may answer based on anything you know, it does not have to be a proven fact. Thank you.

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    Jul 10 2011: How does Dawkins refer to memes?
    • Jul 11 2011: Hi G C

      Daniel Dennett, a philosopher gives a talk about "memes" here on TED. I tied the ideas together as if an idea could be considered a type of mental "radiation".

      blog.ted.com/2007/07/03/dan_dennett_on_2
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        Jul 13 2011: Spot on you are. Thanks for directing me to this video. I had read about memes but didn't realize that Dawkins coined the term and that they were so accepted in the organic, evolving sense that Dennett speaks of.

        Like he said in the video, memes are information. Information gets encoded in many different ways and is then processed and filtered in turn by the recipient. Words are code, pictures are code, sound is code; all of which transmit information to be decoded by an observer. If a meme is an action you observe through sight alone then the information was encoded into the photons that radiated outward and were captured by your eye. The signal of that vision radiated through your optic nerve and was projected onto the visual cortex of your brain. You then process that mental image and decode the information (memes) within, some of it consciously and some unconsciously. All of this information radiates throughout the conscious and unconscious levels of your mind electrically until it finally radiates outward from you as new sets of information manifested and projected back into the physical world.

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