Anuraag Reddy

AIESEC India
Hyderabad, India

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"Believe in yourself to be who you want to become." That is something I phrased for myself, but it defines my personality.

An idea worth spreading

Our state of being, consciousness or awareness is a manifestation of the mind. The mind is the information stored in the brain in the form of a model of our environment in reference to our self. The mind and the physical brain are inseparable as the mind is nothing but the information stored in it and the brain is the physical medium which supports it. And so the Mind-Matter duality emerges.

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Product Development, Systems Design, Evolutionary Psychology, Consciousness, Machine Intelligence, Economics, Entrepreneurship, House Music, Electronics, Invention.

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The Process of Invention, Nature of Awareness, Evolutionary Psychology and Happiness.

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Designing products, Thinking out of the box, Observing trends.

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Its in the making. :)

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Anuraag Reddy
Posted 4 months ago
The experience of consciousness is the stream of observation, where an organism perceives its environment with reference to itself.
I agree, perception is very subjective and we may just be in a circumstance where reality could be altered. I think it is possible to deduce a hypothesis, but evidence for it will largely rely on experience given the nature of the subject. It is tricky, so we might have to replicate such a model drawing parallels from computer science, and evolutionary biology as evidence.
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Anuraag Reddy
Posted 5 months ago
The experience of consciousness is the stream of observation, where an organism perceives its environment with reference to itself.
It is most certainly necessary. If it were absent, we would be zombies with an instinct to have this conversation. We would be doing almost exactly what we are doing, analysing, exchanging ideas without experiencing it. We would be blind clockworks interacting in this world. However that isn't the case, we are experiencing this moment and we define the fact that we are experiencing this moment as consciousness. The fact is we live in a deterministic universe, at least at our physical scale. We are clockworks, and even as clockworks we are designed to perceive our environment, dissociate ourselves from it, and believe that we authentically exist.
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Anuraag Reddy
Posted 5 months ago
The experience of consciousness is the stream of observation, where an organism perceives its environment with reference to itself.
I think buddhist philosophy is introspective in nature, and based out of pragmatic analysis. They most certainly don't contradict contemporary scientific views, and therefore gain wide acceptance amongst intellectuals. However, introspection by itself cannot stand for evidence. My hypothesis would suggest that consciousness by its more existential definition, or the experience of being conscious is expressed more vividly amongst higher forms of life, but the very nature of its experience seems quite ubiquitous. It is tempting to believe that there is a higher consciousness, we as individual fractals of consciousness are validating the existence of corporations, governments, internet, cultures etc and they keep evolving through us, they behave almost as if they have a mind of their own. We are exchanging ideas, communicating, and acting on their behalf, and while its consciousness might not reside in any one of us. Some of us are more, or some of us are less conscious of the existence of such a phenomenon.
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Anuraag Reddy
Posted 5 months ago
The experience of consciousness is the stream of observation, where an organism perceives its environment with reference to itself.
Going by the definition offered by fritzie, I would say that my theory offers both sufficiency, as well as necessity unless you're semantics of the concept are different. If I have convinced you, that my theory sufficiently explains how consciousness might work, then the necessity is self evident. It is absolutely necessary for a life form to perceive its existence, when survival depends on more than reflexes as it is in simpler organisms, instincts in most complex organisms. You must feel like you are observing reality, and that you have free will, to feel, think, and act on it. Would you take your perceived reality seriously, if this illusion weren't primed up by evolution to feel that real.
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Anuraag Reddy
Posted 5 months ago
The experience of consciousness is the stream of observation, where an organism perceives its environment with reference to itself.
For most of our evolutionary history, life probably only had an objective reality. With little other than instinct, and reflexes to respond to external stimuli. We as humans articulate, and debate the idea of a self, but the evolution of a self, or an objective self is imperative for survival. Even basic organisms have reflexes, and instincts to preserve this objective self, even if they might not be conscious, nor aware of it. In complex organisms with brains or even simple neural networks, there is a need for the control center to associate the rest of its body with itself, and externalize everything else. Here I propose emerges the neural concept of a self. In order to move around in our environment, or save ourselves from predators, we would need to ceaselessly observe our surroundings and reference ourselves with it. However, the illusion of being an observer is only as authentic as it seems, and gets. The fact is we are as much an illusion as everything else, and this illusion is only as real as it gets.
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Anuraag Reddy
Posted 5 months ago
What is reality ?
Its extremely difficult to find an abstraction such as a thought in a physical neural network, just like it is extremely difficult to find a calculation in a microprocessor. These are abstract tokens which emerge from such physical structures, and so it might be that no one has found it yet. In my theory it is possible that consciousness, or the illusion of being an observer exists wherever our brains tend to reference everything around us with ourselves. This referencing is happening subconsciously all the time, when we are awake in various places in our brains. In one of antonio damasio talk however he mentions, that it might happen in the posterior portion of the brain stem.