Brandon Santangelo

Lindenhurst, NY, United States

About Brandon

Bio

Hi I'm a aspiring artist from Long Island New York. . I've dedicated most of my life to art related ambitions. I also love biology, history and learning!

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Art, Logical thought, Philosohy of biology, Fine Arts & Creative Writing, Drawing / Sketching / Painting, Fine Art - drawing, Figure drawing

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Brandon Santangelo
Posted 8 months ago
Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs
Hey man, I admit I may have portrayed it as a little too perfect a solution, but it's still much better then getting it from a local drug dealer who encourages your habit, puts you in danger and tries to introduce you to new drugs! Either way people are gonna do the drugs, people are gonna make money off it, and people are gonna get addicted. For those who eventually want to quit one way makes it easier to get over it, one way makes it harder. In my opinion it wouldn't take a utopian society to pull off enacting a sensible drug policy, only a few clever regulations and a un-corrupt dedication. Thanks for the polite response, I appreciate it!
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted 8 months ago
Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs
Making drugs illegal labels all drug users criminals. Cigarettes are the most addictive drug available. Do you see people robbing to get money for a pack of smokes? No because these people don't think of themselves as criminals. They don't need to buy their fix from a criminal, they don't need to be around criminals, they don't need to think like a criminal. Many drug users feel trapped. If they try and get help, they're arrested, could loose their job, their family, and pretty much become a social outcast. The physiological effect of being labeled a criminal by the state could in fact cause greater damage to a users mind then the addiction itself. A person wanting to try meth has to go to a store, and buy it from someone who tells them that they're about to make the biggest mistake of their life. Before they buy it they have to watch a video about the negative effects and risks of the the drug. They then have to go back to the same store, to meet with someone to give them the drug again. Eventually it's obvious that they're addicted. They realize they are becoming the person in that 10 minute video they used to ignore. Someone gives them a pamphlet. I guarantee methods like this will influence most intelligent people looking for a little fun to find it elsewhere. Pull the sheet off it, expose it, and get it by the roots. People need to make their own decisions and we need to help, not force, them make the right one.
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted 11 months ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
(PART II) I think the answer is the ladder. Without a nervous system and a "sensation" of "sense" (ha) a conscious being is paradoxical in nature. Consciousness is mechanism which organizes information input in a way that can be useful to survival. We are perceiving it, "in a little movie" ,because we have a nervous system. Consciousness is NOT a underlining property that holds a hand in hand correlation with existence or information complexity. Advanced Information calculation can exist and does exist without consciousness Being unconscious works great for other organisms, they do not need to feel in order to function. Our feelings are not as complex as we initially assume. Our thoughts and the ability to think them are always 100% influenced by our body, it's needs, and the psychical environment around us. So in my analysis, your friend is kind of correct. Consciousnesses more of an "illusion" than anything. An illusion with many complex results.
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted 11 months ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Very interesting. The thing that makes the theory of PHI seem so crazy is that we have sen no proof of "Consciousness" in things that exist without a nervous system. Exploring this further leads to quite a few realizations. In the natural world, we think of consciousness as a biological condition. We can be "conscious" but we also experience "Unconsciousness" You wake up. It's 8 am. You remember laying down in your bed and getting comfy but what about the 8 hours you were asleep? You may have had a vivid dream and experienced something that you would not normally experience, you may even of have experienced something that seems to be beyond your normal consciousness, like being in third person. On the other hand you may have no memories and it would appear you had no dreams. Obviously if you had ever had a dream, you can safely assume that your mind is still somewhat "conscious" while you sleep. It's just 2 states of consciousness. The only time we can say you are truly "unconscious" was the time before you were conceived (grew a nervous system) and after you have died. But then do you know for sure? You don't remember the first time you thought, do you? Do you even remember the way you thought before learning a language? Nobody remembers what it's like to perceive consciousness at it's rawest state, yet you once experienced it. For a moment right as a bunch of cells blossomed into a structure slightly resembling a brain, you must of perceived consciousness for the first time. This consciousness is unable to do any complex function or ever track it's existence with memories, but it existed. So without vision, hearing, taste or any sense's, can consciousness exist? Or is consciousness a consequence of your senses being connected to your brain?
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted over 1 year ago
Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death
I've tried to explain these thoughts to my family, friends, teachers and whoever has ever had the death conversation with me after the age of 16. Never could I state my thoughts so beautifully. Amazing job. EDIT. The one thing, however, that Stephen doesn't touch on is reproduction. The study of epigenetics tells us that our experiences we have while we are living, have physical repercussions on heritable genes that we may or may not pass on to a new generations of humans. Your life and the life of your ancestors, the lives of the species that evolved into your ancestors, all physically live on in you. The book metaphor is unfinished. If anything a single life, a single mind, is like a letter. A couple letters make a word, words make sentences and many sentences make books. And I suspect by the time the book is over, it will have profound effects on the universe in which we live.
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted about 2 years ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
Pardon me if my analogies offend anyone. That's honestly not my intention. Rodney Brooks describes this concept of intelligent robots as sort of "Guilt free" slaves... but for how long could that last? For right now the robotics are very simple and the intelligence is merely an illusion, however, Brooks talks as though he wishes to one day build a robot with situational awareness and complex reasoning capabilities. I know this may sound radical, but if the engineers are building these machines "based on biological principles of movement and reasoning" and the worlds economy was to be dependant on machines that are always growing more life like and intelligent, at what point does it become...wrong? He said it himself, humans in the past have underestimated the speed of scientific advancement. I mean life itself is just a series of chemical reactions. From our senses and reasoning, to our emotions and sense of self awareness. If you build a machine with all the reasoning skills of a human being, will it not be able to reason itself into having emotions? Perhaps some believe because the robots are being manually built for a purpose, unlike evolution creates different life forms, advance reasoning is possible without emotions or self awareness? But if you ask me the two are tied together. *Edit I've been thinking more into this. If the goal is to make the robot more intelligent and mimic biological behavior, isn't the most obvious choice to use biological engineering? Life and death is the largest scale trial and error system known to man. The technology is right in front of us, heck, it IS us. Why not use biological elements in the tools?
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted about 2 years ago
Truths and Facts. Does Science prove anything?
Haha, you are correct. I'm attempting to address the point that you can get consistent results if you have constant variables, that things are not random and thus can be proved or disproved. Thanks for mentioning that, if I wanna make a valid point it's important to have correct information! ( Notice I made a slight edit.)
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted about 2 years ago
Human history is a history of conflict and misunderstanding. Will it ever stop?
Human's are animals. We have instincts, breed and form populations. We're advanced enough to do incredible things inside of our civilizations, yet we can not cease our populations from wanting to mass murder each other in the name of one thing or another. Most long-lived nations and leaders claim to have the intentions of peace and prosperity, yet end up spilling blood of the innocent. Only fools stray from the path yet still expect to arrive at the same destination. A great leader is one who does no harm to those who have done no harm. Whether they be his neighbor or live on the other side of earth.
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Brandon Santangelo
Posted about 2 years ago
Evolution: "just a theory". Scientific caution is sometimes confusing.
Well you can actually observe the founder effect and bacterial evolution take place. The only theory is that speciation occurred in the past, and is only a theory because you can't go back in time and watch it happen. But understand, biology is infinitely complex, and the conclusion that life began when a body of matter that was able reproduce itself with chemical reactions and evolved into organisms that can feel is a fairly new concept in science. If you don't understand chemistry this is a pretty radical idea. You can't expect everyone to accept it, only those curious enough to care..