G C

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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G C
Posted almost 4 years ago
Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of all knowledge
Computation just scares people because they see the results and are overwhelmed by the breadth and sophistication that it yields. If they new a few basic building blocks they'd see that it's not over their heads and would be a little more interested. Something must have sparked your interest if you do it, even if it's just the money that it can bring.
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G C
Posted about 4 years ago
Where do you think consciousness comes from?
The fact that cells operate to serve the whole reminds me of hive mind mentality seen in ants and bees. I wonder if there are parallels that can be drawn. Are you familiar with this at all?
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G C
Posted about 4 years ago
Where do you think consciousness comes from?
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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Posted about 4 years ago
Where do you think consciousness comes from?
I've seen documentaries discussing these concepts of cells making decisions based on external information and they blew my mind too. This was one of the key ideas that lead me to believe that consciousness is in no way unique to humans. Bacteria communicate, cells communicate, it seems all life communicates. Communication requires three steps, encoding information, transferring that code and decoding back into information. This begs the question: how does the cell know to encode, transmit and decode? It would seem that a driving force is present. If you say nay, cells have evolved to do this on their own then doesn't that mean that information encoded itself somewhere along the line and does that not violate the second law of thermodynamics?
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G C
Posted about 4 years ago
Where do you think consciousness comes from?
I couldn't agree more. I don't think that the ancients were too far off from the truth, they just didn't have the words or concepts that we have today to further explain the meaning behind what they were saying. Then again we seem to be mucking it up with all these words and concepts at our disposal so maybe they had it better off...Occam's razor I guess. If the ancients were given this information from a more informed being then it would have to be presented to them in a manner that they could understand. If you try to explain existence through quantum mechanics you'd have to first teach them atomic physics, Mawell's equations and Relativity, things few people understand even today. One more relation that I like to dwell upon for shits and giggles: cymatics and the breath of God (sound).
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G C
Posted about 4 years ago
Don't gild the lily.
I wasn't sure because the girl didn't buy the crap that her mom was feeding her so I didn't understand how it related to the Minchin video. I guess you're just showing that adults attempt to paint a prettier picture than reality does. I'm totally down with your assertion that children are susceptible to gilding and myth. I struggle with this because I have nieces and a nephew all under 3 and they are starting to ask questions that I want to answer honestly but since I'm not their parent I try to default to what I think my sisters would say. It's really tough though telling them that thunder is just angels bowling and other things like that. I wish people wouldn't have bullshit me like that because it just took me longer to find out the truth of the matter. I don't want to waste their time the way people wasted mine growing up but I also don't want to overstep my bounds.
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G C
Posted about 4 years ago
Where do you think consciousness comes from?
How do I define consciousness? Well I think that all decisions are derivatives of consciousness. So far as I can tell all life makes choices based on external stimuli; plants, animals, algae, even DNA. Epigenetics is showing that genes are switched on and off not just randomly but in response to environment. The point being that decision making starts at the simplest life forms and continues through the chain of life. The choices we make like taking showers and the like are not too far off from what any other animal makes, maybe there are more variables that we take into account but all told we're just weighing pros and cons seeking desired outcomes. What this has to do with radiation is that we are like filters or lenses through which radiation passes and is interpreted. We stem from radiation while observing and interacting with it and the our environment just like all life. Consciousness is radiation, interacting with the physical world, observing itself and sending information back into itself thus resulting in infinite recursion both inward and outward. Does this help? I'm trying to be descriptive but not bore you with details.
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Posted about 4 years ago
Do we need to promote GMO crops to meet the growing food need of the world or we should be back towards the organic farming??
The main issue I see with GMO crops is that they are patentable. If Monsanto owns the best growing strain of corn we are not all privy to that strain unless we pay them. If they patent the 10 best strains and those strains outlasts organic strains then us regular folk can no longer grow our own corn. What's worse is that they will not sell their strain to just anyone, you have to be a commercial farmer and you have to be all in, only Monsanto corn can be grown on your land. If you don't pay them and you are caught with any plants from their strain on your property you are liable, even if the seeds blew onto your property from a neighboring farm unbeknownst to you. GMO crops are not inherently bad and there have been no studies to my knowledge that prove otherwise but they do have a near term biological advantage due to human tinkering. Organics need to be preserved on some level otherwise there will come a day when basic crops are no longer available or are too rare and expensive for the common person to grow.