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"As far as I know, the hard problem of consciousness is focused on how the physical and mental states relate." It is necessary to make the distinction between qualia and mental states. A quale is the quality of our subjective experience. Mental states are best understood as the informational content of our mind. Our mental states are in principle ...


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First of all, qualia are inaccessible to science; they are not verifiable by any independent observer. Yet they are the foundational experiences which any scientific observer relies on in order to observe anything. They thus represent one of life's profoundest mysteries. They appear, subjectively, to accompany certain kinds of information generated by brain ...


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Perhaps you will find this answer relevant The Origin of Thought When we look at the connectomes of simple organisms, we see various 'input channels'. Neurons that specialise in tasks like self-other determination. We can extrapolate that 'primitive' into specialised regions for touch, and proprioception. When we look at convolutional neural networks, we see ...


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I would look to Global Workspace Theory, on why we have a unified singular awareness, it is the workspace, or 'desktop' of mental processes, with different subroutines competing for attention & integrated there - if you look at convolutional neural networks, essential to developing digital vision processing we can picture how this happens. Split-brain ...


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Just because natural selection generally favours adaptive traits, does not mean that every evolved trait is adaptive. It is entirely possible for traits that are either neutral or deleterious to become fixed in a population as a result of evolutionary pressures. This mistaken idea is a very common fallacy when it comes to understanding evolution. For neutral ...


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I don't know. I'm guessing consciousness works something like this which I don't quite know how to explain. The axiom of choice states that for ever set of nonempty sets, there is a function that assigns to each of those sets one of its members. It turns out the axiom of choice is not a theorem of ZF. I have a feel for how it's possible that it's not true. ...


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Hmm... According to your interpretation, being “conscious” happens to have exactly the same meaning as being awake. Don’t you find it a bit odd? And what does it say about you actually having a concept of it, or, indeed, being conscious yourself?.. As for your losing sleep over “mental continuity” — honestly, i don’t see how sleep could possibly make any ...


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