I don’t like the look of my website at the moment, the first blog is a reblog so I will have to write another to hide that one. So I look through the drafts I have put together waiting for inspiration.
Well, I had 6 minutes until I was disturbed by the noise of the trains in the trainstation game to pull the reminder words into a blog. The first phrase is quartz – spirituality enhancer.
I came across this for the second time, (The first several times were in geology topic blogs. Apparently over 90% of our earth is composed of quartz in its various forms, from sand to volcanos via allsorts. Remember that as you read this) in someone else’s pin and it caught my eye because it looked somewhat like a rock of quartz in I have, so it reminded me they haven’t been cleaned for nigh on a year, I cleaned them, which meant handling them rather than contemplating them.
This crystals having healing powers malarkey has always been rubbish to me, but my dreams changed that night. Instead of visualising biologically correct images of dragonfly, ichneumon wasp and the other similar larvae in my little pond, they were looking like the ‘ here be monsters’ cartoons as they ate the tadpoles. It’s not long since I wrote about graven images! Why images picked up in a days computer action can superimpose themselves on the pre-recorded visual experiences the brain must store, in a dream, after handling those crystals. It is probably all to do with latent energy being changed, either blocking the route to the originals or making do with latest input out of blatant laziness, creativity or invention but I refuse to classify it as evolution.
Crystals intrigue me because of their shapes, the consistency of form, knowing that it applies to every molecule down to electron microscopy level, and assuming it will be the same wherever you are on this earth.
At this stage I decided, for better or worse to pull in the previous draft, about consciousness.
I go for the whelk shell principle myself.
Today, Max Tegmark, a theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, sets out the fundamental problems that this new way of thinking raises. He shows how these problems can be formulated in terms of quantum mechanics and information theory. And he explains how thinking about consciousness in this way leads to precise questions about the nature of reality that the scientific process of experiment might help to tease apart.
“Tegmark’s approach is to think of consciousness as a state of matter, like a solid, a liquid or a gas. “I conjecture that consciousness can be understood as yet another state of matter. Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,” he says.”
It’s just the beginning, they are mathematicians and it appears there are as many different understandings of consciousness as there are people involved with that paper.
My whelk shell, battered and exposing chambers, is a readymade handle on the degrees and levels of consciousness, you can work backwards to the tip and decide which level constitutes still alive but unconscious.
Deciding if people are alive or dead has gotten to be more complicated than clouding a mirror recently.
Forensically speaking, hair continuing to grow means buried alive but that first (Tip of the shell) compartment of fungal level existence is not an indication of consciousness or being capable of supporting life as we know it in any way. The ‘sleeping beauty’ syndrome indicates that life will be feasible once they are brought round, but they are not conscious at all, they have retired to the upper chambers of the shell, best described as limbo.
The next bit down the shell is hibernation, a clock of sorts has been added to the limbo state, so they come round of their own accord. That clock is most likely a temperature sensor.
Whilst medicine men are agonising over how many cavities it takes to consider a patient alive the mathematician authors of that paper have gone straight to the complex recognition problems of the latest cavity to develop.
Another interesting fact of life, you can skin a hibernating bear but not a sleeping bear.
to reason about the conditions under which consciousness arises and how we might exploit it to better understand why the world around us appears as it does.
If consciousness arises with a simple on/off switch, the reason you cannot skin a sleeping bear safely, I assume (as there were too many words I didn’t understand in the introduction to the paper itself to actually read it), the term ‘conditions under’ refers to what the hell woke that bear up applied to both state of sleep and hibernation as they are different. The state of sleep is one chamber back and hibernation two or three chambers back, one chamber back responds to touch, the others to different signals not including touch. And so on. Evolutionarily speaking hearing is one of the original organs incorporated in a human body and presumably animals as well, it comes with one of the chambers near the tip of the shell.
In 2008, Tononi proposed that a system demonstrating consciousness must have two specific traits. First, the system must be able to store and process large amounts of information. In other words consciousness is essentially a phenomenon of information.
Information accessed by energy, to differentiate I would say ‘awareness’ is a phenomenon of information, stored photographic plates, wavelengths, chemical formulae etc associated with either harm or no harm.
Take for example, the idea that the information in a conscious system must be unified. That means the system must contain error-correcting codes that allow any subset of up to half the information to be reconstructed from the rest.
Buggered up by all the quartz superimposing transient images on stored facts. Still, we have to live with it and make the best we can.
All I’m looking for is a diagram of a whelk shell, and I ended up here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltage-gated_sodium_channel#Voltage-gated, all to do with neurotoxins and seafood poisoning. Probably explains everything. You will have to imagine a hand sized broken down whelk shell or find one on the beach.