Wednesday, December 25, 2019

WHY SOME SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THE UNIVERSE IS CONSCIOUS

They’re not mystics. But materialism is not giving good answers so they are looking around




It’s easy to mock the idea. But consider what neuroscientists studying consciousness are up against:
Traditionally, scientists have been stalwart materialists. But doing so has caused them to slam up against the limitations of materialism. Consider the chasm between relativity and quantum mechanics, or Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and you quickly start to recognize these incongruities.
PHILIP PERRY, “THE UNIVERSE MAY BE CONSCIOUS, SAY PROMINENT SCIENTISTS” AT BIGTHINK, JUNE 25, 2017
Mind Matters

WHY SOME SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THE UNIVERSE IS CONSCIOUS

1 comment:

Bob said...

Consciousness depends on the brain, yes. But one may as well say that a student’s essay depends on her laptop. The laptop enables an essay that it does not create. Her ideas start elsewhere but where, exactly, do they start? What space do they inhabit?

This is an insult to people who have suffered brain damage, and are unable to write an essay, among other things.

Algorithms have been developed that can write essays.
Algorithms will be written that can model consciousness.
Eventually a model can be refined so that it is indistinguishable in function from that which it models.