Medium – Why the Problem of Consciousness Is so Hard

Medium – Why the Problem of Consciousness Is so Hard

I find it hard to understand how people like yourself (obviously intelligent, obviously deeply engaged) can write what you did in medium, except as some sort of disinformation, or honey trap or similar.

Obviously – we do not experience reality directly. What we experience is a subconsciously created predictive model of reality.

Clearly that model is assembled by many levels of subsystems with heuristic priors selected over deep time (in certain sense – though multiple modes and models are clearly involved, and evolution gets very complex very quickly).

Clearly, we can all have access to multiple modes of experience, via multiple different mechanisms, and mostly modal switching is controlled by various contextual factors through chemical mediators that few have much conscious influence over.

When you think, software within software, most of experience loses its mystery (though none of its complexity and uncertainty).

The self “illusion” isn’t illusion, it is a system, deeply nested within other systems, with degrees of freedom (not absolute freedom – that is never survivable).

It is not always the most powerful or useful system to have in control, and sometimes it is. It is powerful to explore all possible modes.

Why did you write that nonsense???

About Ted Howard NZ

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