Comments for Science & Consciousness Review http://sciconrev.org News from the Scientific Study of ConsciousnessMon, 28 Mar 2011 17:55:00 +0000hourly1http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4Comment on “I Am My Connectome”: TED Talk given by Sebastian Seung by trehub http://sciconrev.org/2011/03/i-am-my-connectome-ted-talk-given-by-sebastian-seung/comment-page-1/#comment-284770 trehubMon, 28 Mar 2011 17:55:00 +0000http://sciconrev.org/?p=2719#comment-284770Compare Sebastian Seung's vision of the *connectome* with the structure and dynamics of the *synaptic matrix* in The Cognitive Brain (TCB), MIT Press 1991. See, for example, TCB, Ch. 3, "Learning, Imagery, Tokens, and Types: The Synaptic Matrix", here: http://people.umass.edu/trehub/thecognitivebrain/chapter3.pdf and TCB, Ch. 12, "Self-Directed Learning in a Complex Environment", here: http://www.people.umass.edu/trehub/thecognitivebrain/chapter12.pdf It seems to me that the vast search space in Seung's research program could be significantly narrowed by the guidance of model neuronal mechanisms that have been shown to be competent for significant cognitive processes.Compare Sebastian Seung’s vision of the *connectome* with the structure and dynamics of the *synaptic matrix* in The Cognitive Brain (TCB), MIT Press 1991. See, for example, TCB, Ch. 3, “Learning, Imagery, Tokens, and Types: The Synaptic Matrix”, here:

http://people.umass.edu/trehub/thecognitivebrain/chapter3.pdf

and TCB, Ch. 12, “Self-Directed Learning in a Complex Environment”, here:

http://www.people.umass.edu/trehub/thecognitivebrain/chapter12.pdf

It seems to me that the vast search space in Seung’s research program could be significantly narrowed by the guidance of model neuronal mechanisms that have been shown to be competent for significant cognitive processes.

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Comment on Is Theory of Mind dependent on episodic memory? by The Theory of Mind – Personal Development is Personal Empowerment http://sciconrev.org/2007/11/is-theory-of-mind-dependent-on-episodic-memory/comment-page-1/#comment-284769 The Theory of Mind – Personal Development is Personal EmpowermentMon, 21 Mar 2011 19:18:17 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/11/is-theory-of-mind-dependent-on-episodic-memory/#comment-284769[...] The theory of mind is a model for explaining the concept of mind because the mind is not directly observable. 1 [...][...] The theory of mind is a model for explaining the concept of mind because the mind is not directly observable. 1 [...] ]]>Comment on Review of precuneus function by If Your Mother Had Alzheimer’s, Your Risk For the Disease Is Increased « Practical Medicine http://sciconrev.org/2006/02/review-of-precuneus-function/comment-page-1/#comment-284726 If Your Mother Had Alzheimer’s, Your Risk For the Disease Is Increased « Practical MedicineSun, 06 Mar 2011 03:11:25 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/02/review-of-precuneus-function/#comment-284726[...] disease showed longitudinal measures of brain change. They had significantly greater atrophy in the precuneus and parahippocampus/hippocampus [...][...] disease showed longitudinal measures of brain change. They had significantly greater atrophy in the precuneus and parahippocampus/hippocampus [...] ]]>Comment on How Brains Are Built: Principles of Computational Neuroscience by trehub http://sciconrev.org/2011/02/how-brains-are-built-principles-of-computational-neuroscience-2/comment-page-1/#comment-284674 trehubSun, 20 Feb 2011 15:18:45 +0000http://sciconrev.org/?p=2393#comment-284674Brain is a complex biological mechanism, and while its functions can be DESCRIBED in computational terms, its efficacy resides in its biological machinery. With all the advances in the scale, complexity, and performance of computers and robotic devices, I have yet to see an artifact that exhibits a coherent global analog of a volumetric space organized around a fixed perspectival locus of origin. This kind of internal representation is essential in order to have a brain that can be said to have phenomenal content. For a more detailed discussion of this topic see here: http://people.umass.edu/trehub/YCCOG828%20copy.pdfBrain is a complex biological mechanism, and while its functions can be DESCRIBED in computational terms, its efficacy resides in its biological machinery. With all the advances in the scale, complexity, and performance of computers and robotic devices, I have yet to see an artifact that exhibits a coherent global analog of a volumetric space organized around a fixed perspectival locus of origin. This kind of internal representation is essential in order to have a brain that can be said to have phenomenal content. For a more detailed discussion of this topic see here:

http://people.umass.edu/trehub/YCCOG828%20copy.pdf

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Comment on Harmless Hallucinations in the Elderly by Seeing, not believing http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/comment-page-1/#comment-284669 Seeing, not believingWed, 02 Feb 2011 01:54:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/#comment-284669[...] http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/ [...][...] http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/ [...] ]]>Comment on Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic by rrrn http://sciconrev.org/2009/05/everyday-practice-of-science-where-intuition-and-passion-meet-objectivity-and-logic/comment-page-1/#comment-284517 rrrnFri, 29 May 2009 08:14:19 +0000http://sciconrev.org/?p=1336#comment-284517More and more research shows that everyone is a genius. What are the consequences for academia?More and more research shows that everyone is a genius. What are the consequences for academia? ]]>Comment on Alice by Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic | Science & Consciousness Review http://sciconrev.org/alice/comment-page-1/#comment-284464 Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic | Science & Consciousness ReviewMon, 04 May 2009 04:18:56 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/alice/#comment-284464[...] Reviewed by Alice Kim [...][...] Reviewed by Alice Kim [...] ]]>Comment on Alice by Inventing Our Selves: Psychology, Power, and Personhood | Science & Consciousness Review http://sciconrev.org/alice/comment-page-1/#comment-284285 Inventing Our Selves: Psychology, Power, and Personhood | Science & Consciousness ReviewSat, 17 Jan 2009 08:25:13 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/alice/#comment-284285[...] Summary by Alice Kim [...][...] Summary by Alice Kim [...] ]]>Comment on Which brain regions enable us to remember our past and anticipate our future? by Future event forecasts « morbius glass http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-284284 Future event forecasts « morbius glassWed, 31 Dec 2008 02:35:41 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/#comment-284284[...] More information here [...][...] More information here [...] ]]>Comment on How good are you at Self-Control? by Alain Morin http://sciconrev.org/2008/11/how-good-are-you-at-self-control/comment-page-1/#comment-284171 Alain MorinMon, 08 Dec 2008 06:04:20 +0000http://sciconrev.org/?p=1079#comment-284171In response to the comment made above: (1) It is indeed good to remind us that working memory is made up of both a verbal component (inner speech) and a visuo-spatial component (imagery). In my SCR Feature I deliberately simplified the picture and exclusively focused on the potential link between the verbal component of working memory and self-regulation. It thus remains possible that imagery too plays an active role in self-regulation/control. Note here (a) that my argument has never been that «self-control equates to greater capacity for self-talk», but rather that «inner speech promotes self-control», and (b) to my knowledge, research showing a link between visuo-spatial skills and self-regulation is non-existent. (2) Cognitive therapy (e.g., Beck’s work, as well as Meichembaum’s, Ellis’, etc.) does not suggest that self-talk per se is detrimental to self-control. Instead, it shows that some individuals misuse inner speech by either overusing it or by distorting it (by engaging in negative thought patterns), which leads to poor self-regulation indeed. These individuals are «self-ruminators» as opposed to «self-reflectors» -- see Trapnell and Campbell (1999). Healthy use of inner speech translates into highly effective self-regulation.In response to the comment made above:
(1) It is indeed good to remind us that working memory is made up of both a verbal component (inner speech) and a visuo-spatial component (imagery). In my SCR Feature I deliberately simplified the picture and exclusively focused on the potential link between the verbal component of working memory and self-regulation. It thus remains possible that imagery too plays an active role in self-regulation/control. Note here (a) that my argument has never been that «self-control equates to greater capacity for self-talk», but rather that «inner speech promotes self-control», and (b) to my knowledge, research showing a link between visuo-spatial skills and self-regulation is non-existent.

(2) Cognitive therapy (e.g., Beck’s work, as well as Meichembaum’s, Ellis’, etc.) does not suggest that self-talk per se is detrimental to self-control. Instead, it shows that some individuals misuse inner speech by either overusing it or by distorting it (by engaging in negative thought patterns), which leads to poor self-regulation indeed. These individuals are «self-ruminators» as opposed to «self-reflectors» — see Trapnell and Campbell (1999). Healthy use of inner speech translates into highly effective self-regulation.

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Comment on The Decider by whit http://sciconrev.org/2008/11/the-decider/comment-page-1/#comment-284149 whitSat, 06 Dec 2008 18:47:54 +0000http://sciconrev.org/?p=1157#comment-284149<blockquote>... except that the brain itself is a machine, a network of cells that computes its choices....</blockquote>If you start by asserting that this metaphor is simply the fact of the matter, your subsequent argument rests on quicksand. If you are right about the centrality of "the complex circulation of molecular information," you should address why virtually none of our actual computing machines work by circulating "molecular information." If men were solely driven by their pleasures and pains, women would have centuries ago taken total control of men's minds. Really addressing the question of free will doesn't consist in showing the neural correlates of the "pleasure principle," but rather in showing how conscious human beings are so often (even if not all or most of the time) capable of transcending it. Answering <i>that</i> question would produce a plausible model of free will. Denying the question of transcendence - claiming that all behavior is merely the end result of calculation against projected sum results of an equation of pleasure and pain - misses the question of free will entirely. It's also simply incoherent. It assumes that all pleasures can be neatly mapped onto an intensity scale. Yet any aesthete knows that subtle pleasures can be preferable to strong pleasures, and that the flavors and complexities of pleasures can hardly be reduced to a scale at all - or even multiple scales. To the extent different pleasures - say of fine food or fine scenery - can be scaled, it's not to the same scales across pleasure kinds either. Nor are pains differentiated simply in linear intensity.

… except that the brain itself is a machine, a network of cells that computes its choices….

If you start by asserting that this metaphor is simply the fact of the matter, your subsequent argument rests on quicksand. If you are right about the centrality of “the complex circulation of molecular information,” you should address why virtually none of our actual computing machines work by circulating “molecular information.”

If men were solely driven by their pleasures and pains, women would have centuries ago taken total control of men’s minds. Really addressing the question of free will doesn’t consist in showing the neural correlates of the “pleasure principle,” but rather in showing how conscious human beings are so often (even if not all or most of the time) capable of transcending it.

Answering that question would produce a plausible model of free will. Denying the question of transcendence – claiming that all behavior is merely the end result of calculation against projected sum results of an equation of pleasure and pain – misses the question of free will entirely.

It’s also simply incoherent. It assumes that all pleasures can be neatly mapped onto an intensity scale. Yet any aesthete knows that subtle pleasures can be preferable to strong pleasures, and that the flavors and complexities of pleasures can hardly be reduced to a scale at all – or even multiple scales. To the extent different pleasures – say of fine food or fine scenery – can be scaled, it’s not to the same scales across pleasure kinds either. Nor are pains differentiated simply in linear intensity.

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Comment on How good are you at Self-Control? by whit http://sciconrev.org/2008/11/how-good-are-you-at-self-control/comment-page-1/#comment-284148 whitSat, 06 Dec 2008 17:43:49 +0000http://sciconrev.org/?p=1079#comment-284148How do you factor in the research showing that visuo-spatial working memory and verbal working memory are separable capacities (see Robert Logie's work)? So for instance, if your WMC test is "keeping several words in mind while doing math problems," have you determined whether the subject's strategy with math is primarily verbal or visuo-spatial? If the WMC capacity test is effectively finding greater visuo-spatial working memory, rather than verbal, then it might be that self-control more correlates with a capacity for "vision" of goals than "self-talk" of goals. Until you disambiguate this, the argument that self-control equates to greater capacity for self-talk isn't strong. You also should contend with Aaron Beck's findings suggesting that self-talk, lodged presumably in working memory, often leads to a neurotic lack of self-control, which can be improved precisely by training subjects to gain psychological distance from the self-talk - what his well-proven "cognitive therapy" consists in. In folk psychology, of course, inner speech just is self-control, and there's a homunculus over there producing it, or is it that we're supposed to be the homunculus? All the standard arguments against a homunculus need to be disarmed, perhaps by better separating your claim from the folk psychological picture. Also, even if better self-control capacity correlates with better verbal (as compared to visuo-spatial) working memory capacity, you need to show that it isn't the other way around: that better self-control capacity produces better working memory capacity. Keeping something within working memory is itself arguably an instance of self-control.How do you factor in the research showing that visuo-spatial working memory and verbal working memory are separable capacities (see Robert Logie’s work)? So for instance, if your WMC test is “keeping several words in mind while doing math problems,” have you determined whether the subject’s strategy with math is primarily verbal or visuo-spatial? If the WMC capacity test is effectively finding greater visuo-spatial working memory, rather than verbal, then it might be that self-control more correlates with a capacity for “vision” of goals than “self-talk” of goals. Until you disambiguate this, the argument that self-control equates to greater capacity for self-talk isn’t strong.

You also should contend with Aaron Beck’s findings suggesting that self-talk, lodged presumably in working memory, often leads to a neurotic lack of self-control, which can be improved precisely by training subjects to gain psychological distance from the self-talk – what his well-proven “cognitive therapy” consists in.

In folk psychology, of course, inner speech just is self-control, and there’s a homunculus over there producing it, or is it that we’re supposed to be the homunculus? All the standard arguments against a homunculus need to be disarmed, perhaps by better separating your claim from the folk psychological picture.

Also, even if better self-control capacity correlates with better verbal (as compared to visuo-spatial) working memory capacity, you need to show that it isn’t the other way around: that better self-control capacity produces better working memory capacity. Keeping something within working memory is itself arguably an instance of self-control.

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Comment on Information Integration Theory of Consciousness by Oliver http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-283593 OliverWed, 12 Mar 2008 08:07:37 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/#comment-283593It makes no sense to me to propose fugue as evidence contrary to the phi hypothesis. Far from hypothesizing that a person's phi must be always high, Tononi suggests that it diminishes as one falls asleep--and he published a beautiful experiment in Science in 2005 that lends support to exactly that. There are people who function with one hemisphere, suggesting they are consciousness with half the phi of others. And how about the brains of two year-olds. I don't see what any of this has to do with Tononi's hypothesis.It makes no sense to me to propose fugue as evidence contrary to the phi hypothesis. Far from hypothesizing that a person’s phi must be always high, Tononi suggests that it diminishes as one falls asleep–and he published a beautiful experiment in Science in 2005 that lends support to exactly that. There are people who function with one hemisphere, suggesting they are consciousness with half the phi of others. And how about the brains of two year-olds. I don’t see what any of this has to do with Tononi’s hypothesis. ]]>Comment on From Monkey Brain to Human Brain: A Fyssen Foundation Symposium by Anibal http://sciconrev.org/2008/02/from-monkey-brain-to-human-brain-a-fyssen-foundation-symposium/comment-page-1/#comment-283153 AnibalThu, 07 Feb 2008 11:47:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2008/02/from-monkey-brain-to-human-brain-a-fyssen-foundation-symposium/#comment-283153I read this book as soon as it was published because i was looking for the published work of one of the most accomplished authors in what is known as social cogntive neuroscience, his name is David I. Perrett. The book represents an updated mixture of distinct levels of comaprison between human and monkey brains ranging from anatomical studies, dietary influences on brain evolution in both species, homeobox genes, mirror neurons, arithmetic or number sense faculty, tool manipulation... and other share characteristics. A good inversion!I read this book as soon as it was published because i was looking for the published work of one of the most accomplished authors in what is known as social cogntive neuroscience, his name is David I. Perrett.
The book represents an updated mixture of distinct levels of comaprison between human and monkey brains ranging from anatomical studies, dietary influences on brain evolution in both species, homeobox genes, mirror neurons, arithmetic or number sense faculty, tool manipulation… and other share characteristics.
A good inversion! ]]>
Comment on God on the brain by Spinoza http://sciconrev.org/2008/01/god-on-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-283029 SpinozaSat, 02 Feb 2008 02:34:37 +0000http://sci-con.org/2008/01/god-on-the-brain/#comment-283029Not exactly new data as the link between the physical brain, especally via temporal lobe disturbances or the loci of the temporo-parietal junction has been know for years. The evidence is far more persuasive that so-called mystical or "profound" religious/spiritual experience is derived from physical, causal phenomena... and the notion of god is clearly constructed from the bottom up... versus the bizarro hypothesis that humans are somehow "hardwired" by an unknown supernatural creator entity. The latter hypothesis beyond lame since if such an entity existed, which is totally devoid of proof, the "neurotheological" circuit would be 1. present in all and 2. lead to perfect communion with this occult, ephemeral being. Whether it's the "god gene" or Persinger's "god machine"... or OOB's... or religious hallucinations induced by drugs or schizophrenia... it is crystal clear to me that man has created god out of ignorance of the natural world, fear of death... and the wish to be demigods and live forever. The fact that the belief in a god that has left not a trace in the physical world is a fixed delusion speaks volumes of a clear link between mental illness and the attendant hallucinations which often take on religious themes. I had a friend once who literally went crazy on drugs... a brilliant,jewish muscian during the late 60's. He was later arrested and in court defended himself in the person of jesus christ. Clearly, our culture determines the dialog and narrative these "visions and voices" will take. Cheers to all who seek.Not exactly new data as the link between the physical brain, especally via temporal lobe disturbances or the loci of the temporo-parietal junction has been know for years. The evidence is far more persuasive that so-called mystical or “profound” religious/spiritual experience is derived from physical, causal phenomena… and the notion of god is clearly constructed from the bottom up… versus the bizarro hypothesis that humans are somehow “hardwired” by an unknown supernatural creator entity.

The latter hypothesis beyond lame since if such an entity existed, which is totally devoid of proof, the “neurotheological” circuit would be 1. present in all and 2. lead to perfect communion with this occult, ephemeral being.

Whether it’s the “god gene” or Persinger’s “god machine”… or OOB’s… or religious hallucinations induced by drugs or schizophrenia… it is crystal clear to me that man has created god out of ignorance of the natural world, fear of death… and the wish to be demigods and live forever.

The fact that the belief in a god that has left not a trace in the physical world is a fixed delusion speaks volumes of a clear link between mental illness and the attendant hallucinations which often take on religious themes. I had a friend once who literally went crazy on drugs… a brilliant,jewish muscian during the late 60′s. He was later arrested and in court defended himself in the person of jesus christ. Clearly, our culture determines the dialog and narrative these “visions and voices” will take.

Cheers to all who seek.

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Comment on God on the brain by Anibal http://sciconrev.org/2008/01/god-on-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-283016 AnibalFri, 01 Feb 2008 10:47:09 +0000http://sci-con.org/2008/01/god-on-the-brain/#comment-283016There seems to be two camps interesecting throught out the many areas and subareas inquiring about the religious experience and pehnomena. The first one advocating that religious phenomena could be a universal trait, tries to find a correlation in our nature, particularly in our brains, about how the trascendental mind evolve. Dean Hamer investigations pointing to a gene (VMAT2) encoding for a neurochemical that builds our preponsity to believe in God it is an example. On the ohter hand, are those who in the style of the evolutionary psychology argues that the religious phenomena and its underlying cognitive scaffolding, it is a result of the interplay of selected cognitive faculties ending in an unexpected by-product not orginally selected for anything. My question is, independently of what explanatation you favors, why we belive in God? what is the advantage?There seems to be two camps interesecting throught out the many areas and subareas inquiring about the religious experience and pehnomena.
The first one advocating that religious phenomena could be a universal trait, tries to find a correlation in our nature, particularly in our brains, about how the trascendental mind evolve.
Dean Hamer investigations pointing to a gene (VMAT2) encoding for a neurochemical that builds our preponsity to believe in God it is an example.
On the ohter hand, are those who in the style of the evolutionary psychology argues that the religious phenomena and its underlying cognitive scaffolding, it is a result of the interplay of selected cognitive faculties ending in an unexpected by-product not orginally selected for anything.
My question is, independently of what explanatation you favors, why we belive in God? what is the advantage? ]]>
Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Spinoza http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-282648 SpinozaSat, 05 Jan 2008 00:14:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-282648Nice synopsis and commentary... and as a physician with an interest in the neurosciences, I would argue that anyone challenging Sir Francis Crick's "astonishing hypothesis" that the mind consists of anything beyond our intricately evolved neural network (aka physical brain) is engaging in magical thinking at the very least. I would add that along with researching dream-states during sleep... progressive levels of anesthesia and brain/mind altering drugs are fertile ground which have been sadly abandoned until only recently. Regarding one commenter pontificating that QM has slayed any notion of a deterministic universe... and without a shread of evidence asserts free-will (FW) exists... I think absurd. Like evolution, the great weight of evidence has demonstrated the utter lack of FW, whether from mountains of reasearch in neurobiology or interrelated genetics. The alleged randomness of QM does not equate in any sense with some notion of FW. Quite the contrary, it would be a strong argument against it. Someone as eminent as Gerard t'Hooft has authored a paper on the "determinism underlying QM" as I recall! I challenge anyone who desires to escape the determined Natural world (but certainly NOT the simplistically "mechanistic") to explain the nature of this "free-willing agent" which somehow, by some means, supervenes on our physical brains. When did this supernatural agency appear in the context of human evolution, apart from the evolution of our physical brains? When during our embryological development does FW appear? Does FW operate at the synaptic, neuronal level... or is it some kind of ethereal super-identity, which comes from who-knows-where... for who-knows-why? Cheers.Nice synopsis and commentary… and as a physician with an interest in the neurosciences, I would argue that anyone challenging Sir Francis Crick’s “astonishing hypothesis” that the mind consists of anything beyond our intricately evolved neural network (aka physical brain) is engaging in magical thinking at the very least.

I would add that along with researching dream-states during sleep… progressive levels of anesthesia and brain/mind altering drugs are fertile ground which have been sadly abandoned until only recently.

Regarding one commenter pontificating that QM has slayed any notion of a deterministic universe… and without a shread of evidence asserts free-will (FW) exists… I think absurd. Like evolution, the great weight of evidence has demonstrated the utter lack of FW, whether from mountains of reasearch in neurobiology or interrelated genetics. The alleged randomness of QM does not equate in any sense with some notion of FW. Quite the contrary, it would be a strong argument against it. Someone as eminent as Gerard t’Hooft has authored a paper on the “determinism underlying QM” as I recall!
I challenge anyone who desires to escape the determined Natural world (but certainly NOT the simplistically “mechanistic”) to explain the nature of this “free-willing agent” which somehow, by some means, supervenes on our physical brains. When did this supernatural agency appear in the context of human evolution, apart from the evolution of our physical brains? When during our embryological development does FW appear? Does FW operate at the synaptic, neuronal level… or is it some kind of ethereal super-identity, which comes from who-knows-where… for who-knows-why?

Cheers.

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Comment on Researchers can read thoughts to decipher what a person is actually seeing by trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/12/researchers-can-read-thoughts-to-decipher-what-a-person-is-actually-seeing/comment-page-1/#comment-281518 trehubThu, 13 Dec 2007 17:05:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/12/researchers-can-read-thoughts-to-decipher-what-a-person-is-actually-seeing/#comment-281518This naturally raises the question: What kind of brain mechanism can give us an abstract neuronal signal that reliably identifies a person despite changes in pose, and also respond selectively to the name of the person? For the structural and dynamic details of a candidate brain mechanism that can do the job, see Trehub, A (1991) *The Cognitive Brain* (TCB), Ch. 3 Learning, Imagery, Tokens, and Types: The Synaptic Matrix. For a computer simulation test of the performance of the cognitive brain model, see TCB, Ch. 12 Self-Directed Learning in a Complex Environment. For a another account of the learning and recognition of faces by the proposed model, see Trehub, A. (1997) Sparse coding of faces in a neuronal model: interpreting cell population response in object recognition. In J. W. Donahoe & V. P. Dorsal (Eds), *Neural Network Models of Cognition: Biobehavioral Foundations*. Elsevier Science. Arnold TrehubThis naturally raises the question: What kind of brain mechanism can give us an abstract neuronal signal that reliably identifies a person despite changes in pose, and also respond selectively to the name of the person? For the structural and dynamic details of a candidate brain mechanism that can do the job, see Trehub, A (1991) *The Cognitive Brain* (TCB), Ch. 3 Learning, Imagery, Tokens, and Types: The Synaptic Matrix. For a computer simulation test of the performance of the cognitive brain model, see TCB, Ch. 12 Self-Directed Learning in a Complex Environment. For a another account of the learning and recognition of faces by the proposed model, see Trehub, A. (1997) Sparse coding of faces in a neuronal model: interpreting cell population response in object recognition. In J. W. Donahoe & V. P. Dorsal (Eds), *Neural Network Models of Cognition: Biobehavioral Foundations*. Elsevier Science.

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Comment on Baby study suggests beauty is not in the eye of the beholder by jfisher5 http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/comment-page-1/#comment-281480 jfisher5Wed, 12 Dec 2007 21:38:37 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/#comment-281480Does anyone know if the babies used were all male, all female or a mix of both?Does anyone know if the babies used were all male, all female or a mix of both? ]]>Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by doug seyfried http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-281381 doug seyfriedFri, 07 Dec 2007 20:10:23 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-281381I really enjoyed this book. The points are made clearly and fit with my knowledge of neuroscience as well as my everyday experience. In many ways this is the best physics book I've read (and I've read too many).I really enjoyed this book. The points are made clearly and fit with my knowledge of neuroscience as well as my everyday experience.
In many ways this is the best physics book I’ve read (and I’ve read too many). ]]>
Comment on Distance changes face perception? by thomasr http://sciconrev.org/2007/11/distance-changes-face-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-281375 thomasrFri, 07 Dec 2007 10:11:12 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/11/distance-changes-face-perception/#comment-281375jqp, this is exactly the idea with SCR. As this is a non-profit and free-labour initiative, we cannot do much else than point people to the relevant sources of new information. Arnold so brilliantly offers the details, thus making the post more valuable. SCR relies on the effort of all. We need your contributions! Best, Thomasjqp, this is exactly the idea with SCR. As this is a non-profit and free-labour initiative, we cannot do much else than point people to the relevant sources of new information. Arnold so brilliantly offers the details, thus making the post more valuable. SCR relies on the effort of all. We need your contributions!

Best,
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Comment on Distance changes face perception? by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/11/distance-changes-face-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-280132 Arnold TrehubSat, 10 Nov 2007 18:41:54 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/11/distance-changes-face-perception/#comment-280132This striking illusion helps us understand the role of the neuronal brain mechanism for size constancy in visual perception. I don't know what the creators of the illusion would say, but this is how it seems to me. The two images are each composed of two facial expressions, namely *calm* and *angry*. However, in the face on the left the angry features are composed of high spatial-frequency components, and the calm features are composed of low spatial-frequency components. For the face on the right, calm is expressed by high spatial-frequency features and angry is low frequency. If we view the two faces from a distance of 1 foot, the high-frequency features dominate so the left face is angry while the right face is calm. If we view the faces from a distance of 10 feet, the low-frequency features dominate so the left face is calm while the right face is angry. This all happens because the size-constancy mechanism in the visual system expands the brain's representation of the faces to compensate as their retinal size contracts tenfold when we move back from a 1-foot view to a 10-foot view. As this happens, visual resolution is degraded with the increase in viewing distance, and the low-frequency features become dominant. Hence the switch in facial expression. For a detailed neuronal model of the brain's putative size-constancy mechanism see *The Cognitive Brain*, pp. 89-93. If there is another explanation for this illusion, I would very much like to see it. Arnold TrehubThis striking illusion helps us understand the role of the neuronal brain mechanism for size constancy in visual perception. I don’t know what the creators of the illusion would say, but this is how it seems to me. The two images are each composed of two facial expressions, namely *calm* and *angry*. However, in the face on the left the angry features are composed of high spatial-frequency components, and the calm features are composed of low spatial-frequency components. For the face on the right, calm is expressed
by high spatial-frequency features and angry is low frequency. If we view the two faces from a distance of 1 foot, the high-frequency features dominate so the left face is angry while the right face is calm. If we view the faces from a distance of 10 feet, the low-frequency features dominate so the left face is calm while the right face is angry. This all happens because the size-constancy mechanism in the visual system expands the brain’s representation of the faces to compensate as their retinal size contracts tenfold when we move back from a 1-foot view to a 10-foot view.
As this happens, visual resolution is degraded with the increase in viewing distance, and the low-frequency features become dominant. Hence the switch in facial expression. For a detailed neuronal model of the brain’s putative size-constancy mechanism see *The Cognitive Brain*, pp. 89-93. If there is another explanation for this illusion, I would very much like to see it.

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Comment on Dynamic neural correlates of consciousness by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/10/843/comment-page-1/#comment-279820 Arnold TrehubWed, 31 Oct 2007 18:41:11 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/10/843/#comment-279820This paper from Dehaene's group gives us additional strong evidence in support of Baar's Global Workspace theory of consciousness. If the evolutionary benefit of consciousness is to provide us (the human organism) with a global representation of our world to which we must adapt in order to survive and flourish, it must be an internally constructed model of the world from an egocentric perspective. This internal (brain) model must contain all salient features of the world organized in proper spatio-temporal register (accurate feature binding) within a 3D representational system that includes a representaion of the self (the owner of egocentric space) at its spatial origin. This would conform with Revonsuo's suggestion that our phenomenal experience depends on a brain system which can provide a transparent model of the world from an egocentric perspective. What kind of brain system can give us a transparent model of the world from an egocentric perspective? My claim is that what I have called the *retinoid system* is, in effect, Baar's Global Workspace. It is a global representational space with widespread output to, and input from all sensory processing modalities in the brain (see Fig.8 in Trehub (2007), Space, self, and the theater of consciousness , *Consciousness and Cognition*). The minimal structural and dynamic properties of its neuronal mechanisms and systems have been detailed in *The Cognitive Brain*. Arnold TrehubThis paper from Dehaene’s group gives us additional strong evidence in support of Baar’s Global Workspace theory of consciousness. If the evolutionary benefit of consciousness is to provide us (the human organism) with a global representation of our world to which we must adapt in order to survive and flourish, it must be an internally constructed model of the world from an egocentric perspective. This internal (brain) model must contain all salient features of the world organized in proper spatio-temporal register (accurate feature binding) within a 3D representational system that includes a representaion of the self (the owner of egocentric space) at its spatial origin. This would conform with Revonsuo’s suggestion that our phenomenal experience depends on a brain system which can provide a transparent model of the world from an egocentric perspective. What kind of brain system can give us a transparent model of the world from an egocentric perspective? My claim is that what I have called the *retinoid system* is, in effect, Baar’s Global Workspace. It is a global representational space with widespread output to, and input from all sensory processing modalities in the brain (see Fig.8 in Trehub (2007), Space, self, and the theater of consciousness , *Consciousness and Cognition*). The minimal structural and dynamic properties of its neuronal mechanisms and systems have been detailed in *The Cognitive Brain*.

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Comment on Psychic studies may be influenced by suggestion: by Annalisa http://sciconrev.org/2007/10/psychic-studies-may-be-influenced-by-suggestion/comment-page-1/#comment-279819 AnnalisaWed, 31 Oct 2007 15:44:34 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/10/psychic-studies-may-be-influenced-by-suggestion/#comment-279819The purpose of Dr. Woofit's study was to use the setting of the ganzfeld experiments for a closer look at the influence of experimenters on participants in general. The ganzfeld is a double-blind experiment, so it was impossible for the experimenters to influence participants into choosing the target image. The Clever Hans analogy is not warranted here because his owner knew the answer, but these experimenters did not. Rather, Dr. Woofit was using this particular lab to illustrate a broader set of methodological issues that are well known in social psychology and certainly not specific to ganzfeld experiments. It was an opportunity to talk about the ganzfeld to an audience who didn't know anything about it, thus sharing the message about parapsychology's serious scientific objectives and intriguing results. What he did not anticipate is that people would not read his study closely (if at all) and report it incorrectly on the internet as you have done above.The purpose of Dr. Woofit’s study was to use the setting of the ganzfeld experiments for a closer look at the influence of experimenters on participants in general. The ganzfeld is a double-blind experiment, so it was impossible for the experimenters to influence participants into choosing the target image. The Clever Hans analogy is not warranted here because his owner knew the answer, but these experimenters did not.

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Comment on The Feeling of Familiarity of Music and Odors: The Same Neural Signature? by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/comment-page-1/#comment-279713 Arnold TrehubThu, 25 Oct 2007 19:09:13 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/#comment-279713Thanks, Thomas, for the references. While I was aware of other relevant work, I had not seen these reports. Best, ArnoldThanks, Thomas, for the references. While I was aware of other relevant work, I had not seen these reports.

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Comment on The Feeling of Familiarity of Music and Odors: The Same Neural Signature? by thomasr http://sciconrev.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/comment-page-1/#comment-279709 thomasrThu, 25 Oct 2007 08:38:15 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/#comment-279709Dear Arnold, You are probably aware of this, but regions within the medial temporal lobe, especially the perirhinal cortex, is most sensitive to novelty (se refs below). Conversely, the hippocampus seems to be involved in familiarity processing, although there is a tight interdependence between the two processes and regions. Best, Thomas References: Dissociating intentional learning from relative novelty responses in the medial temporal lobe. Strange BA, Hurlemann R, Duggins A, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ Neuroimage. 2005 Mar ; 25(1): 51-62 Novelty responses to relational and non-relational information in the hippocampus and the parahippocampal region: a comparison based on event-related fMRI. Köhler S, Danckert S, Gati JS, Menon RS Hippocampus. 2005; 15(6): 763-74 Conceptual and perceptual novelty effects in human medial temporal cortex. O'Kane G, Insler RZ, Wagner AD Hippocampus. 2005; 15(3): 326-32Dear Arnold,

You are probably aware of this, but regions within the medial temporal lobe, especially the perirhinal cortex, is most sensitive to novelty (se refs below). Conversely, the hippocampus seems to be involved in familiarity processing, although there is a tight interdependence between the two processes and regions.

Best,
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References:
Dissociating intentional learning from relative novelty responses in the medial temporal lobe.
Strange BA, Hurlemann R, Duggins A, Heinze HJ, Dolan RJ
Neuroimage. 2005 Mar ; 25(1): 51-62

Novelty responses to relational and non-relational information in the hippocampus and the parahippocampal region: a comparison based on event-related fMRI.
Köhler S, Danckert S, Gati JS, Menon RS
Hippocampus. 2005; 15(6): 763-74

Conceptual and perceptual novelty effects in human medial temporal cortex.
O’Kane G, Insler RZ, Wagner AD
Hippocampus. 2005; 15(3): 326-32

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Comment on The Feeling of Familiarity of Music and Odors: The Same Neural Signature? by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/comment-page-1/#comment-279639 Arnold TrehubMon, 22 Oct 2007 20:13:16 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/#comment-279639If we think of the feeling of familiarity as the opposite of the feeling of novelty, the brain mechanism that gives us a novelty signal might also be involved in signaling familiarity. In *The Cognitive brain* (pp.83-85), I have proposed a simple neuronal mechanism that can signal the novelty of a stimulus based upon the time it takes for a detection mechanism to classify the stimulus. This involves a latency threshold for the discharge of a novelty cell. If classification of the stimulus input occurs before the novelty-signalling cell is discharged, the integrated post-synaptic potential (EPSP) of the novelty cell is reset. The neuronal discharge which resets the novelty cell might be responsible for our feeling of familiarity since this mechanism would be multimodal (operative for detection over any sensory modality). Arnold TrehubIf we think of the feeling of familiarity as the opposite of the feeling of novelty, the brain mechanism that gives us a novelty signal might also be involved in signaling familiarity. In *The Cognitive brain* (pp.83-85), I have proposed a simple neuronal mechanism that can signal the novelty of a stimulus based upon the time it takes for a detection mechanism to classify the stimulus. This involves a latency threshold for the discharge of a novelty cell. If classification of the stimulus input occurs before the novelty-signalling cell is discharged, the integrated post-synaptic
potential (EPSP) of the novelty cell is reset. The neuronal discharge which resets the novelty cell might be responsible for our feeling of familiarity since this mechanism would be multimodal (operative for detection over any sensory modality).

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Comment on Higher social skills are uniquely human by qzconnect » Higher social skills are uniquely human http://sciconrev.org/2007/09/higher-social-skills-are-uniquely-human/comment-page-1/#comment-279452 qzconnect » Higher social skills are uniquely humanMon, 22 Oct 2007 16:52:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/09/higher-social-skills-are-uniquely-human/#comment-279452[...] all the details here [...][...] all the details here [...] ]]>Comment on The Feeling of Familiarity of Music and Odors: The Same Neural Signature? by 68desks » The Feeling of Familiarity of Music and Odors: The Same Neural … http://sciconrev.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/comment-page-1/#comment-279428 68desks » The Feeling of Familiarity of Music and Odors: The Same Neural …Mon, 22 Oct 2007 16:32:07 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/10/the-feeling-of-familiarity-of-music-and-odors-the-same-neural-signature/#comment-279428[...] here for [...][...] here for [...] ]]>Comment on WELCOME To The New SCR! by Jumana Fanni http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/welcome-to-the-new-scr/comment-page-1/#comment-278026 Jumana FanniSun, 21 Oct 2007 21:09:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/welcome-to-the-new-scr/#comment-278026when you say it's ove. Jumana Fanni.when you say it’s ove. Jumana Fanni. ]]>Comment on Can we improve mind reading? by Elizabeth Hensley http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/can-we-improve-mind-reading/comment-page-1/#comment-271109 Elizabeth HensleyThu, 18 Oct 2007 03:43:16 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/can-we-improve-mind-reading/#comment-271109How long does the effect last? How expensive is it? Could this be used to treat autism and aspergers syndrome?How long does the effect last? How expensive is it? Could this be used to treat autism and aspergers syndrome? ]]>Comment on Why are watch enthusiasts more self-reflective? by Michael Horn http://sciconrev.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/comment-page-1/#comment-268644 Michael HornTue, 16 Oct 2007 17:48:43 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/#comment-268644As a left handed sports car owner with classical music on the CD player - I find your survey fascinating. I am an Admin/Mod on an internet watch forum (BDWF.net) and took your survey with predictable interest. As a retired Army officer _ I spend much time "sorting out my life". I am currently a computer combat simulation writer and manager under contract for the US Army...As a left handed sports car owner with classical music on the CD player – I find your survey fascinating. I am an Admin/Mod on an internet watch forum (BDWF.net) and took your survey with predictable interest. As a retired Army officer _ I spend much time “sorting out my life”. I am currently a computer combat simulation writer and manager under contract for the US Army… ]]>Comment on Visual hallucinations? Draw it! by Cheryl http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/visual-hallucinations-draw-it/comment-page-1/#comment-264922 CherylSat, 13 Oct 2007 23:55:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/visual-hallucinations-draw-it/#comment-264922I am a 41 year old female. I'm not sure yet what my "aura" is associated with. I have pervasive low-grade headaches (perhaps migraines). My aura is/are bright pinpoint flashes of light, like a mini-strobe, occurring singly but sometimes a few in the space of a minute, usually within the same part of my field of vision (central). While driving, the "aura" could be a single flash of a strobe on a distant radio-tower (as I approach that area, there is no tower) or while working on my computer, it appears as though a single pixel flared suddenly very bright - lasting 1/4 second. I experience these any time and any where, usually while beginning to relax. My first experiences were in the shower, about 5 minutes into the shower, as water was hitting my head (soothing, relaxing). At first I did not think the flashes of light were anything more than reflective sparkles off droplets of water... but over time (4-5 years) the lights have grown in frequency and intensity. I can experience 5 of six flashes per day for a week, then nothing for a couple of weeks, then a recurrence of symptoms. Headaches are loosely associated with the flashes of light, but I have yet to establish a pattern in the correlation. However: I take a beta-blocker to prevent the headaches - and I notice that when I miss a dose, I usually see light flashes. ~ CherylI am a 41 year old female. I’m not sure yet what my “aura” is associated with. I have pervasive low-grade headaches (perhaps migraines). My aura is/are bright pinpoint flashes of light, like a mini-strobe, occurring singly but sometimes a few in the space of a minute, usually within the same part of my field of vision (central). While driving, the “aura” could be a single flash of a strobe on a distant radio-tower (as I approach that area, there is no tower) or while working on my computer, it appears as though a single pixel flared suddenly very bright – lasting 1/4 second. I experience these any time and any where, usually while beginning to relax. My first experiences were in the shower, about 5 minutes into the shower, as water was hitting my head (soothing, relaxing). At first I did not think the flashes of light were anything more than reflective sparkles off droplets of water… but over time (4-5 years) the lights have grown in frequency and intensity. I can experience 5 of six flashes per day for a week, then nothing for a couple of weeks, then a recurrence of symptoms. Headaches are loosely associated with the flashes of light, but I have yet to establish a pattern in the correlation. However: I take a beta-blocker to prevent the headaches – and I notice that when I miss a dose, I usually see light flashes. ~ Cheryl ]]>Comment on Brain stem may be key to consciousness: by Anibal http://sciconrev.org/2007/09/brain-stem-may-be-key-to-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-257478 AnibalTue, 09 Oct 2007 11:17:22 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/09/brain-stem-may-be-key-to-consciousness/#comment-257478I´m also inclined to think that brainstem functions are vital for human conciousness. The "reticular activating system" seems crucial for arousal, an integral component of conciousness, and the brainstem is similar to a relay-station of input to mayor telencephalic areas. Another issue of mayor importance is that many neurologists specialized in the determination of brain death (e.g. Bernat) are reluctant to consider the neocortical formulation of brain death (in the worst case, the whole formulation), and have to exclude thereby congenitally decorticated infants or vegetative patients from being alive.I´m also inclined to think that brainstem functions are vital for human conciousness. The “reticular activating system” seems crucial for arousal, an integral component of conciousness, and the brainstem is similar to a relay-station of input to mayor telencephalic areas.
Another issue of mayor importance is that many neurologists specialized in the determination of brain death (e.g. Bernat) are reluctant to consider the neocortical formulation of brain death (in the worst case, the whole formulation), and have to exclude thereby congenitally decorticated infants or vegetative patients from being alive. ]]>
Comment on How the brain becomes aware of errors by sarah http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/how-the-brain-becomes-aware-of-errors/comment-page-1/#comment-250722 sarahFri, 05 Oct 2007 14:18:57 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/how-the-brain-becomes-aware-of-errors/#comment-250722I am doing a study on the stroop effect. I have been studing it and wanted to know more about the parts of the brain that are used from the stroop effectI am doing a study on the stroop effect. I have been studing it and wanted to know more about the parts of the brain that are used from the stroop effect ]]>Comment on Minds, brains and programs — Searle BBS draft by ideania http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/minds-brains-and-programs-searle-bbs-draft/comment-page-1/#comment-250664 ideaniaFri, 05 Oct 2007 12:47:56 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/minds-brains-and-programs-searle-bbs-draft/#comment-250664Привет. Продаю персональный сертификат WebMoney за $99. Можете проверить: WMID 322973398779 Redfern Всё чисто, не одной жалоб. Сделан на утерянные документы. Всё законно. Если нужно, то есть сертификаты ещё. Стучацо в личную почту на Вебмани. Это не спам. Не пишите на мой WMID жалобы в арбитраж Вебмани.Привет.
Продаю персональный сертификат WebMoney за $99.
Можете проверить: WMID 322973398779 Redfern
Всё чисто, не одной жалоб. Сделан на утерянные документы. Всё законно.
Если нужно, то есть сертификаты ещё.
Стучацо в личную почту на Вебмани.

Это не спам. Не пишите на мой WMID жалобы в арбитраж Вебмани.

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Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-233431 Arnold TrehubTue, 25 Sep 2007 16:52:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-233431Re comment# 7, in attempting to explain consciousness, there is not just one hard problem, there are two hard problems. The first problem is to explain the sheer existence of consciousness per se; the second problem is to explain the phenomenal content of consciousness. Attempting to explain the existence of consciousness is similar to the problem of explaining the existence of the electromagnetic forces or space-time. Attempting to explain the phenomenal content of consciousness amounts to the problem of explaining the design of the most complex biophysical information-processing system known (the human brain). Explaining the sheer existence of consciousness seems currently to be as intractable in the study of mind as explaining the existence of the electromagnetic forces is in physics. On the other hand, we are making real progress in elucidating the neuronal mechanisms and systems in the brain that can account for the phenomenal content of consciousness. Arnold TrehubRe comment# 7, in attempting to explain consciousness, there is not just
one hard problem, there are two hard problems. The first problem is to explain the sheer existence of consciousness per se; the second problem is to explain the phenomenal content of consciousness. Attempting to explain the existence of consciousness is similar to the problem of explaining the existence of the electromagnetic forces or space-time. Attempting to
explain the phenomenal content of consciousness amounts to the problem of explaining the design of the most complex biophysical information-processing system known (the human brain). Explaining the sheer existence of consciousness seems currently to be as intractable in the study of mind as explaining the existence of the electromagnetic forces is in physics.
On the other hand, we are making real progress in elucidating the neuronal mechanisms and systems in the brain that can account for the phenomenal content of consciousness.

Arnold Trehub

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Comment on Brain stem may be key to consciousness: by Peter F http://sciconrev.org/2007/09/brain-stem-may-be-key-to-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-230861 Peter FMon, 24 Sep 2007 04:39:11 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/09/brain-stem-may-be-key-to-consciousness/#comment-230861Before we try to determine what are the causes of consciousness it might be helpful to accept that we are not collectively clear about what we mean by it. However, it ought to be obvious that a sufficient metabolic turnover fueling the firing of excitatory signals from certain basal brainstem 'reticular activating type' neurons with excitatory synaptic efferent influences on, other in turn excitatory superposed neurons within the actention selection serving system, is how any level or mode (or aspect) of consciousness is being energized. We ought to be able to accept that it is a continuum of self-regulatory capacity that include both a vigilant and reflexive autonoumous sensorymotor type modular actention selection serving system (~ up to an amphibian style system for "paying actention"), up to a emotion effecting, or feeling, such system; and a cognitive (including 'abstractly aware') mode of being "actentive" or "paying {metabolically, i.e.) actention".Before we try to determine what are the causes of consciousness it might be helpful to accept that we are not collectively clear about what we mean by it.

However, it ought to be obvious that a sufficient metabolic turnover fueling the firing of excitatory signals from certain basal brainstem ‘reticular activating type’ neurons with excitatory synaptic efferent influences on, other in turn excitatory superposed neurons within the actention selection serving system, is how any level or mode (or aspect) of consciousness is being energized.

We ought to be able to accept that it is a continuum of self-regulatory capacity that include both a vigilant and reflexive autonoumous sensorymotor type modular actention selection serving system (~ up to an amphibian style system for “paying actention”), up to a emotion effecting, or feeling, such system; and a cognitive (including ‘abstractly aware’) mode of being “actentive” or “paying {metabolically, i.e.) actention”.

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Comment on Ned Block paper, BBS call for commentators by jimineykbc http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/ned-block-paper-bbs-call-for-commentators/comment-page-1/#comment-230406 jimineykbcSun, 23 Sep 2007 22:37:42 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/ned-block-paper-bbs-call-for-commentators/#comment-230406Hey, I was wondering if anyone here has a habit of coming up with cool business ideas out of nowhere, but never got around to attempting them. Here are mine: consumer generated power household recycling plants innovative ringtones (like <a href="http://www.news.com/5208-1033_3-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=31380&messageID=312987" rel="nofollow">fart ringtones</a> for young people) retail approach to recycling carbon offsets by sms share yours if you don't mind revealing your genius. :)Hey, I was wondering if anyone here has a habit of coming up with cool business ideas out of nowhere, but never got around to attempting them.
Here are mine:
consumer generated power
household recycling plants
innovative ringtones (like fart ringtones for young people)
retail approach to recycling
carbon offsets by sms

share yours if you don’t mind revealing your genius. :)

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Comment on Baby study suggests beauty is not in the eye of the beholder by Veronica http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/comment-page-1/#comment-230393 VeronicaSun, 23 Sep 2007 22:26:11 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/#comment-230393I recently answered a question similiar to this in my "myspace" blog. I would have to somewhat agree with the study, because I use to own a preschool ages 6wks to 6yrs. I noticed the children reacted different when I was talking or looking at them. They seemed more attentive. When I am in grocery stores infants and children stare at me. Their parents seemed amazed and bewildered and this included all races...I recently answered a question similiar to this in my “myspace” blog. I would have to somewhat agree with the study, because I use to own a preschool ages 6wks to 6yrs. I noticed the children reacted different when I was talking or looking at them. They seemed more attentive. When I am in grocery stores infants and children stare at me. Their parents seemed amazed and bewildered and this included all races… ]]>Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Dee http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-227563 DeeFri, 21 Sep 2007 23:32:56 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-227563Douglas Seyfried makes an excellent point in comment #6. I have noticed that philosophers are still talking about the "problem" of determinism versus free will, even though quantum mechanics long ago killed determinism dead. (And yes, quantum phenomena can magnify up to a macroscopic scale; as radiation sickness and genetic mutations due to cosmic rays prove.) So there seems to some reluctance among philosophers to take quantum theory seriously at its face value, even though it's now about a hundred years old, and one of the best confirmed theories in the history of science. I have to wonder if this is not a big part of the common materialist presumption that physics has "complete causal closure." When physical phenomena are based on quantum phenomena, which have a built-in random factor, it's hard to see how that can be characterized as "complete causal closure." Granted, there are the intermittent attempts of a few determined determinists -- such as David Bohm, to rewrite quantum theory into something that it's not; but among physicists the Copenhagen interpretation wins broad support. One might claim that the "complete causal closure" of physics does not imply that all events have a physical cause, but it only implies that if they have any cause at all, then that cause must be physical. However, physicists generally don't make those same kinds of claims on reality; they're inherently more modest than philosophers when it comes to the role of physics in describing the nature of the universe. The standard assertion of "No Hidden Variables" refers to no hidden *physical* causative factors, which would lead to physical determinism. It says nothing at all about potential non-physical variables that might act as causative factors. To some minds, the gap in causation at the quantum level -- which is ubiquitous, since all physical processes are ultimately based on quantum physics -- is one possible place for consciousness to hide out in the physical world, and for free will as a causative agent. (This could readily lead to a panpsychist view of the physical world, since consciousness per se would not be restricted to biological entities and processes, but would permeate all of physical reality. However, the specifics of biology and physics and chemistry would of course restrict the range of actions and behaviors that any physical entity could exhibit, as well as their range of phenomenal experience.) This introduction of non-physical aspects to the universe is widely abhorred by contemporary philosophers, who often seem to think they are being "scientific" by adopting the philosophical stance of materialism. But materialism is not demonstrated by science; it's just a metaphysical assumption. It so happens that physical science generally works well with materialism as a useful default assumption; but that's only to say that physical science is about physical stuff, and not about non-physical stuff. All areas of inquiry have a proper domain, and the fact that the proper domain of physical science is physical stuff should not imply that there are no other domains or dimensions to reality, or that other areas of inquiry should be compelled to limit themselves to the default assumptions of physical science. And, of course, the physical sciences can also be compatible with other metaphysical stances, such as idealism or dualism. There is no necessary violation of the known facts or laws of science involved in assuming that all the scientific facts that we know about the universe are the result of a universe composed of consciousness. Insofar as physics does not concern itself with consciousness, it has nothing to say about whether consciousness is constructed out of physical processes, or whether the physical universe is constructed out of consciousness, or whether consciousness and physicality are two aspects of some underlying unity. But when it comes to attempts to understand the mind, regarding the materialistic assumption as the necessary default assumption makes no sense. It's like wearing dark purple sunglasses, and then looking at a forest and declaring that no non-purple things exist. The most interesting things may be unintentionally filtered out that way. Re comment #7, it did not appear that comment #6 was asserting that quantum phenomena can explain consciousness or its phenomenal content. I took Mr. Seyfried as making a more general point: that materialism assumes a physical cause for all physical events; and that that assumption has been amply disproven by quantum mechanics. But I think one could hold the materialist assumption without the assertion of physical determinism that violates quantum mechanics. That would mean accepting that many physical events ultimately have no cause at all, neither a physical cause nor a non-physical cause. As to explaining consciousness itself, that is a much harder problem than merely explaining some of the details of the contents of conscious experience. David Chalmers did a great job of addressing "the hard problem of consciousness" in his book, outlining how there is something there that seems, from our own direct subjective experience of consciousness, to be fundamentally non-physical. He ended up defending a dualistic metaphysics of sorts; but most of the same arguments would work equally well for an idealistic metaphysics. Idealistic metaphysics is very common in eastern philosophy, but apparently it's anathema in western philosophy these days. (And Berkeley's version of idealism was problematic; but vedantic or Buddhist idealism is quite a different beast.) However, the only objection that western philosophers can seem to raise against idealism is the "but that's just absurd!" objection. That seems like a woeful lapse of intellectual rigor on their part. To maintain that the position of idealism is simply untenable by anyone who is intelllectually serious is demonstrably wrong; as evidenced by its popularity among the most rigorous of Indian philosophers and physicists alike. A reductio ad absurdum argument loses its teeth when confronted with the existence of many profound thinkers who don't seem to find the "absurdity" to be absurd at all. The study of consciousness as an interdisciplinary effort involving science and philosophy and psychology has been revealing fascinating things about the mind and how we think of it. But with regard to some of the "hard problems" of consciousness, I can't help but feel that this area of inquiry will be chasing its own tail in some ways, so long as researchers feel duty bound to swear oaths of fealty to the presumption of a materialistic metaphysics.Douglas Seyfried makes an excellent point in comment #6. I have noticed that philosophers are still talking about the “problem” of determinism versus free will, even though quantum mechanics long ago killed determinism dead. (And yes, quantum phenomena can magnify up to a macroscopic scale; as radiation sickness and genetic mutations due to cosmic rays prove.) So there seems to some reluctance among philosophers to take quantum theory seriously at its face value, even though it’s now about a hundred years old, and one of the best confirmed theories in the history of science.

I have to wonder if this is not a big part of the common materialist presumption that physics has “complete causal closure.” When physical phenomena are based on quantum phenomena, which have a built-in random factor, it’s hard to see how that can be characterized as “complete causal closure.” Granted, there are the intermittent attempts of a few determined determinists — such as David Bohm, to rewrite quantum theory into something that it’s not; but among physicists the Copenhagen interpretation wins broad support. One might claim that the “complete causal closure” of physics does not imply that all events have a physical cause, but it only implies that if they have any cause at all, then that cause must be physical. However, physicists generally don’t make those same kinds of claims on reality; they’re inherently more modest than philosophers when it comes to the role of physics in describing the nature of the universe.

The standard assertion of “No Hidden Variables” refers to no hidden *physical* causative factors, which would lead to physical determinism. It says nothing at all about potential non-physical variables that might act as causative factors. To some minds, the gap in causation at the quantum level — which is ubiquitous, since all physical processes are ultimately based on quantum physics — is one possible place for consciousness to hide out in the physical world, and for free will as a causative agent. (This could readily lead to a panpsychist view of the physical world, since consciousness per se would not be restricted to biological entities and processes, but would permeate all of physical reality. However, the specifics of biology and physics and chemistry would of course restrict the range of actions and behaviors that any physical entity could exhibit, as well as their range of phenomenal experience.)

This introduction of non-physical aspects to the universe is widely abhorred by contemporary philosophers, who often seem to think they are being “scientific” by adopting the philosophical stance of materialism. But materialism is not demonstrated by science; it’s just a metaphysical assumption. It so happens that physical science generally works well with materialism as a useful default assumption; but that’s only to say that physical science is about physical stuff, and not about non-physical stuff. All areas of inquiry have a proper domain, and the fact that the proper domain of physical science is physical stuff should not imply that there are no other domains or dimensions to reality, or that other areas of inquiry should be compelled to limit themselves to the default assumptions of physical science.

And, of course, the physical sciences can also be compatible with other metaphysical stances, such as idealism or dualism. There is no necessary violation of the known facts or laws of science involved in assuming that all the scientific facts that we know about the universe are the result of a universe composed of consciousness. Insofar as physics does not concern itself with consciousness, it has nothing to say about whether consciousness is constructed out of physical processes, or whether the physical universe is constructed out of consciousness, or whether consciousness and physicality are two aspects of some underlying unity.

But when it comes to attempts to understand the mind, regarding the materialistic assumption as the necessary default assumption makes no sense. It’s like wearing dark purple sunglasses, and then looking at a forest and declaring that no non-purple things exist. The most interesting things may be unintentionally filtered out that way.

Re comment #7, it did not appear that comment #6 was asserting that quantum phenomena can explain consciousness or its phenomenal content. I took Mr. Seyfried as making a more general point: that materialism assumes a physical cause for all physical events; and that that assumption has been amply disproven by quantum mechanics. But I think one could hold the materialist assumption without the assertion of physical determinism that violates quantum mechanics. That would mean accepting that many physical events ultimately have no cause at all, neither a physical cause nor a non-physical cause.

As to explaining consciousness itself, that is a much harder problem than merely explaining some of the details of the contents of conscious experience. David Chalmers did a great job of addressing “the hard problem of consciousness” in his book, outlining how there is something there that seems, from our own direct subjective experience of consciousness, to be fundamentally non-physical. He ended up defending a dualistic metaphysics of sorts; but most of the same arguments would work equally well for an idealistic metaphysics.

Idealistic metaphysics is very common in eastern philosophy, but apparently it’s anathema in western philosophy these days. (And Berkeley’s version of idealism was problematic; but vedantic or Buddhist idealism is quite a different beast.) However, the only objection that western philosophers can seem to raise against idealism is the “but that’s just absurd!” objection. That seems like a woeful lapse of intellectual rigor on their part. To maintain that the position of idealism is simply untenable by anyone who is intelllectually serious is demonstrably wrong; as evidenced by its popularity among the most rigorous of Indian philosophers and physicists alike. A reductio ad absurdum argument loses its teeth when confronted with the existence of many profound thinkers who don’t seem to find the “absurdity” to be absurd at all.

The study of consciousness as an interdisciplinary effort involving science and philosophy and psychology has been revealing fascinating things about the mind and how we think of it. But with regard to some of the “hard problems” of consciousness, I can’t help but feel that this area of inquiry will be chasing its own tail in some ways, so long as researchers feel duty bound to swear oaths of fealty to the presumption of a materialistic metaphysics.

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Comment on Scrub-jays plan for the future by Dee http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/scrub-jays-plan-for-the-future/comment-page-1/#comment-227442 DeeFri, 21 Sep 2007 21:45:29 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/scrub-jays-plan-for-the-future/#comment-227442What about squirrels burying acorns for the winter? I recall reading somewhere that squirrels maintain an accurate mental map of just where they planted each of hundreds of acorns. They do appear to go straight to where an acorn is buried, as opposed to randomly digging all over. (However, the acorn may not be there any longer, because the crows also dig them up.)What about squirrels burying acorns for the winter?

I recall reading somewhere that squirrels maintain an accurate mental map of just where they planted each of hundreds of acorns. They do appear to go straight to where an acorn is buried, as opposed to randomly digging all over. (However, the acorn may not be there any longer, because the crows also dig them up.)

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Comment on Empty mind — a brain disorder? by Visitor800 http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-227184 Visitor800Fri, 21 Sep 2007 16:51:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/#comment-227184I have visited your site 594-timesI have visited your site 594-times ]]>Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Alberto http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-226394 AlbertoFri, 21 Sep 2007 04:12:15 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-226394To a layman like myself,it seems to be nothing less than preposterous the notion of classical physics that chooses to ignore the role of the "human agent" (consciousness) in physics. I admire and thank people like Dr. Stapp for making the ideas of quantum physics more accesible to people like me,and for his incursions into neurosciences,that are necessary for the effort to explain the mind-brain interaction.To a layman like myself,it seems to be nothing less than preposterous the notion of classical physics that chooses to ignore the role of the “human agent” (consciousness) in physics.
I admire and thank people like Dr. Stapp for making the ideas of quantum physics more accesible to people like me,and for his incursions into neurosciences,that are necessary for the effort to explain the mind-brain interaction. ]]>
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Sekhar Abstract Intelligence is the function of brain. The structure of brain and it’s location in the living organism have been changing as life forms evolved. A single cell organism has only DNA that can qualify for the status of brain. DNA molecules not only remember their structure but also produce their replicates, the properties that no other matter molecules posses and hence they are live. Live molecules [ for that matter all life forms] are alive as they are conscious of their existence. Plant Intelligence Are plants intelligent? Probably yes as Anthony Trewavas showes(1) certain aspects of plant intelligence. He says “as a species we are clearly more intelligent than other animals, it is unlikely that intelligence as biological property originated only with homosapiens. There should therefore be aspects of intelligent behavior in lower organisms from which our superlative capabilities are but the latest evolutionary expression”. Behavior is equated with movement in animal terms and majority of multi cellular plants are sessile because of their decision several billion years ago to gather energy via photosynthesis and hence movement has never been critical for plant survival as light is freely available. Rejection of that decision to gather energy by photosynthesis by primordial animal eukaryotic cell, ensured that movement became critical to find food and mates. At the end of the review the questions if the word intelligence can be used to describe the behavior of plants. If so how plants accomplish (intelligent behavior) in the absence of a brain and he calls this phenomenon “Mindless Mastery”. The Survivors and Intelligence The idea and arguments that plants may be intelligent, reminds this author a paper news that describes(2) a mango tree that walks. The mango tree (in Gujarat State, India) reportedly as old as 1200 years ( big in size, rich with foliage) lowers one of its branches to the ground some distance away from the trunk and roots itself. The new trunk starts growing as the old one dries after some time. The locals call it “chalto ambo” (in Gujarati language) which means walking mango tree. The lowering of the branch and its development into a new trunk is repeated periodically. Attempts to grow this tree at other places by graft have not succeeded. Goats will die if they drink sea water. But feral goats in the barren island of Andaman-Nicobar are reported (3) drinking seawater during dry period (December-May) when no fresh water is available in whole of the island. The goats of Andaman and the chalto-ambo are the rarest of the rare examples of survival and the phenomenon behind must be a special case of adaptive response. Intelligence may be defined/described in several terms(1) . In the view of this author, intelligence of a living organism is sensing a change in the environment (or a problem) imagining several options based on logic and or past experience (memory) or simply by hit and try basis to overcome (or solve) the problem, selecting (deciding) one or few of the options sequentially or simultaneously and expression of the selected option or options as (response or) behavior. The elements of “past experience” (which may differ from organism to organism) and “hit and try” introduce randomness in the behavior or the response of the organism. The organisms that show a response or behavior that best answer the changed environment (the problem) survive. The Brain Are living organisms without brain mindless? Do brain and mind carry the same meaning? For those to whom body-mind relations are a matter of study4, brain is a part of the physical body and mind is an abstract term (which probably may be described as software that runs the brain). Often neo-cortex is considered the brain. If behavior is to be related to intelligence and neo-cortex, then we have a problem as amygdala is known5 to control the emotional behavior. Hence while neo-cortex is said to be the logical brain, amygdala is known as brain of emotions. Both amygdala and neo-cortex are located in the head. Does it mean that headless creatures are brainless? Enteric Nervous System (ENS) also known6,7 as gut’s brain, is considered a single entity containing neurons, neurotransmitters and proteins that send messages between neurons and support cells. ENS has complex circuitry that enables it to learn, remember and produce gut feelings, functioning in ways similar to that of peripheral nervous system. Tubular animals have the nervous system in their guts and as life evolved animals needed a more complex brain and so developed the central nervous system, preserving the gut’s nervous system also. Hence it may be noted that the functions of the brain are performed by different systems operating from different locations of the body as the evolution proceeded. Decision Making Capacity Are psychic processes such as learning, remembering, taking decisions, intelligent behavior dependent on the existence of nervous system (which may be loosely called brain, as of now)? In other words, are organisms without nervous system brainless? And hence can’t take intelligent decisions? Escherichia Coli a bacteria has hydrophilic outer surface8 in normal aqueous media. The surface of E.Coli turns hydrophobic in 5% solution of sodium chloride. E.Coli takes a decision to turn its surface from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, thereby perturbs9 the structure of water near it’s outer surface in order to escape the inhospitable environment created by 5% solution of sodium chloride. This may be described as a temporary adaptive response of E.Coli occurring through genetic means. That is E. coli shows intelligent response (behavior) if subjected to conditions that are unfavorable to it’s survival and the response must be a decision taken by genetic means, i.e. by DNA material as E.Coli has no brain or nervous system. Thus one may say that the DNA molecules have all the features of a brain and can prompt intelligent behavior. The structure and operating mechanism of “brain” and “genetic material” (i.e. DNA) are quite different but they can perform similar functions such as “remembering”, “taking decisions” etc. See for example, diodes that work on the basis of thermo ionic emission of electrons and semiconductors of N-P junction are quite different in their construction and operating mechanism but perform similar function the one way flow of electrons. The DNA and Genome According to Frued10 all living organisms have two primary instincts, viz. (a) self preservation and (b) procreation. Analogy is that DNA (and RNA) molecules11,12 do have (a) self repairing capacity and (b) can replicate themselves. If we ignore the play of terms, self-repairing capability of DNA molecules is nothing but “self preservation” and replication of DNA molecules is nothing but “procreation”. In the terminology of genetics, adaptive response is not conscious but controlled by “genetic means” or heredity or an outcome of natural selection. Without getting entrapped in the terminology, we can see that DNA material has both the primary instincts (self preservation and procreation), functions as “brain” in that it can take logical decisions and can remember (it’s own structure for example) that results into intelligent behavior expressed as adaptive response. After all we have already noted that the word “brain” has no absolute meaning as, it has been changing locations (during evolution as ENS, amygdala, neo-cortex) and the original “brain” unmistakably is DNA whereas ENS, amygdala and neo-cortex are it’s peripherals developed during evolution. Thus, the origin of intelligence is same as that of the origin of life, that is the origin of DNA. It is false to assume that the decision making capacity is the exclusive property of brain (the nervous system). Decisions can be taken by living organism from different levels, including the genetic level which is primary. Nervous system (ENS, amygdala and neo-cortex) may not have control over genetic material (DNA) but genetic material can control nervous system (brain). DNA molecules have adenine-thymine [AT] and guanine-cytosine [GC] nucleotide pairs fixed as sequences along the twisted double helix. G is bound [triple bond] more strongly to C than A to [double bond] T and hence we expect the presence more GC pairs which surprisingly is not the case. Surprise as the GC pair content in higher organism is in the range of 40% to 45% only 13 which goes against the general version of the second law of thermodynamics 14 . The genome of mammals and birds are reported 15,16 to have a GC content varying from 30% to 60%. Further the genome may be classified 17 into putative isochores [regions or fragments] with varying content of GC pairs. The isochors are non randomly 18,19,20 arranged i e the genome is structured from the point of view of isochors. With stable [GC rich fragments] and unstable [AT rich or GC poor fragments] states the genome resembles an information processing device. Gene complexes such as bithorax, BX-C and antennapedia, ANT-C are reported 21,22 to play a central role in programming the development of organism. Biological rhythms in an organism are due to 23 gene clocks which are automatically aligned with the external planetary rhythms. The alignment of bio-rhythms with planetary rhythms suggests that the gene clocks in fact sense the external environment. The Thesis [1]The properties of DNA molecules suggest that they not only preserve themselves by remembering their structure [hence can repair themselves] but also procreate ie replicate. [2]The presence of GC poor regions [against the general version of the second law of thermodynamics] in the genome and the fact that gene complexes programme the development organism indicate that DNA molecules/genome are self programmable and are competent to process information. [3] Genes [clocks] can sense external environment and reset genomic functioning for example bio-rhythms. The self programming property of DNA molecules/genome may be termed as genopsych or genpsy. Genpsy imparts consciousness to DNA molecules/genome. Closing Remarks Thus the origin of consciousness is the origin of life itself that is the first appearance of DNA/genome. The property of genpsy explains the native intelligence of microorganism, plants etc. Genpsy is the extensive [self ordering/self programming] property of DNA/genome as entropy [the measure of disorder] is the extensive property of matter. At macro level placebo effect is the self ordering property of the brain which we may call the mind. Thus genpsy is to genes is as the mind to brain. It is genpsy, the additional property that distinguishes DNA/genome/organism from other matter molecules. REFERENCES 1. Anthony Trewavas, Aspects of Plant Intelligence, Annals of Botany 92:1-20, 2003. 2. Sanjiv Desai, A mango tree that walks with time, The Times of India, Ahmadabad, 13.9.2000. 3. Ahlawat, SPS, Rai, SB and Senani, S. Seawater Consumption of Feral Goat of Barren Island, Biotropica, 25(3), 1993. 4. Joseph R. Dunn, Re-Introducing the Soul: The Medical Vs the Psychotherapeutic Model : An Interview with Elio Frattaroli, Psychology Online Journal, The American Institute of Psychology and Health, Vol. 11, No. 12, Dec. 2001. 5. Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books , New York, 1996. 6. Michael. D, Gershon, Alcmene Chalazonipis, Taube. P, Rothman, From Neural Crest to Bowel: Development of the Enteric Nervous System, Journal of Neuro Biology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 1993. 7. Sandra Blakeslee, There is a ‘brain’ behind gut feelings, The Times of India, New Delhi, 5.1.1996. 8. Gaudin , AM, Flotation of Micro Organisms, Froth Flotation, 50th anniversary volume, Ed. D. W. Fruestnuea, AIME, New York 1962. 9. Ernest Grunwald, Thermodynamic Properties of Non Polar Solutes in Water and Structure of Hydrophobic Hydration Shells, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol. 108, No. 19, 1986. 10. Ernest Jones, Life and work of Sigmund Freud, Vol. 2, Basic Books Inc. New York, 1960. 11. George Wald, The origin of life, Molecules to living cells, W.H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 1980. 12. Philip C Hanawalt, Protein Structure and Function: Assembly of Viruses and Ribosomes, ibid. 13. Volkenshtein ,M.V, Biophysics ,MIR Publishers, Moscow, 1983. 14. Yeremin , E.N, Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics ,MIR Publishers,Moscow,1983 15. Bernardi,G. Isochores and the evolutionary genomics of vertebrates, Gene,241:3-17,2000. 16. Meunier,J.,Laurent Duret,L., Recombination Drives the Evolution of GC content in Human Genome, Mol. Biol. Evol. 21[6]:984-990, 2004. 17. Bernardi,G., ETAL ,The mosaic genome of warm blooded vertebrates, Science,228:953-958,1985. 18. Galtier,N., Piganeau,G.,Mouchiround,D. and Duret,L.,GC content Evolution in Mammalian Genomes: The Biased Gene conversion Hypothesis, Genetics. 159: 907-911., 2001. 19. Cohen,N., Dagan,T., Lewstone and Graur,D., GC composition of the Human Genome: In search of Isochores, Mol. Biol. Evol. 25[5]:1260-1272., 2005. 20. Arndt,P.F., Hwa,T.,Petrov,D.A., Substantial Regional Variation in Substitution Rates in the Human Genome :Importance of GC content, Gene Density and Telomere Specific Effects, J.Mol. Evol. 60: 748-763. 2005. 21. Lewis, E.B., A gene complex controlling segmentation in Drosophila, Nature, Vol.276, 565-570. 1978. 22. Lewis.E.B., Clusters of Master Control Genes Regulate the Development of Higher Organism,JAMA,Vol.267.No.11,1524-1531,1992. 23. Okamura, H., Circadian and Seasonal Rhythms- integration of mammalian circadian clock signals: from molecule to behavior , Journal of Endocrinology,177,3-6,2006.The Origin of Consciousness

D.M.R. Sekhar

Abstract
Intelligence is the function of brain. The structure of brain and it’s location in the living organism have been changing as life forms evolved. A single cell organism has only DNA that can qualify for the status of brain. DNA molecules not only remember their structure but also produce their replicates, the properties that no other matter molecules posses and hence they are live. Live molecules [ for that matter all life forms] are alive as they are conscious of their existence.

Plant Intelligence

Are plants intelligent? Probably yes as Anthony Trewavas showes(1) certain aspects of plant intelligence. He says “as a species we are clearly more intelligent than other animals, it is unlikely that intelligence as biological property originated only with homosapiens. There should therefore be aspects of intelligent behavior in lower organisms from which our superlative capabilities are but the latest evolutionary expression”. Behavior is equated with movement in animal terms and majority of multi cellular plants are sessile because of their decision several billion years ago to gather energy via photosynthesis and hence movement has never been critical for plant survival as light is freely available. Rejection of that decision to gather energy by photosynthesis by primordial animal eukaryotic cell, ensured that movement became critical to find food and mates. At the end of the review the questions if the word intelligence can be used to describe the behavior of plants. If so how plants accomplish (intelligent behavior) in the absence of a brain and he calls this phenomenon “Mindless Mastery”.

The Survivors and Intelligence

The idea and arguments that plants may be intelligent, reminds this author a paper news that describes(2) a mango tree that walks. The mango tree (in Gujarat State, India) reportedly as old as 1200 years ( big in size, rich with foliage) lowers one of its branches to the ground some distance away from the trunk and roots itself. The new trunk starts growing as the old one dries after some time. The locals call it “chalto ambo” (in Gujarati language) which means walking mango tree. The lowering of the branch and its development into a new trunk is repeated periodically. Attempts to grow this tree at other places by graft have not succeeded. Goats will die if they drink sea water. But feral goats in the barren island of Andaman-Nicobar are reported (3) drinking seawater during dry period (December-May) when no fresh water is available in whole of the island. The goats of Andaman and the chalto-ambo are the rarest of the rare examples of survival and the phenomenon behind must be a special case of adaptive response.

Intelligence may be defined/described in several terms(1) . In the view of this author, intelligence of a living organism is sensing a change in the environment (or a problem) imagining several options based on logic and or past experience (memory) or simply by hit and try basis to overcome (or solve) the problem, selecting (deciding) one or few of the options sequentially or simultaneously and expression of the selected option or options as (response or) behavior. The elements of “past experience” (which may differ from organism to organism) and “hit and try” introduce randomness in the behavior or the response of the organism. The organisms that show a response or behavior that best answer the changed environment (the problem) survive.

The Brain

Are living organisms without brain mindless? Do brain and mind carry the same meaning? For those to whom body-mind relations are a matter of study4, brain is a part of the physical body and mind is an abstract term (which probably may be described as software that runs the brain). Often neo-cortex is considered the brain. If behavior is to be related to intelligence and neo-cortex, then we have a problem as amygdala is known5 to control the emotional behavior. Hence while neo-cortex is said to be the logical brain, amygdala is known as brain of emotions. Both amygdala and neo-cortex are located in the head. Does it mean that headless creatures are brainless? Enteric Nervous System (ENS) also known6,7 as gut’s brain, is considered a single entity containing neurons, neurotransmitters and proteins that send messages between neurons and support cells. ENS has complex circuitry that enables it to learn, remember and produce gut feelings, functioning in ways similar to that of peripheral nervous system. Tubular animals have the nervous system in their guts and as life evolved animals needed a more complex brain and so developed the central nervous system, preserving the gut’s nervous system also. Hence it may be noted that the functions of the brain are performed by different systems operating from different locations of the body as the evolution proceeded.

Decision Making Capacity

Are psychic processes such as learning, remembering, taking decisions, intelligent behavior dependent on the existence of nervous system (which may be loosely called brain, as of now)? In other words, are organisms without nervous system brainless? And hence can’t take intelligent decisions? Escherichia Coli a bacteria has hydrophilic outer surface8 in normal aqueous media. The surface of E.Coli turns hydrophobic in 5% solution of sodium chloride. E.Coli takes a decision to turn its surface from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, thereby perturbs9 the structure of water near it’s outer surface in order to escape the inhospitable environment created by 5% solution of sodium chloride. This may be described as a temporary adaptive response of E.Coli occurring through genetic means. That is E. coli shows intelligent response (behavior) if subjected to conditions that are unfavorable to it’s survival and the response must be a decision taken by genetic means, i.e. by DNA material as E.Coli has no brain or nervous system. Thus one may say that the DNA molecules have all the features of a brain and can prompt intelligent behavior. The structure and operating mechanism of “brain” and “genetic material” (i.e. DNA) are quite different but they can perform similar functions such as “remembering”, “taking decisions” etc. See for example, diodes that work on the basis of thermo ionic emission of electrons and semiconductors of N-P junction are quite different in their construction and operating mechanism but perform similar function the one way flow of electrons.

The DNA and Genome

According to Frued10 all living organisms have two primary instincts, viz. (a) self preservation and (b) procreation. Analogy is that DNA (and RNA) molecules11,12 do have (a) self repairing capacity and (b) can replicate themselves. If we ignore the play of terms, self-repairing capability of DNA molecules is nothing but “self preservation” and replication of DNA molecules is nothing but “procreation”. In the terminology of genetics, adaptive response is not conscious but controlled by “genetic means” or heredity or an outcome of natural selection. Without getting entrapped in the terminology, we can see that DNA material has both the primary instincts (self preservation and procreation), functions as “brain” in that it can take logical decisions and can remember (it’s own structure for example) that results into intelligent behavior expressed as adaptive response. After all we have already noted that the word “brain” has no absolute meaning as, it has been changing locations (during evolution as ENS, amygdala, neo-cortex) and the original “brain” unmistakably is DNA whereas ENS, amygdala and neo-cortex are it’s peripherals developed during evolution. Thus, the origin of intelligence is same as that of the origin of life, that is the origin of DNA. It is false to assume that the decision making capacity is the exclusive property of brain (the nervous system). Decisions can be taken by living organism from different levels, including the genetic level which is primary. Nervous system (ENS, amygdala and neo-cortex) may not have control over genetic material (DNA) but genetic material can control nervous system (brain).

DNA molecules have adenine-thymine [AT] and guanine-cytosine [GC] nucleotide pairs fixed as sequences along the twisted double helix. G is bound [triple bond] more strongly to C than A to [double bond] T and hence we expect the presence more GC pairs which surprisingly is not the case. Surprise as the GC pair content in higher organism is in the range of 40% to 45% only 13 which goes against the general version of the second law of thermodynamics 14 . The genome of mammals and birds are reported 15,16 to have a GC content varying from 30% to 60%. Further the genome may be classified 17 into putative isochores [regions or fragments] with varying content of GC pairs. The isochors are non randomly 18,19,20 arranged i e the genome is structured from the point of view of isochors. With stable [GC rich fragments] and unstable [AT rich or GC poor fragments] states the genome resembles an information processing device. Gene complexes such as bithorax, BX-C and antennapedia, ANT-C are reported 21,22 to play a central role in programming the development of organism. Biological rhythms in an organism are due to 23 gene clocks which are automatically aligned with the external planetary rhythms. The alignment of bio-rhythms with planetary rhythms suggests that the gene clocks in fact sense the external environment.

The Thesis

[1]The properties of DNA molecules suggest that they not only preserve themselves by remembering their structure [hence can repair themselves] but also procreate ie replicate. [2]The presence of GC poor regions [against the general version of the second law of thermodynamics] in the genome and the fact that gene complexes programme the development organism indicate that DNA molecules/genome are self programmable and are competent to process information. [3] Genes [clocks] can sense external environment and reset genomic functioning for example bio-rhythms. The self programming property of DNA molecules/genome may be termed as genopsych or genpsy. Genpsy imparts consciousness to DNA molecules/genome.

Closing Remarks

Thus the origin of consciousness is the origin of life itself that is the first appearance of DNA/genome. The property of genpsy explains the native intelligence of microorganism, plants etc. Genpsy is the extensive [self ordering/self programming] property of DNA/genome as entropy [the measure of disorder] is the extensive property of matter. At macro level placebo effect is the self ordering property of the brain which we may call the mind. Thus genpsy is to genes is as the mind to brain. It is genpsy, the additional property that distinguishes DNA/genome/organism from other matter molecules.

REFERENCES
1. Anthony Trewavas, Aspects of Plant Intelligence, Annals of Botany 92:1-20, 2003.
2. Sanjiv Desai, A mango tree that walks with time, The Times of India, Ahmadabad, 13.9.2000.
3. Ahlawat, SPS, Rai, SB and Senani, S. Seawater Consumption of Feral Goat of Barren Island, Biotropica, 25(3), 1993.
4. Joseph R. Dunn, Re-Introducing the Soul: The Medical Vs the Psychotherapeutic Model : An Interview with Elio Frattaroli, Psychology Online Journal, The American Institute of Psychology and Health, Vol. 11, No. 12, Dec. 2001.
5. Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books , New York, 1996.
6. Michael. D, Gershon, Alcmene Chalazonipis, Taube. P, Rothman, From Neural Crest to Bowel: Development of the Enteric Nervous System, Journal of Neuro Biology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 1993.
7. Sandra Blakeslee, There is a ‘brain’ behind gut feelings, The Times of India, New Delhi, 5.1.1996.
8. Gaudin , AM, Flotation of Micro Organisms, Froth Flotation, 50th anniversary volume, Ed. D. W. Fruestnuea, AIME, New York 1962.
9. Ernest Grunwald, Thermodynamic Properties of Non Polar Solutes in Water and Structure of Hydrophobic Hydration Shells, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol. 108, No. 19, 1986.
10. Ernest Jones, Life and work of Sigmund Freud, Vol. 2, Basic Books Inc. New York, 1960.
11. George Wald, The origin of life, Molecules to living cells, W.H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 1980.
12. Philip C Hanawalt, Protein Structure and Function: Assembly of Viruses and Ribosomes, ibid.
13. Volkenshtein ,M.V, Biophysics ,MIR Publishers, Moscow, 1983.

14. Yeremin , E.N, Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics ,MIR Publishers,Moscow,1983

15. Bernardi,G. Isochores and the evolutionary genomics of vertebrates, Gene,241:3-17,2000.

16. Meunier,J.,Laurent Duret,L., Recombination Drives the Evolution of GC content in Human Genome, Mol. Biol. Evol. 21[6]:984-990, 2004.

17. Bernardi,G., ETAL ,The mosaic genome of warm blooded vertebrates, Science,228:953-958,1985.

18. Galtier,N., Piganeau,G.,Mouchiround,D. and Duret,L.,GC content Evolution in Mammalian Genomes: The Biased Gene conversion Hypothesis, Genetics. 159: 907-911., 2001.

19. Cohen,N., Dagan,T., Lewstone and Graur,D., GC composition of the Human Genome: In search of Isochores, Mol. Biol. Evol. 25[5]:1260-1272., 2005.

20. Arndt,P.F., Hwa,T.,Petrov,D.A., Substantial Regional Variation in Substitution Rates in the Human Genome :Importance of GC content, Gene Density and Telomere Specific Effects, J.Mol. Evol. 60: 748-763. 2005.

21. Lewis, E.B., A gene complex controlling segmentation in Drosophila, Nature, Vol.276, 565-570. 1978.

22. Lewis.E.B., Clusters of Master Control Genes Regulate the Development of Higher Organism,JAMA,Vol.267.No.11,1524-1531,1992.

23. Okamura, H., Circadian and Seasonal Rhythms- integration of mammalian circadian clock signals: from molecule to behavior , Journal of Endocrinology,177,3-6,2006.

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Comment on The benefits of deep-brain stimulation for a minimally conscious patient by Luke http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/the-benefits-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-a-minimally-conscious-patient/comment-page-1/#comment-219446 LukeSun, 16 Sep 2007 22:18:08 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/the-benefits-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-a-minimally-conscious-patient/#comment-219446On August 25 of 1997 I experienced a bruised brain in a MVA acc- ident, hence I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.On August 25 of 1997 I experienced a bruised brain in a MVA acc- ident, hence I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. ]]>Comment on Which brain regions enable us to remember our past and anticipate our future? by Ellen Carlisle http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-218355 Ellen CarlisleSun, 16 Sep 2007 07:10:24 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/#comment-218355Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time, chapter 9- The Arrow of Time asks the question "Why do we remember the past and not the future?" You will find his exploration of this topic amazing! And don't forget the White Queen's observation in Through the Looking Glass: "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward".Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time, chapter 9- The Arrow of Time asks the question “Why do we remember the past and not the future?” You will find his exploration of this topic amazing! And don’t forget the White Queen’s observation in Through the Looking Glass: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward”. ]]>Comment on Consciousness under anesthesia by DENNA http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/comment-page-1/#comment-214349 DENNAThu, 13 Sep 2007 07:34:17 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/#comment-214349I was very happy to have found this page and to find that I'm not the only person that anesthesia does not work on. I had liver resection. My doctor remove an adinomea from my liver. I woke up durring the procedure. Although I was able to communicate my awakeness with my surgeon and his team. But there was nothing they could do. I had been given all the anesthesia they could give me. I passed out several times from the pain. Because I had been a victom of a crime prior to the surgery, I had a very bad experience where I thought at first the people in the room were trying to kill me. It was the worse experience I've ever had and I know my doctor was scared to death. I was able to move and laying there with my liver exposed and loosing alot of blood trying to fight for my life was the craziest surgery he had ever performed. After screaming his name several times he looked over the headcover and was able to calm me at that time. I then realized that I was under going my liver surgery and just tried to make it through. D.K.GreeneI was very happy to have found this page and to find that I’m not the only person that anesthesia does not work on. I had liver resection. My doctor remove an adinomea from my liver. I woke up durring the procedure. Although I was able to communicate my awakeness with my surgeon and his team. But there was nothing they could do. I had been given all the anesthesia they could give me. I passed out several times from the pain. Because I had been a victom of a crime prior to the surgery, I had a very bad experience where I thought at first the people in the room were trying to kill me. It was the worse experience I’ve ever had and I know my doctor was scared to death. I was able to move and laying there with my liver exposed and loosing alot of blood trying to fight for my life was the craziest surgery he had ever performed. After screaming his name several times he looked over the headcover and was able to calm me at that time. I then realized that I was under going my liver surgery and just tried to make it through. D.K.Greene ]]>Comment on Battle in the brain predicts risky behaviour by patricia lucas http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/battle-in-the-brain-predicts-risky-behaviour/comment-page-1/#comment-213969 patricia lucasThu, 13 Sep 2007 02:04:37 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/battle-in-the-brain-predicts-risky-behaviour/#comment-213969generic ambien is awful i take it at 8pm and amm still awake @ 3amgeneric ambien is awful i take it at 8pm and amm still awake @ 3am ]]>Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-213550 Arnold TrehubWed, 12 Sep 2007 20:20:03 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-213550Re comment #6, while quantum mechanics has proven useful as a formalism for sub-atomic events, so far there has been no evidence that QM can explain consciousness or its phenomenal content. It is interesting to note that Feynman stated that neither he nor anyone else really *understands* quantum mechanics (see Feynman, 1988, *QED*, Introduction, p. 9). On the other hand, neuroscientific principles and theoretical mechanisms are able to explain and predict significant details of phenomenal experience (e.g., the retinoid model). Arnold TrehubRe comment #6, while quantum mechanics has proven useful as a formalism for sub-atomic events, so far there has been no evidence that QM can explain consciousness or its phenomenal content. It is interesting to note that Feynman stated that neither he nor anyone else really *understands* quantum mechanics (see Feynman, 1988, *QED*, Introduction, p. 9). On the other hand, neuroscientific principles and theoretical mechanisms are able to explain and predict significant details of phenomenal experience (e.g., the retinoid model).

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Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by douglas seyfried http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-204563 douglas seyfriedFri, 07 Sep 2007 00:09:12 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-204563If physicists can recognize that there is no physical explaination for all phenomena and produce the most valid scientific theory in history (quantum mechanics) why must consciouness researchers tie themselves to a philosophy (materialism) that has been shown to be false by the best science we have?If physicists can recognize that there is no physical explaination for all phenomena and produce the most valid scientific theory in history (quantum mechanics) why must consciouness researchers tie themselves to a philosophy (materialism) that has been shown to be false by the best science we have? ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Leon http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-203921 LeonThu, 06 Sep 2007 12:41:48 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-203921I used to have alot of predictions which came true. I once predicted what side a coin came down 48 times in a row, even before it was tossed.I used to have alot of predictions which came true. I once predicted what side a coin came down 48 times in a row, even before it was tossed. ]]>Comment on Language and self-awareness by arbitrarymarks.com » Blog Archive » Language and self-awareness http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/comment-page-1/#comment-193716 arbitrarymarks.com » Blog Archive » Language and self-awarenessThu, 30 Aug 2007 17:38:35 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/#comment-193716[...] closely connected language and self-awareness are, in undertaking different tasks.  The researcher blogs about it at Science and Consciousness Review.  The seven task areas studied were:  (1) agency (knowing that [...][...] closely connected language and self-awareness are, in undertaking different tasks.  The researcher blogs about it at Science and Consciousness Review.  The seven task areas studied were:  (1) agency (knowing that [...] ]]>Comment on Manipulating Bodily Self-Consciousness by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-192396 Arnold TrehubWed, 29 Aug 2007 16:14:06 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/#comment-192396Josh raises some interesting questions. According to the retinoid theory, a blind person experiences bodily self-consciousness the same as a sighted person. Like a sighted person, the brain of a blind person is innately endowed with a retinoid system that provides an internal neuronal representation of the person's egocentric space including a compact representation the self-locus at its egocentric spatial origin. The difference, of course, is that in the blind no visual excitation projects into 3D retinoid space. Aside from this difference, all other interoceptive and exteroceptive patterns of bodily stimulation can be projected into their proper spatiotopic coordinates within retinoid space. It might be possible to manipulate kinesthetic and somesthetic events to induce an out-of-body experience (OOBE) in the blind. The following experiment occurs to me. Suppose a blind person (S) stands behind the back of a dummy torso clothed in the same fabric worn by S. S is instructed to reach out and touch something in front. Beneath the fabric on the mannequin's back is a grid of pressure-sensitive sensors that activate a similar grid of electro-mechanical prodders arranged to touch the back of S at the same moment and at the same relative bodily location as S reaches out and touches the back of the dummy. Under these conditions, one might expect a blind person to mislocalize his self to the position of the "body" at some distance in front of his actual bodily location. It is also possible that S would have the weird feeling of reaching in front to touch his own back. Does anyone know if such an experiment has been done? Any thoughts on the likelihood of an OOBE under these conditions? Arnold TrehubJosh raises some interesting questions. According to the retinoid theory, a blind person experiences bodily self-consciousness the same as a sighted person. Like a sighted person, the brain of a blind person is innately endowed with a retinoid system that provides an internal neuronal representation of the person’s egocentric space including a compact representation the self-locus at its egocentric spatial origin. The difference, of course, is that in the blind no visual excitation projects into 3D retinoid space. Aside from this difference, all other interoceptive and exteroceptive patterns of bodily stimulation can be projected into their proper spatiotopic coordinates within retinoid space.

It might be possible to manipulate kinesthetic and somesthetic events to induce an out-of-body experience (OOBE) in the blind. The following experiment occurs to me. Suppose a blind person (S) stands behind the back of a dummy torso clothed in the same fabric worn by S. S is instructed to reach out and touch something in front. Beneath the fabric on the mannequin’s back is a grid of pressure-sensitive sensors that activate a similar grid of electro-mechanical prodders arranged to touch the back of S at the same moment and at the same relative bodily location as S reaches out and touches the back of the dummy. Under these conditions, one might expect a blind person to mislocalize his self to the position of the “body” at some distance in front of his actual bodily location. It is also possible that S would have the weird feeling of reaching in front to touch his own back.

Does anyone know if such an experiment has been done? Any thoughts on the likelihood of an OOBE under these conditions?

Arnold Trehub

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Comment on Manipulating Bodily Self-Consciousness by Anibal http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-192016 AnibalWed, 29 Aug 2007 09:55:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/#comment-192016Maybe, a blind person can experience an out of body experience by rapid acceleration/deceleration in the vertical and horizontal plane causing a disruption in the normal functioning of the vestibulo-choclear system. See, Olaf Blanke studies on "out of body experience" (OBE), for a better response.Maybe, a blind person can experience an out of body experience by rapid acceleration/deceleration in the vertical and horizontal plane causing a disruption in the normal functioning of the vestibulo-choclear system. See, Olaf Blanke studies on “out of body experience” (OBE), for a better response. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Dustwitch http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-191815 DustwitchWed, 29 Aug 2007 06:15:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-191815BINGO ! I possess all 8. Finally some sort of an explanation for my experiences. I find this absolutely fascinating. Now what? lolBINGO ! I possess all 8. Finally some sort of an explanation for my experiences. I find this absolutely fascinating.

Now what? lol

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Comment on Who’s superstitious? by trang http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/whos-supersticious/comment-page-1/#comment-191598 trangWed, 29 Aug 2007 03:05:05 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/whos-supersticious/#comment-191598why are some people superstitios?why are some people superstitios? ]]>Comment on Manipulating Bodily Self-Consciousness by Josh http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-191232 JoshTue, 28 Aug 2007 21:07:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/#comment-191232How could the experiment work with someone that is blind? How does a blind person experience bodily self-consciousness? Which senses of a blind person could be manipulated in order for them to have an Out of Body Experience?How could the experiment work with someone that is blind? How does a blind person experience bodily self-consciousness? Which senses of a blind person could be manipulated in order for them to have an Out of Body Experience? ]]>Comment on Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Creativity by behi http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/emotional-intelligence-and-emotional-creativity/comment-page-1/#comment-190490 behiTue, 28 Aug 2007 08:18:38 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/emotional-intelligence-and-emotional-creativity/#comment-190490Hi. I eagerly want to see whole of the article. Please send me article. Best reards.Hi. I eagerly want to see whole of the article. Please send me article.
Best reards. ]]>
Comment on Manipulating Bodily Self-Consciousness by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-189867 Arnold TrehubMon, 27 Aug 2007 18:52:21 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/manipulating-bodily-self-consciousness/#comment-189867The experiments reported by Lenggenhager et al and by Ehrsson in Science tell us something very important about the nature of the self as a part of the cognitive brain. First, they demonstrate that our sense of self-location can be dissociated from our actual body location. Second, they demonstrate that where we believe we are located in space is more strongly influenced by visual information in 3D space than by somatosensory information. When the phenomenal experience of events in egocentric space is uncoupled from the real world by virtual reality (VR) techniques, self-location becomes consistent with the VR world in which the "touch" occurred rather than the real world in which the touch occurred. So if our sense of self location is not necessarily anchored within the envelope of our physical body, where in the world is it anchored? My answer is that it is anchored at the origin of the egocentric space of our own virtual world. This virtual world is in the brain and is constituted by the neuronal structure and dynamics of what I call the retinoid system. See: http://people.umass.edu/trehub/YCCOG828%20copy.pdf When the virtual world of the retinoid system is tricked by the substitution of contrived visual input instead of veridical input, the self is naturally located at an egocentric coordinate consistent with the layout of objects and events (e.g., touch) within that other virtual world. It seems to me that this argues against Metzinger's claim that no such thing as a self exists. Arnold TrehubThe experiments reported by Lenggenhager et al and by Ehrsson in Science tell us something very important about the nature of the self as a part of the cognitive brain. First, they demonstrate that our sense of self-location can be dissociated from our actual body location. Second, they demonstrate that where we believe we are located in space is more strongly influenced by visual information in 3D space than by somatosensory information. When the phenomenal experience of events in egocentric space is uncoupled from the real world by virtual reality (VR) techniques, self-location becomes consistent with the VR world in which the “touch” occurred rather than the real world in which the touch occurred. So if our sense of self location is not necessarily anchored within the envelope of our physical body, where in the world is it anchored? My answer is that it is anchored at the origin of the egocentric space of our own virtual world. This virtual world is in the brain and is constituted by the neuronal structure and dynamics of what I call the retinoid system.

See: http://people.umass.edu/trehub/YCCOG828%20copy.pdf

When the virtual world of the retinoid system is tricked by the substitution of contrived visual input instead of veridical input, the self is naturally located at an egocentric coordinate consistent with the layout of objects and events (e.g., touch) within that other virtual world. It seems to me that this argues against Metzinger’s claim that no such thing as a self exists.

Arnold Trehub

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Comment on When the Need to Belong Goes Wrong by Anibal http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/when-the-need-to-belong-goes-wrong/comment-page-1/#comment-189812 AnibalMon, 27 Aug 2007 17:17:51 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/when-the-need-to-belong-goes-wrong/#comment-189812I wonder if this two mirror like dysfunctional conditions related to communication and social interactions are expressed in developmental disorders such as autism as well, or these categories are only applied to people that develops normally but later in life suffers anomaouls fellings of attachment?I wonder if this two mirror like dysfunctional conditions related to communication and social interactions are expressed in developmental disorders such as autism as well, or these categories are only applied to people that develops normally but later in life suffers anomaouls fellings of attachment? ]]>Comment on Language and self-awareness by Talking to ourselves « Ideasblog http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/comment-page-1/#comment-186887 Talking to ourselves « IdeasblogSat, 25 Aug 2007 02:23:18 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/#comment-186887[...] Talking to ourselves Filed under: Uncategorized — nisheedhi @ 1:55 am Language and self-awareness | Science & Consciousness Review [...][...] Talking to ourselves Filed under: Uncategorized — nisheedhi @ 1:55 am Language and self-awareness | Science & Consciousness Review [...] ]]>Comment on The Illusion Contest 2007 — submissions by Anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/the-illusion-contest-2007-submissions/comment-page-1/#comment-186298 AnonymousFri, 24 Aug 2007 15:15:40 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/the-illusion-contest-2007-submissions/#comment-186298it is actually a woman and some sort of old which... lolx... i thinkit is actually a woman and some sort of old which… lolx… i think ]]>Comment on Language and self-awareness by Mind Hacks http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/comment-page-1/#comment-186045 Mind HacksFri, 24 Aug 2007 09:18:00 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/#comment-186045<strong>2007-08-24 Spike activity...</strong> Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why are visual memories so vivid when visual memory is so limited? Cognitive Daily has another fantastic breakdown. Science and Consciousness Review has a new feature article on whether language is...2007-08-24 Spike activity…

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why are visual memories so vivid when visual memory is so limited? Cognitive Daily has another fantastic breakdown. Science and Consciousness Review has a new feature article on whether language is…

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Comment on Consciousness in the Single Neuron by DMR Sekhar http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/consciousness-in-the-single-neuron/comment-page-1/#comment-183132 DMR SekharTue, 21 Aug 2007 18:27:04 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/consciousness-in-the-single-neuron/#comment-183132Some how we tend to relate consciousness to mind.The bacteria E.Coli turns it's cell wall to hydrophobic[from hydrophilic]when exposed to 5% NaCl solution.Geneticists explain this as temparary adaptive response which precludes further investigation.This is a behaviour controlled by programmed logic of the DNA of E.Coli thus suggesting that DNA might act as the brain.The fact that DNA molecules replicate themselves should lead one to think that DNA molecules are conscious.Further DNA molecules can repair themselves that is they are memory molecules. Thus if brain has mind genes must also have a mind which may be termed as genopsych.The details of the development of the model of genopsych are posted on the web page dmrsekhar.sulekha.com .Some how we tend to relate consciousness to mind.The bacteria E.Coli turns it’s cell wall to hydrophobic[from hydrophilic]when exposed to 5% NaCl solution.Geneticists explain this as temparary adaptive response which precludes further investigation.This is a behaviour controlled by programmed logic of the DNA of E.Coli thus suggesting that DNA might act as the brain.The fact that DNA molecules replicate themselves should lead one to think that DNA molecules are conscious.Further DNA molecules can repair themselves that is they are memory molecules. Thus if brain has mind genes must also have a mind which may be termed as genopsych.The details of the development of the model of genopsych are posted on the web page dmrsekhar.sulekha.com . ]]>Comment on Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Creativity by xiongqing http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/emotional-intelligence-and-emotional-creativity/comment-page-1/#comment-182579 xiongqingTue, 21 Aug 2007 06:21:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/emotional-intelligence-and-emotional-creativity/#comment-182579plees sent this artical thanksplees sent this artical

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Comment on Validating neural correlates of familiarity by Semaj http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/validating-neural-correlates-of-familiarity/comment-page-1/#comment-180199 SemajSun, 19 Aug 2007 00:57:06 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/validating-neural-correlates-of-familiarity/#comment-180199hi nice post, i enjoyed ithi nice post, i enjoyed it ]]>Comment on Sleep Protects Declarative Memories From Interference by Cason http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/sleep-protects-declarative-memories-from-interference/comment-page-1/#comment-180191 CasonSun, 19 Aug 2007 00:46:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/sleep-protects-declarative-memories-from-interference/#comment-180191hi nice post, i enjoyed ithi nice post, i enjoyed it ]]>Comment on Validating neural correlates of familiarity by Camden http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/validating-neural-correlates-of-familiarity/comment-page-1/#comment-180147 CamdenSat, 18 Aug 2007 23:55:55 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/validating-neural-correlates-of-familiarity/#comment-180147hi i enjoyed the readhi i enjoyed the read ]]>Comment on The benefits of deep-brain stimulation for a minimally conscious patient by MS http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/the-benefits-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-a-minimally-conscious-patient/comment-page-1/#comment-178173 MSFri, 17 Aug 2007 08:01:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/the-benefits-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-a-minimally-conscious-patient/#comment-178173Sorry, but not really new: Yamamoto T et al. Deep brain stimulation therapy for the vegetative state. Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2005 Jul-Sep;15(3-4):406-13: 10 years experience, 21 patients, similar theoretical background. I wonder why Schiff et al. haven`t discussed that work or even cited it. What exactly makes their single-case different, so it could be published in NATURE?Sorry, but not really new:
Yamamoto T et al.
Deep brain stimulation therapy for the vegetative state.
Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2005 Jul-Sep;15(3-4):406-13:
10 years experience, 21 patients, similar theoretical background.
I wonder why Schiff et al. haven`t discussed that work or even cited it. What exactly makes their single-case different, so it could be published in NATURE? ]]>
Comment on Neurology: An awakening by Tom http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/neurology-an-awakening/comment-page-1/#comment-177225 TomThu, 16 Aug 2007 14:41:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/neurology-an-awakening/#comment-177225I have a six year old daughter with a diagnosis of pdd nos. I want to find out if anybody in nw arkansas offers spect imaging and or fmri.I have a six year old daughter with a diagnosis of pdd nos. I want to find out if anybody in nw arkansas offers spect imaging and or fmri. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Jonathan http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-173053 JonathanMon, 13 Aug 2007 06:21:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-173053as of late ive been having this weird "feeling" like i sorta know what will happen in the future but its very immediate like 1 minuet and only about what around me or just me, however this only happened to me from about april-june (during the end of school) and usually when im walking home alone and letting random thoughts go through my head. so i cant really control it or call it since its a random thought that i think nothing of until it happens here are 3 examples (i only remember these out of many since they were "milestones) 1. i had the feeling since the 3rd grade that i will finish my days at my private school (8th grade) on june 13, and every end of the year i would remember that and when it actually happened (i did finish on june 13) i was blown away, but due to a tragedy in my life after i didnt experience this until the spring of my freshman year. 2 it started out at first by knowing which way a car would turn or when i street light would turn on, but then one day on the bus home i saw this girl, who i had never seen on that bus line, and once i saw her a thought or picture of the movie theaters (where a bus stop is located) and minuets later she got off at that stop. 3 this is general but i usually can finish everyone's sentences' (strangers or friends) in my head with great accuracy but now on summer vacation (and having just come from a month and half trip out of state) i have been unable to experience this, save for one instiance, so i think that by being near somebody i would be able to do this but the main reasons i think i lost my 'ability' are when i started to watch the show heroes in may and began to want to control it, and when i heard about the concept of the movie the secret where i tried to actually use it. but today i was able to achieve 2 separate precog thoughts that happened right after i thought with in the same houras of late ive been having this weird “feeling” like i sorta know what will happen in the future but its very immediate like 1 minuet and only about what around me or just me, however this only happened to me from about april-june (during the end of school) and usually when im walking home alone and letting random thoughts go through my head. so i cant really control it or call it since its a random thought that i think nothing of until it happens

here are 3 examples (i only remember these out of many since they were “milestones)

1. i had the feeling since the 3rd grade that i will finish my days at my private school (8th grade) on june 13, and every end of the year i would remember that and when it actually happened (i did finish on june 13) i was blown away, but due to a tragedy in my life after i didnt experience this until the spring of my freshman year.

2 it started out at first by knowing which way a car would turn or when i street light would turn on, but then one day on the bus home i saw this girl, who i had never seen on that bus line, and once i saw her a thought or picture of the movie theaters (where a bus stop is located) and minuets later she got off at that stop.

3 this is general but i usually can finish everyone’s sentences’ (strangers or friends) in my head with great accuracy

but now on summer vacation (and having just come from a month and half trip out of state) i have been unable to experience this, save for one instiance, so i think that by being near somebody i would be able to do this

but the main reasons i think i lost my ‘ability’ are when i started to watch the show heroes in may and began to want to control it, and when i heard about the concept of the movie the secret where i tried to actually use it.

but today i was able to achieve 2 separate precog thoughts that happened right after i thought with in the same hour

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Comment on Ned Block paper, BBS call for commentators by WitSefJeoto http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/ned-block-paper-bbs-call-for-commentators/comment-page-1/#comment-167154 WitSefJeotoWed, 08 Aug 2007 19:01:23 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/ned-block-paper-bbs-call-for-commentators/#comment-167154The opinions on the possible causes of fibromyalgia are various and in most cases, unfunded.; chlorine, carbon, lime, phosphates, soda ash and aluminum sulfate. Record your favorite TV or radio show. Consider that the most vacations are short and do not afford to waste half of y our vacation period in a negative mood. Lie on your back and bring your feet together. Amongst those individuals who have been fundamental to the current view of hypnosis are: Milton Erikson, Ormond McGill, Charles Tebbetts and Dave Elman. Decreased depression Reduction in irritability and moodiness Better learning ability and memory. Laxatives can enlarge and seriously damage your colon when used for a longtime. Wear graduated compression stockings or socks particularly important for travelers with other DVT risk factors. Be honest, be sincere, and be open. The symptoms generated by neurological diseases have an unspecific character, thus making the process of multiple sclerosis diagnosis even more difficult. Foot ringworm usually affects the skin regions between the toes. When figuring healing times into the equation, it is best to plan on the longest healing time named for that surgery. They act as shock absorbers, much like the ones on your car, and keep your body from falling apart from the physical acti vity you engage in every day. Keeping awake for very long time, sleeping in afternoon. Some also allow you to sleep in them. We once had an in-office day care. If an oral ulcer occurs suddenly, then it could be due to excessive heat generated in the body due to consuming hot food. Scabies can lead to impetigo, a serious bacterial skin infection that is difficult to treat. Individual participants who complete the survey receive a custom <a href="http://mzka10.livejournal.com/542.html" rel="nofollow">health</a> and health profile that outlines specific <a href="http://mzka10.livejournal.com/542.html" rel="nofollow">health</a> and health risks and makes recommendations for modifying high-risk behaviors. Some of these are not very expensive, however, and the cost of trying them, given approval by a doctor, might be worth the cost and effort. The kidney efficiently reabsorbs sodium when intake is either low or losses are excessive. My second favorite form of cardio exercise is using an elliptical trainer (First is mountain biking). To date, this dea dly strain of Bird Flu has not spread from person-to-person in any great numbers, BUT all flu viruses CAN mutate! If this happened and the deadly form of Bird Flu, H5N1 , was readily passed from Human-to-Human we would see a declaration of a Pandemic! This is a fear long-held by Scientists, that a Flu Virus as deadly as the Bird Flu, strain H5N1, could readily pass from Human to Human. Like a PPO or HMO a POS plan has their network doctors. It is low fat, low carb and high protein. Home study is an advantage of a correspondence course as it helps such students secure a certificate without taking a break from employment and earning. If you suffer from bladder control problems there are many options you can choose that can help you with your condition. When applied to the feet it acts as a counter-irritant and can help decrease neuropathic pain.The opinions on the possible causes of fibromyalgia are various and in most cases, unfunded.; chlorine, carbon, lime, phosphates, soda ash and aluminum sulfate. Record your favorite TV or radio show. Consider that the most vacations are short and do not afford to waste half of y
our vacation period in a negative mood. Lie on your back and bring your feet together. Amongst those individuals who have been fundamental to the current view of hypnosis are: Milton Erikson, Ormond McGill, Charles Tebbetts and Dave Elman. Decreased depression Reduction in irritability and moodiness Better learning ability and memory. Laxatives can enlarge and seriously damage your colon when used for a longtime. Wear graduated compression stockings or socks particularly important for travelers with other DVT risk factors. Be honest, be sincere, and be open. The symptoms generated by neurological diseases have an unspecific character, thus making the process of multiple sclerosis diagnosis even more difficult. Foot ringworm usually affects the skin regions between the toes. When figuring healing times into the equation, it is best to plan on the longest healing time named for that surgery. They act as shock absorbers, much like the ones on your car, and keep your body from falling apart from the physical acti
vity you engage in every day. Keeping awake for very long time, sleeping in afternoon. Some also allow you to sleep in them. We once had an in-office day care. If an oral ulcer occurs suddenly, then it could be due to excessive heat generated in the body due to consuming hot food. Scabies can lead to impetigo, a serious bacterial skin infection that is difficult to treat. Individual participants who complete the survey receive a custom health and health profile that outlines specific health and health risks and makes recommendations for modifying high-risk behaviors. Some of these are not very expensive, however, and the cost of trying them, given approval by a doctor, might be worth the cost and effort. The kidney efficiently reabsorbs sodium when intake is either low or losses are excessive. My second favorite form of cardio exercise is using an elliptical trainer (First is mountain biking). To date, this dea
dly strain of Bird Flu has not spread from person-to-person in any great numbers, BUT all flu viruses CAN mutate! If this happened and the deadly form of Bird Flu, H5N1 , was readily passed from Human-to-Human we would see a declaration of a Pandemic! This is a fear long-held by Scientists, that a Flu Virus as deadly as the Bird Flu, strain H5N1, could readily pass from Human to Human. Like a PPO or HMO a POS plan has their network doctors. It is low fat, low carb and high protein. Home study is an advantage of a correspondence course as it helps such students secure a certificate without taking a break from employment and earning. If you suffer from bladder control problems there are many options you can choose that can help you with your condition. When applied to the feet it acts as a counter-irritant and can help decrease neuropathic pain. ]]>
Comment on Language and self-awareness by whit http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/comment-page-1/#comment-162767 whitSat, 04 Aug 2007 03:54:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/language-and-self-awareness/#comment-162767In what sense do you mean "talk to ourselves"? The LIFG activity could well correlate with concern with language as spoken. But presumably there are areas of the brain concerned with dance, which are particularly active in those for whom dance forms a central part of their culture (as speech does for most Americans). In a population of dancers, such "inner dance" might well be suggested by brain scanning studies parallel to those you've cited. Someone like Maxime Sheets-Johnstone (who wrote <i>The Primacy of Movement</i>) might even suggest from those studies that "inner dance" is the very key to consciousness. But then someone from a particularly visual people - lets say the Australian aborigines - could argue similarly for a primacy of light. All these - movement, light, language - are special. But it seems if your argument is to mean what you want it to language should be unique among them, the only means by which an item can be "fully brought to conscious." Considering Ned Block's work, wouldn't it be fairer to say "It's the only way it can be brought to verbal description" - to one particular sort of access? Although tautological, that still gives language a special place, "explaining consciousness" in a sense, if not in the sense you're arguing for.In what sense do you mean “talk to ourselves”? The LIFG activity could well correlate with concern with language as spoken. But presumably there are areas of the brain concerned with dance, which are particularly active in those for whom dance forms a central part of their culture (as speech does for most Americans). In a population of dancers, such “inner dance” might well be suggested by brain scanning studies parallel to those you’ve cited. Someone like Maxime Sheets-Johnstone (who wrote The Primacy of Movement) might even suggest from those studies that “inner dance” is the very key to consciousness. But then someone from a particularly visual people – lets say the Australian aborigines – could argue similarly for a primacy of light. All these – movement, light, language – are special. But it seems if your argument is to mean what you want it to language should be unique among them, the only means by which an item can be “fully brought to conscious.” Considering Ned Block’s work, wouldn’t it be fairer to say “It’s the only way it can be brought to verbal description” – to one particular sort of access? Although tautological, that still gives language a special place, “explaining consciousness” in a sense, if not in the sense you’re arguing for. ]]>Comment on Neurology: An awakening by James Michael Howard http://sciconrev.org/2007/08/neurology-an-awakening/comment-page-1/#comment-161903 James Michael HowardFri, 03 Aug 2007 15:16:42 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/08/neurology-an-awakening/#comment-161903Brain Stimulation and "Awakenings" It is my hypothesis that all tissues rely on DHEA for optimal function, especially the brain. Direct effects of DHEA on the brain are numerous and the natural decline of DHEA of old age directly parallels the loss of brain function. The recent report of brain stimulation and "awakenings" involved stimulation of the thalamus. I suggest stimulation of the thalamus that produced an improvement in brain function is due to stimulation of DHEA. The thalamus is a center high in prolactin-releasing peptide, which has been shown to stimulate "awakenings" (Neuroscience 2002; 114: 229-38). Prolactin has been shown to specifically stimulate DHEA production. It has also been reported that DHEAS, the precursor of DHEA, "improves cognitive and behavioral deficits after mild traumatic brain injury" (Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2007 July 30; Milman, et al., epub ahead of print). I suggest that the vegetative state may result from phenomena that cause reductions in DHEA. James Michael Howard Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A.Brain Stimulation and “Awakenings”

It is my hypothesis that all tissues rely on DHEA for optimal function, especially the brain. Direct effects of DHEA on the brain are numerous and the natural decline of DHEA of old age directly parallels the loss of brain function.

The recent report of brain stimulation and “awakenings” involved stimulation of the thalamus. I suggest stimulation of the thalamus that produced an improvement in brain function is due to stimulation of DHEA. The thalamus is a center high in prolactin-releasing peptide, which has been shown to stimulate “awakenings” (Neuroscience 2002; 114: 229-38). Prolactin has been shown to specifically stimulate DHEA production. It has also been reported that DHEAS, the precursor of DHEA, “improves cognitive and behavioral deficits after mild traumatic brain injury” (Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2007 July 30; Milman, et al., epub ahead of print).

I suggest that the vegetative state may result from phenomena that cause reductions in DHEA.

James Michael Howard
Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A.

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Comment on Electricity and awakenings in vegetative state by James Michael Howard http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/electricity-and-awakenings-in-vegetative-state/comment-page-1/#comment-161898 James Michael HowardFri, 03 Aug 2007 15:14:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/electricity-and-awakenings-in-vegetative-state/#comment-161898Brain Stimulation and "Awakenings" It is my hypothesis that all tissues rely on DHEA for optimal function, especially the brain. Direct effects of DHEA on the brain are numerous and the natural decline of DHEA of old age directly parallels the loss of brain function. The recent report of brain stimulation and "awakenings" involved stimulation of the thalamus. I suggest stimulation of the thalamus that produced an improvement in brain function is due to stimulation of DHEA. The thalamus is a center high in prolactin-releasing peptide, which has been shown to stimulate "awakenings" (Neuroscience 2002; 114: 229-38). Prolactin has been shown to specifically stimulate DHEA production. It has also been reported that DHEAS, the precursor of DHEA, "improves cognitive and behavioral deficits after mild traumatic brain injury" (Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2007 July 30; Milman, et al., epub ahead of print). I suggest that the vegetative state may result from phenomena that cause reductions in DHEA. James Michael Howard Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A.Brain Stimulation and “Awakenings”

It is my hypothesis that all tissues rely on DHEA for optimal function, especially the brain. Direct effects of DHEA on the brain are numerous and the natural decline of DHEA of old age directly parallels the loss of brain function.

The recent report of brain stimulation and “awakenings” involved stimulation of the thalamus. I suggest stimulation of the thalamus that produced an improvement in brain function is due to stimulation of DHEA. The thalamus is a center high in prolactin-releasing peptide, which has been shown to stimulate “awakenings” (Neuroscience 2002; 114: 229-38). Prolactin has been shown to specifically stimulate DHEA production. It has also been reported that DHEAS, the precursor of DHEA, “improves cognitive and behavioral deficits after mild traumatic brain injury” (Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2007 July 30; Milman, et al., epub ahead of print).

I suggest that the vegetative state may result from phenomena that cause reductions in DHEA.

James Michael Howard
Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A.

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Comment on Electricity and awakenings in vegetative state by Maria Davila http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/electricity-and-awakenings-in-vegetative-state/comment-page-1/#comment-159875 Maria DavilaThu, 02 Aug 2007 15:45:45 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/electricity-and-awakenings-in-vegetative-state/#comment-159875Hello. I find all this information very interesting. My question is could some sort of brain stimulation help my father. He has been in a coma for about 8 years. The doctors never gave me a clear answer as to what put him in this vegetative status. They tell me he can't feel nothing, he can't respond, and what I see coming from him is his nerves causing him to respond to me. I don't agree with them. I will go stand over him and ask him to give me a kiss, and he will pucker up his lips and do it. Do you think you can give me more information please?Hello. I find all this information very interesting. My question is could some sort of brain stimulation help my father. He has been in a coma for about 8 years. The doctors never gave me a clear answer as to what put him in this vegetative status. They tell me he can’t feel nothing, he can’t respond, and what I see coming from him is his nerves causing him to respond to me. I don’t agree with them. I will go stand over him and ask him to give me a kiss, and he will pucker up his lips and do it. Do you think you can give me more information please? ]]>Comment on Inner speech and conscious experience by Language and self-awareness | Science & Consciousness Review http://sciconrev.org/2003/04/inner-speech-and-conscious-experience/comment-page-1/#comment-159782 Language and self-awareness | Science & Consciousness ReviewThu, 02 Aug 2007 14:24:21 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/04/inner-speech-and-conscious-experience/#comment-159782[...] my 2003 SCR paper “Inner speech and conscious experience” I put forward the notion that we most often need to talk to ourselves in order to understand [...][...] my 2003 SCR paper “Inner speech and conscious experience” I put forward the notion that we most often need to talk to ourselves in order to understand [...] ]]>Comment on Which brain regions enable us to remember our past and anticipate our future? by Natalie M. B/H/M/A http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-157036 Natalie M. B/H/M/AWed, 01 Aug 2007 02:15:34 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/#comment-157036Time travel is virtually possible, I am from a year from now. I was able to cause time travel by slowing down everything around me I was travelling at the speed of light forcing myself to return to the past to save something which was out of my control. I failed my mission. You cannot change the past but you can return to the past. I haven't been able to return to my own time though, I was born in the year 1990, I am from the future of 2008. I have beeen able to turn back time since 2003. I can re-play my life back from a year.Time travel is virtually possible, I am from a year from now. I was able to cause time travel by slowing down everything around me I was travelling at the speed of light forcing myself to return to the past to save something which was out of my control. I failed my mission. You cannot change the past but you can return to the past. I haven’t been able to return to my own time though, I was born in the year 1990, I am from the future of 2008. I have beeen able to turn back time since 2003. I can re-play my life back from a year. ]]>Comment on Seeing sounds, hearing tastes – Synesthesia in brain and mind by Loose Cannon Librarian » the synesthete’s universe http://sciconrev.org/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-155070 Loose Cannon Librarian » the synesthete’s universeMon, 30 Jul 2007 21:52:15 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/#comment-155070[...] The CogSci librarian (our book group’s excellent hostess) has a number of posts on the topic. One of the articles listed mentions that synesthesia is more common in children; it seems as if those of us who have [...][...] The CogSci librarian (our book group’s excellent hostess) has a number of posts on the topic. One of the articles listed mentions that synesthesia is more common in children; it seems as if those of us who have [...] ]]>Comment on A new drug for Consciousness? by jean http://sciconrev.org/2004/12/a-new-drug-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-152441 jeanSun, 29 Jul 2007 05:49:14 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/12/a-new-drug-for-consciousness/#comment-152441why coffe is the new drug of conciousness?why coffe is the new drug of conciousness? ]]>Comment on A new drug for Consciousness? by jean http://sciconrev.org/2004/12/a-new-drug-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-152436 jeanSun, 29 Jul 2007 05:47:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/12/a-new-drug-for-consciousness/#comment-152436why that coffe is the new of conciousness?why that coffe is the new of conciousness? ]]>Comment on Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Creativity by jasper.p http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/emotional-intelligence-and-emotional-creativity/comment-page-1/#comment-146987 jasper.pThu, 26 Jul 2007 04:41:46 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/emotional-intelligence-and-emotional-creativity/#comment-146987thanks for your help,and your great artical.thanks for your help,and your great artical. ]]>Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Brian Flanagan http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-144295 Brian FlanaganTue, 24 Jul 2007 15:54:32 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-144295"Mr. Flanagan has been pushing this quantum consciousness stuff even longer than Stapp has." Stapp preceded me, as Lockwood and I preceded Penrose. As to neuroscience, the community's response to the quantum-mind thesis has been akin to that of lazy students who want to know if this will be on the test. Koch has written that classical neurons have a wealth of state spaces to offer for anchoring sensory variables -- though he doesn't offer any explicit candidates. Yet, in the same breath, he admits that brains must operate on the quantum plain. So... the brain is quantum, but the mind is classical. Uh huh. Koch and Co. might want to look at Dyson's old SciAm article on "Field Theory," wherein Dyson points out that classical fields just are large quantum fields. In another article in Nature, Koch and Crick argued that physics can't help us understand mind & brain because physics is rigid, whereas biology is flexible. So... when the brain takes a left turn, it does so by ignoring physics? Or what? (Ironic, that Crick should have helped discover a physical mechanism underlying the profusion of living -- and often quite complex -- things.) It is a sad reflection on Nature and the scientific community as a whole that Crick and Koch should get so much air time for arguments that do not stand the slightest scrutiny -- for the simple reason that they have big names. The fact is that the paradigm has shifted and there's no going back. Those intent on fighting rearguard actions are advised to do what they can to catch up -- or, at a minimum, come up with less flimsy excuses for their willful ignorance.“Mr. Flanagan has been pushing this quantum consciousness stuff even longer than Stapp has.”

Stapp preceded me, as Lockwood and I preceded Penrose.

As to neuroscience, the community’s response to the quantum-mind thesis has been akin to that of lazy students who want to know if this will be on the test.

Koch has written that classical neurons have a wealth of state spaces to offer for anchoring sensory variables — though he doesn’t offer any explicit candidates. Yet, in the same breath, he admits that brains must operate on the quantum plain.

So… the brain is quantum, but the mind is classical. Uh huh.

Koch and Co. might want to look at Dyson’s old SciAm article on “Field Theory,” wherein Dyson points out that classical fields just are large quantum fields.

In another article in Nature, Koch and Crick argued that physics can’t help us understand mind & brain because physics is rigid, whereas biology is flexible. So… when the brain takes a left turn, it does so by ignoring physics? Or what? (Ironic, that Crick should have helped discover a physical mechanism underlying the profusion of living — and often quite complex — things.)

It is a sad reflection on Nature and the scientific community as a whole that Crick and Koch should get so much air time for arguments that do not stand the slightest scrutiny — for the simple reason that they have big names.

The fact is that the paradigm has shifted and there’s no going back. Those intent on fighting rearguard actions are advised to do what they can to catch up — or, at a minimum, come up with less flimsy excuses for their willful ignorance.

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Comment on Prosthetic arm with a feel by robin http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/prosthetic-arm-with-a-feel/comment-page-1/#comment-142255 robinMon, 23 Jul 2007 09:45:09 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/prosthetic-arm-with-a-feel/#comment-142255Great+tutorial.hGreat+tutorial.h ]]>Comment on Exploding the 10 percent myth by Mind Hacks http://sciconrev.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/comment-page-1/#comment-141152 Mind HacksSun, 22 Jul 2007 18:37:46 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/#comment-141152<strong>The necessity of the brain: a slight return...</strong> This week's edition of medical journal The Lancet has a brief case report of a 44-year-old man who was discovered to have a severely distorted brain, due to it being displaced by a build-up of fluid. The man's MRI scans are shown on the right and you...The necessity of the brain: a slight return…

This week’s edition of medical journal The Lancet has a brief case report of a 44-year-old man who was discovered to have a severely distorted brain, due to it being displaced by a build-up of fluid. The man’s MRI scans are shown on the right and you…

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Comment on Threat in Dreams: A Response to Threat Simulation Theory by Richard Wilkerson http://sciconrev.org/2005/01/threat-in-dreams-a-response-to-threat-simulation-theory/comment-page-1/#comment-141083 Richard WilkersonSun, 22 Jul 2007 17:23:02 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/01/threat-in-dreams-a-response-to-threat-simulation-theory/#comment-141083While reading this I began thinking about a presentation given by Jayne Gackenbach, PhD at the IASD 24th Annual conference of the <a href="http://asdreams.org/" rel="nofollow">International Association for the Study of Dreams.</a> Her work is on how heavy online gamers tend to have more lucid dreams than the normal population. If Revonsuo is correct, or at least somewhat correct, in saying there is part of dreaming involved in threat simulation, then this might explain why heavy gamers acheive lucidity above the normal population, ie that they are 'relieving' the brain of some of its dream-simulation needs in spending so much of the day in games that involve, well, threat simulation. This would 'free up' dream time for other purposes. That is, the dreaming mind, released of its constraints to simulate threats, might be free to self-reflect. This should be able to be tested by comparing gamers who focus on threat simulation type games to those who focus on other types of VR games (rare as that probably is at this time, but maybe Sim City fanatics or something). Also needing to be tested would be why the freed dreaming mind becomes self-reflective instead of say, occupied with flying or other dreaming pleasures and pains. Some of this has aleady been explored by Gackenbach, see http://www.spiritwatch.ca/ -- Richard WilkersonWhile reading this I began thinking about a presentation given by Jayne Gackenbach, PhD at the IASD 24th Annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Her work is on how heavy online gamers tend to have more lucid dreams than the normal population. If Revonsuo is correct, or at least somewhat correct, in saying there is part of dreaming involved in threat simulation, then this might explain why heavy gamers acheive lucidity above the normal population, ie that they are ‘relieving’ the brain of some of its dream-simulation needs in spending so much of the day in games that involve, well, threat simulation. This would ‘free up’ dream time for other purposes. That is, the dreaming mind, released of its constraints to simulate threats, might be free to self-reflect. This should be able to be tested by comparing gamers who focus on threat simulation type games to those who focus on other types of VR games (rare as that probably is at this time, but maybe Sim City fanatics or something). Also needing to be tested would be why the freed dreaming mind becomes self-reflective instead of say, occupied with flying or other dreaming pleasures and pains. Some of this has aleady been explored by Gackenbach, see http://www.spiritwatch.ca/

– Richard Wilkerson

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Comment on Empty mind — a brain disorder? by Santosh http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-140060 SantoshSat, 21 Jul 2007 23:18:35 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/#comment-140060A man in following link has it... http://www.well.com/user/jct/Talk.htm http://www.well.com/user/jct/index.html Extracts... Q: May I interrupt you? I was told by people who are around you that when this calamity befell you, you couldn't recognize even ordinary things. You were asking like a newborn child, "What is this?" Even if there was a flower in front of you, you did not know if that was a flower. Then you would ask, "What is this?" And the Swiss lady who was keeping house for you, who was looking after you, Valentine, [she is here with us], said "This is a flower." Then you would ask again, "What is this?" You mean to say that at the time when the calamity took place, all recognition was gone? U.G. Not only then, but even now, as I said, this is a state of 'not knowing'. Since the memory is there in the background, it begins to operate when there is a demand for it. That demand is created by an outside agency, because there is no entity here. There is no center here. There is no self here. There is no Atman here. There is no soul here at all. You may not agree. You may not accept it, but that unfortunately happens to be a fact. The totality of thoughts and feelings is not there. But [in you] there is an illusion that there is a totality of your feelings and thoughts. This human organism is responding to the challenges from outside. You are functioning in the sphere -- so, thousands and thousands, perhaps millions and millions of sensations are bombarding this body. Since there is no center here, since there is no mind here, since there is nothing here, what is it that is happening? What is happening here [is that] this human organism is responding to the challenges, or to the stimuli, if I may put it that way. So, there is nobody here who is translating these sensations in terms of past experiences. But there is a living contact with the things around. That is all that is there. One sensation after another is hitting this organism. And at the same time there is no coordinator here. This state of not knowing is not in relationship to your Brahman, or your Nirguna Brahman or Saguna Brahman or any such thing. This state of not knowing is in its relationship to the things that are there around you. You may be looking at a flower. You may think that it is a crazy state. Perhaps it is -- I don't know. You do not know what you are looking at. But when there is a demand for that -- and that demand always comes from outside, [asking] what is that, and then the knowledge, the information that is there, locked up in this organism comes and says that it is a rose, that this is a microphone, that's a man, that's a woman, and so on and so forth. This is not because there is a drive from inside, but the outside challenge brings out this answer. So, I say that this action is always taking place outside of this organism, not inside. How do I know that these sensations are bombarding or hitting this organism all the time? It is only because there is a consciousness which is conscious of itself and there is nobody who is conscious of the things that are happening. This is a living organism and that living state is functioning in its own way, in its natural way.A man in following link has it…

http://www.well.com/user/jct/Talk.htm

http://www.well.com/user/jct/index.html

Extracts…

Q: May I interrupt you? I was told by people who are around you that when this calamity befell you, you couldn’t recognize even ordinary things. You were asking like a newborn child, “What is this?” Even if there was a flower in front of you, you did not know if that was a flower. Then you would ask, “What is this?” And the Swiss lady who was keeping house for you, who was looking after you, Valentine, [she is here with us], said “This is a flower.” Then you would ask again, “What is this?” You mean to say that at the time when the calamity took place, all recognition was gone?

U.G. Not only then, but even now, as I said, this is a state of ‘not knowing’. Since the memory is there in the background, it begins to operate when there is a demand for it. That demand is created by an outside agency, because there is no entity here. There is no center here. There is no self here. There is no Atman here. There is no soul here at all. You may not agree. You may not accept it, but that unfortunately happens to be a fact. The totality of thoughts and feelings is not there. But [in you] there is an illusion that there is a totality of your feelings and thoughts. This human organism is responding to the challenges from outside. You are functioning in the sphere — so, thousands and thousands, perhaps millions and millions of sensations are bombarding this body. Since there is no center here, since there is no mind here, since there is nothing here, what is it that is happening? What is happening here [is that] this human organism is responding to the challenges, or to the stimuli, if I may put it that way. So, there is nobody here who is translating these sensations in terms of past experiences. But there is a living contact with the things around. That is all that is there. One sensation after another is hitting this organism. And at the same time there is no coordinator here. This state of not knowing is not in relationship to your Brahman, or your Nirguna Brahman or Saguna Brahman or any such thing. This state of not knowing is in its relationship to the things that are there around you. You may be looking at a flower. You may think that it is a crazy state. Perhaps it is — I don’t know. You do not know what you are looking at. But when there is a demand for that — and that demand always comes from outside, [asking] what is that, and then the knowledge, the information that is there, locked up in this organism comes and says that it is a rose, that this is a microphone, that’s a man, that’s a woman, and so on and so forth. This is not because there is a drive from inside, but the outside challenge brings out this answer. So, I say that this action is always taking place outside of this organism, not inside.

How do I know that these sensations are bombarding or hitting this organism all the time? It is only because there is a consciousness which is conscious of itself and there is nobody who is conscious of the things that are happening. This is a living organism and that living state is functioning in its own way, in its natural way.

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Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by whit http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-137710 whitThu, 19 Jul 2007 14:37:48 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-137710Where Stapp's previous work gets interesting is in the obvious isomorphism he brings out between quantum collapse from a range of coexisting possible-actual states to a single actual state, and the common human experience going from a range of real-seeming possibilities to a single enacted one (what's referred to as his "Jamesian view" above). But while he has appealed to this, he's never (that I've seen) brought out a precise hypothesis of just what the connection presumed behind this isomorphism should be. If the hypothesis is that human decision just is quantum collapse, shouldn't that come with speculation on how that's instantiated in the brain? Shouldn't there be some diagram of mechanism involving the psychological, the neurological, and the quantum physical? Does one show up in this new book? According to this review, Stapp appears to go farther in appealing to psychological findings. But while I'm certainly not well-versed in neuroscience, I wonder if Stapp produces any hooks to grapple with direct confirmation of his hypotheses via current neuroscientific techniques. I suspect he is, and has always been, speaking past the neuroscientists rather than to them. Perhaps the paradigm of current neuroscience is so fundamentally classical in its physics that he has no choice. Yet with neuroscience making some good progress in many areas, could a better connection be made? One hint of the possibility of convergence may be in Bruckner and Carroll's "Self projection and the brain" (Trends Cog. Sci. 2006), which argues that the default state of the brain is prospection - which is to say, focused on the cloud of possibilities. Occam's razor at least suggests that this default state would make most sense as an evolved feature of a world in which these possibilities are truly there; in a classically deterministic world all but one aren't (although that paper does not follow its implications into this space).Where Stapp’s previous work gets interesting is in the obvious isomorphism he brings out between quantum collapse from a range of coexisting possible-actual states to a single actual state, and the common human experience going from a range of real-seeming possibilities to a single enacted one (what’s referred to as his “Jamesian view” above). But while he has appealed to this, he’s never (that I’ve seen) brought out a precise hypothesis of just what the connection presumed behind this isomorphism should be. If the hypothesis is that human decision just is quantum collapse, shouldn’t that come with speculation on how that’s instantiated in the brain? Shouldn’t there be some diagram of mechanism involving the psychological, the neurological, and the quantum physical? Does one show up in this new book?

According to this review, Stapp appears to go farther in appealing to psychological findings. But while I’m certainly not well-versed in neuroscience, I wonder if Stapp produces any hooks to grapple with direct confirmation of his hypotheses via current neuroscientific techniques. I suspect he is, and has always been, speaking past the neuroscientists rather than to them. Perhaps the paradigm of current neuroscience is so fundamentally classical in its physics that he has no choice. Yet with neuroscience making some good progress in many areas, could a better connection be made?

One hint of the possibility of convergence may be in Bruckner and Carroll’s “Self projection and the brain” (Trends Cog. Sci. 2006), which argues that the default state of the brain is prospection – which is to say, focused on the cloud of possibilities. Occam’s razor at least suggests that this default state would make most sense as an evolved feature of a world in which these possibilities are truly there; in a classically deterministic world all but one aren’t (although that paper does not follow its implications into this space).

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Comment on The molecular basis of nicotine addition by Reza http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/the-molecular-basis-of-nicotine-addition/comment-page-1/#comment-135913 RezaWed, 18 Jul 2007 06:08:25 +0000http://sci-con.org/2005/12/the-molecular-basis-of-nicotine-addition/#comment-135913thanks for your informative page.please provide me with more images (esp.3D)about neuroanatomy and brain nuclei.thanks for your informative page.please provide me with more images (esp.3D)about neuroanatomy and brain nuclei. ]]>Comment on Attention and consciousness: two distinct brain processes by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/07/attention-and-consciousness-two-distinct-brain-processes/comment-page-1/#comment-133273 Arnold TrehubMon, 16 Jul 2007 18:59:50 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/07/attention-and-consciousness-two-distinct-brain-processes/#comment-133273I agree with the authors that untangling the relationship between attention and consciousness is necessary for a better understanding of consciousness and its biological substrate. The relationship between attention and consciousness is clarified in an explicit model of the neuronal mechanisms competent to account for fundamental aspects of phenomenal experience and the selective attention that enables us to focus on particular objects of our global experience. For a detailed description and discussion of these putative brain mechanisms, go to: http://www.people.umass.edu/trehub/thecognitivebrain/chapter4.pdf http://people.umass.edu/trehub/YCCOG828%20copy.pdfI agree with the authors that untangling the relationship between attention and consciousness is necessary for a better understanding of consciousness and its biological substrate. The relationship between attention and consciousness is clarified in an explicit model of the neuronal mechanisms competent to account for fundamental aspects of phenomenal experience and the selective attention that enables us to focus on particular objects of our global experience. For a detailed description and discussion of these putative brain mechanisms, go to:

http://www.people.umass.edu/trehub/thecognitivebrain/chapter4.pdf

http://people.umass.edu/trehub/YCCOG828%20copy.pdf

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Comment on Harmless Hallucinations in the Elderly by Peter Meijer http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/comment-page-1/#comment-127492 Peter MeijerThu, 12 Jul 2007 09:49:44 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/#comment-127492Hi Tony, Good question. The literature on CBS suggests that the eyes closed or eyes open condition stops the illusory percepts of CBS only in a minority of cases. So it is apparently not just a complex "modulation" of existing/remaining visual input from the eyes. See for instance Teunisse R.J., Craysberg J.R., Hoefugels WH., Verboek A.I., Zitman F.G. (1996), Visual hallucinations in psychologically normal people: Charles Bonnet syndrome, Lancet 347: 794-797.Hi Tony,

Good question. The literature on CBS suggests that the eyes closed or eyes open condition stops the illusory percepts of CBS only in a minority of cases. So it is apparently not just a complex “modulation” of existing/remaining visual input from the eyes. See for instance

Teunisse R.J., Craysberg J.R., Hoefugels WH., Verboek A.I., Zitman F.G. (1996), Visual hallucinations in psychologically normal people: Charles Bonnet syndrome, Lancet 347: 794-797.

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Comment on Harmless Hallucinations in the Elderly by Tony Brown http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/comment-page-1/#comment-127279 Tony BrownThu, 12 Jul 2007 05:36:36 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/#comment-127279What an enjoyable article. A little help with one question would be appreciated though. Since light does enter the eye, would it be more accurate to describe this Charles Bonnett Syndrome as an illusion ( a misperception of external stimuli), rather than a hullucination (perception caused in the absence of stimuli). Thanks for the greatt read.What an enjoyable article. A little help with one question would be appreciated though. Since light does enter the eye, would it be more accurate to describe this Charles Bonnett Syndrome as an illusion ( a misperception of external stimuli), rather than a hullucination (perception caused in the absence of stimuli). Thanks for the greatt read. ]]>Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Tony Brown http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-127264 Tony BrownThu, 12 Jul 2007 05:13:35 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-127264Interesting review. Although it didn't convince me to buy the book, it did put Stapp on my radar.Interesting review. Although it didn’t convince me to buy the book, it did put Stapp on my radar. ]]>Comment on The Neurochemistry of Psychdelic Experiences by chan http://sciconrev.org/2003/06/the-neurochemistry-of-psychdelic-experiences/comment-page-1/#comment-120731 chanSat, 07 Jul 2007 01:38:50 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/06/the-neurochemistry-of-psychdelic-experiences/#comment-120731I love how opponents of psychedelics don't really provide any justification for their stances other than "I am right and you are wrong." God hates psychedelics, because I say so! Get a life.I love how opponents of psychedelics don’t really provide any justification for their stances other than “I am right and you are wrong.”

God hates psychedelics, because I say so! Get a life.

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Comment on WELCOME To The New SCR! by Rylee Janel http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/welcome-to-the-new-scr/comment-page-1/#comment-118531 Rylee JanelThu, 05 Jul 2007 01:42:29 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/welcome-to-the-new-scr/#comment-118531I try to explain but you just dont understan. Rylee Janel.I try to explain but you just dont understan. Rylee Janel. ]]>Comment on Narrative selves by Jim Balter http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/narrative-selves/comment-page-1/#comment-114535 Jim BalterMon, 02 Jul 2007 00:58:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/narrative-selves/#comment-114535This view also tells us something about QM "collapse". When does collapse occur? When one of the alternatives is incorporated into a narrative. Consider Schrödinger's Cat: when someone opens the box, they incorporate either "cat alive" or "cat dead" into their narrative. But what about me? I haven't seen the cat, so its two states are still superimposed in my narrative of physics. If the person who opened the box tells me the cat is dead and I believe him, the states "collapse" upon my incorporation of that report into my narrative. Write it in a scientific journal and states collapse for those who read and accept the report. And on and on. The immense philosophical and conceptual confusion around quantum collapse come from the misconception of a single shared reality that we all have immediate access to. But whatever reality is, we don't share it in that immediate way -- we are all late comers, to varying degrees, to reality, and we all have narratives that lag behind and are incomplete and in many ways just plain wrong. Einstein made a breakthrough in his treatment of simultaneity, but the full scope of the importance of point of reference in our understanding of the physical world has not been appreciated. It's not just that we stand in different places, but that we have different brains each of which contains a somewhat different narrative.This view also tells us something about QM “collapse”. When does collapse occur? When one of the alternatives is incorporated into a narrative. Consider Schrödinger’s Cat: when someone opens the box, they incorporate either “cat alive” or “cat dead” into their narrative. But what about me? I haven’t seen the cat, so its two states are still superimposed in my narrative of physics. If the person who opened the box tells me the cat is dead and I believe him, the states “collapse” upon my incorporation of that report into my narrative. Write it in a scientific journal and states collapse for those who read and accept the report. And on and on. The immense philosophical and conceptual confusion around quantum collapse come from the misconception of a single shared reality that we all have immediate access to. But whatever reality is, we don’t share it in that immediate way — we are all late comers, to varying degrees, to reality, and we all have narratives that lag behind and are incomplete and in many ways just plain wrong. Einstein made a breakthrough in his treatment of simultaneity, but the full scope of the importance of point of reference in our understanding of the physical world has not been appreciated. It’s not just that we stand in different places, but that we have different brains each of which contains a somewhat different narrative. ]]>Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Jim Balter http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-114487 Jim BalterMon, 02 Jul 2007 00:35:07 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-114487Mr. Flanagan has been pushing this quantum consciousness stuff even longer than Stapp has. How "thoughtful and informed" can a review be by someone with a blurb on the cover of the book? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me, and CS&R undermines its credibility by publishing "reviews" by vested parties.Mr. Flanagan has been pushing this quantum consciousness stuff even longer than Stapp has.

How “thoughtful and informed” can a review be by someone with a blurb on the cover of the book? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me, and CS&R undermines its credibility by publishing “reviews” by vested parties.

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Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Brian J Flanagan http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-109885 Brian J FlanaganThu, 28 Jun 2007 15:44:08 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-109885Thanks for a thoughtful and informed review. I differ with Henry on a few basic points, but on the whole regard his work as among the most advanced on the subject, together with Lockwood's and my own.Thanks for a thoughtful and informed review. I differ with Henry on a few basic points, but on the whole regard his work as among the most advanced on the subject, together with Lockwood’s and my own. ]]>Comment on Phenomenology & the Cognitive Sciences by Anibal http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/phenomenology-the-cognitive-sciences/comment-page-1/#comment-109834 AnibalThu, 28 Jun 2007 14:23:14 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/phenomenology-the-cognitive-sciences/#comment-109834With respect to the second headline, but in some way related with the rest of them as well, i would like to highlight a peculiar syndrome call "Moebius syndrome" in which people suffer the inability to express facially their emotions, due to some cause of disfunction in their facial nerves. They are happy or cheerfull, but they are incapable of express that, resulting in a maladaptive relationship with others, depression etc. It is certainly of great interest to investigate phenomenally that condiiton and how the inability to express the ocurrence of phenomenal experience affect precisley the very occurrence of that experience.With respect to the second headline, but in some way related with the rest of them as well, i would like to highlight a peculiar syndrome call “Moebius syndrome” in which people suffer the inability to express facially their emotions, due to some cause of disfunction in their facial nerves.
They are happy or cheerfull, but they are incapable of express that, resulting in a maladaptive relationship with others, depression etc.
It is certainly of great interest to investigate phenomenally that condiiton and how the inability to express the ocurrence of phenomenal experience affect precisley the very occurrence of that experience. ]]>
Comment on A review of Henry Stapp’s Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer by Jim Balter http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/comment-page-1/#comment-108571 Jim BalterWed, 27 Jun 2007 14:16:09 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/a-review-of-henry-stapps-mindful-universe-quantum-mechanics-and-the-participating-observer/#comment-108571Before joining the uncritical acceptance by this "review" of Stapp's idée fixe that he's been pushing for years, people should consider some of responses from people like Pat Hayes and Aaron Sloman from years ago: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22henry+stapp%22+%22pat+hayes%22Before joining the uncritical acceptance by this “review” of Stapp’s idée fixe that he’s been pushing for years, people should consider some of responses from people like Pat Hayes and Aaron Sloman from years ago:

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22henry+stapp%22+%22pat+hayes%22

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Comment on Visual hallucinations? Draw it! by Jennifer http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/visual-hallucinations-draw-it/comment-page-1/#comment-103928 JenniferSat, 23 Jun 2007 05:51:12 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/visual-hallucinations-draw-it/#comment-103928My auras are like two fine neon hairs loosely twisted together going slowly from the left outer eye to the right eye. What does that mean? Too much caffeine or Motrin the previous day do you think? Although, I had them during the milk letdown process post pregnancy as well when I didn't drink diet Mt. Dew.My auras are like two fine neon hairs loosely twisted together going slowly from the left outer eye to the right eye. What does that mean? Too much caffeine or Motrin the previous day do you think? Although, I had them during the milk letdown process post pregnancy as well when I didn’t drink diet Mt. Dew. ]]>Comment on Genes, depression and medication by putu sulastoyo http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/genes-depression-and-medication/comment-page-1/#comment-103268 putu sulastoyoFri, 22 Jun 2007 09:53:44 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/genes-depression-and-medication/#comment-103268amazing discover our body especially brain,how body respon our conscious state when we feel stress or depressions,tell me more about consciousness-bodybrain-depression-antidepressant activity, thanks u attentionamazing discover our body especially brain,how body respon our conscious state when we feel stress or depressions,tell me more about consciousness-bodybrain-depression-antidepressant activity, thanks u attention ]]>Comment on The Experimental Phenomena of Consciousness: A Brief Dictionary by my mind on books » 'The Experimental Phenomena of Consciousness' at Science & Consciousness Review http://sciconrev.org/2007/06/the-experimental-phenomena-of-consciousness-a-brief-dictionary/comment-page-1/#comment-93298 my mind on books » 'The Experimental Phenomena of Consciousness' at Science & Consciousness ReviewWed, 13 Jun 2007 16:00:22 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/06/the-experimental-phenomena-of-consciousness-a-brief-dictionary/#comment-93298[...] Link to Science & Consciousness Review post on new book - ‘The Experimental Phenomena of C... [...][...] Link to Science & Consciousness Review post on new book – ‘The Experimental Phenomena of C… [...] ]]>Comment on Breakthrough study on EEG of meditation by Gamma Mind Enhancement Technology Experiment | Reality Shifter http://sciconrev.org/2005/05/breakthrough-study-on-eeg-of-meditation/comment-page-1/#comment-93158 Gamma Mind Enhancement Technology Experiment | Reality ShifterWed, 13 Jun 2007 11:29:17 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/05/breakthrough-study-on-eeg-of-meditation/#comment-93158[...] activity is related to perception and consciousness, as well as higher mental activity. Another research study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated that Tibetan monks [...][...] activity is related to perception and consciousness, as well as higher mental activity. Another research study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated that Tibetan monks [...] ]]>Comment on Who’s superstitious? by Gary Stapleton - Paranormal Investigator » Blog Archive » What makes some people supersticious, or believe in the paranormal? http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/whos-supersticious/comment-page-1/#comment-90732 Gary Stapleton - Paranormal Investigator » Blog Archive » What makes some people supersticious, or believe in the paranormal?Sun, 10 Jun 2007 14:12:39 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/whos-supersticious/#comment-90732[...] read more | digg story [...][...] read more | digg story [...] ]]>Comment on Why We Give In To Temptation by Anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/why-we-give-in-to-temptation/comment-page-1/#comment-85423 AnonymousWed, 06 Jun 2007 06:53:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/why-we-give-in-to-temptation/#comment-85423It's possible that the sugar consumed by those who chose the cookies and chocolate (which also contains caffiene) had considerably more energy than those who chose the lower-calorie, low glycemic snack. (Glucose fuels brain function, and caffiene has a stimulating effect.)?????It’s possible that the sugar consumed by those who chose the cookies and chocolate (which also contains caffiene) had considerably more energy than those who chose the lower-calorie, low glycemic snack. (Glucose fuels brain function, and caffiene has a stimulating effect.)????? ]]>Comment on Baby study suggests beauty is not in the eye of the beholder by frank http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/comment-page-1/#comment-85195 frankWed, 06 Jun 2007 02:38:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/#comment-85195bahahahahaha... thanks for the laugh undying. "Aesthetic is the fundamental right over the modulation of material to basic math universal laws"... lol.bahahahahaha… thanks for the laugh undying. “Aesthetic is the fundamental right over the modulation of material to basic math universal laws”… lol. ]]>Comment on Narrative selves by Spinoza http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/narrative-selves/comment-page-1/#comment-74175 SpinozaMon, 28 May 2007 12:44:58 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/narrative-selves/#comment-74175I would say that William Schapp is spot-on. Our somewhat vague conscious selves are clearly a mental construct taking the form of a verbal narrative, subject to exageration, delusion, deception... and pathological fragmentation, as well as dissolution (e.g. Alzheimer's). As prescient as Shakespeare's sarcastic insight, it is a bit too dramtaic and negative. It seems that the human capacity for language and meta-cognition which emerged from our neural network, and gave rise to the narrative self. However, Shakespeare was right in the sense that at revealing moments, we feel or glimpse ourselves as though caught in a play... those interconnected "stories"... and indeed, we are. That "glimpse" is consciousness coming to grips with the deterministic and inexorable "unfolding" of spacetime, eh?I would say that William Schapp is spot-on. Our somewhat vague conscious selves are clearly a mental construct taking the form of a verbal narrative, subject to exageration, delusion, deception… and pathological fragmentation, as well as dissolution (e.g. Alzheimer’s).

As prescient as Shakespeare’s sarcastic insight, it is a bit too dramtaic and negative. It seems that the human capacity for language and meta-cognition which emerged from our neural network, and gave rise to the narrative self. However, Shakespeare was right in the sense that at revealing moments, we feel or glimpse ourselves as though caught in a play… those interconnected “stories”… and indeed, we are.

That “glimpse” is consciousness coming to grips with the deterministic and inexorable “unfolding” of spacetime, eh?

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Comment on What is the FACT? by Romeo Vitelli http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-68188 Romeo VitelliThu, 24 May 2007 02:45:08 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-68188So you can have life without consciousness but you can not have consciousness without life? I'm not sure that clearly follows from the axiom as stated.So you can have life without consciousness but you can not have consciousness without life? I’m not sure that clearly follows from the axiom as stated. ]]>Comment on What is the FACT? by anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-67973 anonymousWed, 23 May 2007 23:29:16 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-67973Romeo Vitelli - Tulving argues that the set of conscious things is a subset of alive things. He does not argue that the two sets are identical. The argument is "If something is conscious, it is alive.", the argument is NOT "If AND ONLY IF something is conscious, it is alive."Romeo Vitelli – Tulving argues that the set of conscious things is a subset of alive things. He does not argue that the two sets are identical. The argument is “If something is conscious, it is alive.”, the argument is NOT “If AND ONLY IF something is conscious, it is alive.” ]]>Comment on What is the FACT? by Romeo Vitelli http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-67915 Romeo VitelliWed, 23 May 2007 22:42:41 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-67915Of course, to take the argument further, you would then have to argue that the corollary to FACT is "If something is alive, then it is conscious". Does this mean that bacteria have consciousness? Do microbe philosphers debate the existence of macrobiotic life? Or do we argue that anything without consciousness can not be alive and so non-conscious biological organisms simply mimic life?Of course, to take the argument further, you would then have to argue that the corollary to FACT is “If something is alive, then it is conscious”. Does this mean that bacteria have consciousness? Do microbe philosphers debate the existence of macrobiotic life? Or do we argue that anything without consciousness can not be alive and so non-conscious biological organisms simply mimic life? ]]>Comment on What is the FACT? by gcox http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-67786 gcoxWed, 23 May 2007 21:18:51 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-67786I believe Tulving's story is exceptionally tongue-in-cheek. Several things make this clear: 1) His introduction in which he explains how "one" can absolve oneself for predictive errors, followed immediately by an explanation of why he has received a revelation from the future, making such an excuse effectively unnecessary. 2) His various vindictive references to "committee science", which seems to guide the research of the future in a way he clearly thinks is bad. 3) The use of GOD and JC as the initials of the "saviors" of cog sci, whose "FACT" has become an article of unquestioned faith in the future, and which is based on clearly invalid logic. 4) Notice the language he uses when talking about testing for DNA, which bares similarity to the language used when talking about testing for consciousness. That being said, I think the FACT ("If something is not alive, then it is not conscious") is more remarkable--and more true--when expressed as its contrapositive: If something is conscious, then it is alive. Thus, if one built a conscious machine, it would be alive, by the FACT.I believe Tulving’s story is exceptionally tongue-in-cheek. Several things make this clear: 1) His introduction in which he explains how “one” can absolve oneself for predictive errors, followed immediately by an explanation of why he has received a revelation from the future, making such an excuse effectively unnecessary. 2) His various vindictive references to “committee science”, which seems to guide the research of the future in a way he clearly thinks is bad. 3) The use of GOD and JC as the initials of the “saviors” of cog sci, whose “FACT” has become an article of unquestioned faith in the future, and which is based on clearly invalid logic. 4) Notice the language he uses when talking about testing for DNA, which bares similarity to the language used when talking about testing for consciousness.

That being said, I think the FACT (“If something is not alive, then it is not conscious”) is more remarkable–and more true–when expressed as its contrapositive: If something is conscious, then it is alive. Thus, if one built a conscious machine, it would be alive, by the FACT.

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Comment on Out-of-body experiences may be caused by arousal system disturbances in brain by Todd Laurence http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/out-of-body-experiences-may-be-caused-by-arousal-system-disturbances-in-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-67453 Todd LaurenceWed, 23 May 2007 15:46:01 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/out-of-body-experiences-may-be-caused-by-arousal-system-disturbances-in-brain/#comment-67453See url....See url…. ]]>Comment on Which brain regions enable us to remember our past and anticipate our future? by Todd Laurence http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-67451 Todd LaurenceWed, 23 May 2007 15:43:29 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/#comment-67451The ability to "see" future events has been verified. See url above. The nature of "acausality" was a major aspect of Carl Jung's 'synchronicity principle,' and much has been written about this reality. Few realize that the main conclusions concern the nature of number as the most primal archetype of order in the human mind. "man has need of the word, but in essence, number is sacred" Jung "entelekk"The ability to “see” future events has been verified. See url above. The nature of “acausality” was a major aspect of Carl Jung’s ‘synchronicity principle,’ and much has been written about
this reality. Few realize that the main conclusions concern the nature of number as the most primal archetype of order in the human mind.

“man has need of the word, but in essence, number is sacred” Jung

“entelekk”

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Comment on The units of thought by Arnold Trehub http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/the-units-of-thought/comment-page-1/#comment-66013 Arnold TrehubTue, 22 May 2007 16:06:35 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/the-units-of-thought/#comment-66013For an explicit theoretical model of neuronal brain mechanisms that accomplish what these investigators propose, see *The Cognitive Brain*, Ch. 8 "Composing Behavior: Registers for Plans and Actions", and Ch. 9 "Set Point and Motive: The Formation and Resolution of Goals". ArnoldFor an explicit theoretical model of neuronal brain mechanisms that accomplish what these investigators propose, see *The Cognitive Brain*,
Ch. 8 “Composing Behavior: Registers for Plans and Actions”, and
Ch. 9 “Set Point and Motive: The Formation and Resolution of Goals”.

Arnold

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Comment on What is the FACT? by Omni Brain http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-64804 Omni BrainMon, 21 May 2007 23:08:13 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-64804<strong>Just the FACT...</strong> Endel Tulving wrote this FACT, referring to 'The First Axiom of Consciousness and Thought' - 'If a thing is not alive, it cannot be conscious, nor can it think.' Read more, including criticism (sorta). Do you agree, or ...?......Just the FACT…

Endel Tulving wrote this FACT, referring to ‘The First Axiom of Consciousness and Thought’ – ‘If a thing is not alive, it cannot be conscious, nor can it think.’ Read more, including criticism (sorta). Do you agree, or …?……

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Comment on Quantum Mind 2007 by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/quantum-mind-2007/comment-page-1/#comment-62616 Abdu "The One"Sun, 20 May 2007 10:31:42 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/quantum-mind-2007/#comment-62616Dear readers, I have provided more than fifty (50) comments about various articles appearing in this on-line Science & Consciousness Review. I thought I was providing these comments to help myselfand look qualified before the committes of Quantum Mind 2007 Conference. Unfortunately, my abstract was politely regected, due to, to the best of my knowledge (UTTER MISUNDERSTANDING). I hoped even to get a FIRST-PERSON KEYNOTE ADDRESS due to the fact that I wanted to tackle the Brain/Mind problem in ubelievably new way touching on, proving and disproving several theories possibly for most famous scientists and men of renown (the Binding Problem, the Hardest Problem, and perception). There is one major benefit for my abstract rejection i.e.: The world particularly its scientists will carry on playig the same game of turning around the bush until another Abdu "The One", who is supposed then to be lucky enough to be heard, is endowed upon the world with the same claims and aptitude. Thanks for this magazine, thanks for the international conferecnces committees, thanks for my readers and finally: Good luck my dear dear dear poor world. I will weep for you all including your scientists particularly your neuroscientists esp. the most prominent among them (not to mention any by name), psychologists, and philosophers ...etc. Adieu!Dear readers,
I have provided more than fifty (50) comments about various articles appearing in this on-line Science & Consciousness Review. I thought I was providing these comments to help myselfand look qualified before the committes of Quantum Mind 2007 Conference. Unfortunately, my abstract was politely regected, due to, to the best of my knowledge (UTTER MISUNDERSTANDING). I hoped even to get a FIRST-PERSON KEYNOTE ADDRESS due to the fact that I wanted to tackle the Brain/Mind problem in ubelievably new way touching on, proving and disproving several theories possibly for most famous scientists and men of renown (the Binding Problem, the Hardest Problem, and perception). There is one major benefit for my abstract rejection i.e.: The world particularly its scientists will carry on playig the same game of turning around the bush until another Abdu “The One”, who is supposed then to be lucky enough to be heard, is endowed upon the world with the same claims and aptitude. Thanks for this magazine, thanks for the international conferecnces
committees, thanks for my readers and finally: Good luck my dear dear dear poor world. I will weep for you all including your scientists particularly your neuroscientists esp. the most prominent among them (not to mention any by name), psychologists, and philosophers …etc. Adieu! ]]>
Comment on Baby study suggests beauty is not in the eye of the beholder by undying http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/comment-page-1/#comment-62010 undyingSat, 19 May 2007 20:54:10 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/baby-study-suggests-beauty-is-not-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/#comment-62010You are crazy. Genetics is incidental. Beauty is a modulation of something. It's intrinsic character is metaphysical, abstract law. Beauty is something like the golden cut. The "uglier" is the worse applied math function. Ugly means bad development. Look at twins. You are stone cold crazy - beauty is not something of identification and self gratification, over dna, it is something of correct aesthetic processing. Aesthetic is the fundamental right over the modulation of material to basic math universal laws.You are crazy.

Genetics is incidental. Beauty is a modulation of something. It’s intrinsic character is metaphysical, abstract law. Beauty is something like the golden cut. The “uglier” is the worse applied math function. Ugly means bad development. Look at twins. You are stone cold crazy – beauty is not something of identification and self gratification, over dna, it is something of correct aesthetic processing. Aesthetic is the fundamental right over the modulation of material to basic math universal laws.

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Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by unknown http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-57224 unknownMon, 14 May 2007 23:31:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-57224this is 2 long!!!this is 2 long!!! ]]>Comment on What is the FACT? by truth machine http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-57175 truth machineMon, 14 May 2007 22:39:57 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-57175I can't quite tell whether this is a badly written satire attacking an absurd view, or some sort of badly written tongue-in-cheek support for said absurd view. I charitably lean toward the former, but both alice and anonymous seem to have taken it as the latter -- alice approving of the absurdity ("lucid thought"??) and anonymous disapproving of it. Alice doesn't seem to grasp the concept of "review". If Dr. Tulving's "message" is so "piercing", then just what is it? One of his points seems to be that there are a lot of fools working in consciousness studies who can't distinguish a syllogism from a religious proclamation.I can’t quite tell whether this is a badly written satire attacking an absurd view, or some sort of badly written tongue-in-cheek support for said absurd view. I charitably lean toward the former, but both alice and anonymous seem to have taken it as the latter — alice approving of the absurdity (“lucid thought”??) and anonymous disapproving of it.

Alice doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of “review”. If Dr. Tulving’s “message” is so “piercing”, then just what is it? One of his points seems to be that there are a lot of fools working in consciousness studies who can’t distinguish a syllogism from a religious proclamation.

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Comment on Harmless Hallucinations in the Elderly by Peter Meijer http://sciconrev.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/comment-page-1/#comment-57027 Peter MeijerMon, 14 May 2007 19:19:05 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/05/harmless-hallucinations-in-the-elderly/#comment-57027Hi Bernard, Thank you for this nice and well-written article about CBS! Apart from "treating" or "dealing with" CBS, one can also conjecture about binding CBS to sensory substitution, like I proposed at <a href="http://www.seeingwithsound.com/imagery.htm" title="Sound-Induced Mental Imagery for the Blind" rel="nofollow">Sound-Induced Mental Imagery for the Blind</a> After all, realistic visual hallucinations with the visual content tightly bound to live but crossmodally encoded camera views would be very much like... true vision for the blind? This would turn a "limited problem" into an real asset - though no one knows at present if it can be made to work as hoped for. Best regards, Peter MeijerHi Bernard,

Thank you for this nice and well-written article about CBS!
Apart from “treating” or “dealing with” CBS, one can also
conjecture about binding CBS to sensory substitution, like
I proposed at

Sound-Induced Mental Imagery for the Blind

After all, realistic visual hallucinations with the visual
content tightly bound to live but crossmodally encoded camera
views would be very much like… true vision for the blind?
This would turn a “limited problem” into an real asset – though
no one knows at present if it can be made to work as hoped for.

Best regards,

Peter Meijer

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Comment on Genetics of emotional regulation by nate http://sciconrev.org/2006/10/genetics-of-emotional-regulation/comment-page-1/#comment-53954 nateFri, 11 May 2007 16:27:28 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/genetics-of-emotional-regulation/#comment-53954does genetic traist & emotion behavior have a connectiondoes genetic traist & emotion behavior have a connection ]]>Comment on Male and female voices activate distinct regions in the male brain by Joshua Winn http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/male-and-female-voices-activate-distinct-regions-in-the-male-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-50351 Joshua WinnSun, 06 May 2007 13:52:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/male-and-female-voices-activate-distinct-regions-in-the-male-brain/#comment-50351And how exactly can you analyze the voices, assuming that the technology doesn't exist to read people's minds or, whatever? I think we need more good psychiatrists out there who give a damn about more people, because clearly not a broad enough range of people are being, reached, which may be why our economic system is collapsing?And how exactly can you analyze the voices, assuming that the technology doesn’t exist to read people’s minds or, whatever? I think we need more good psychiatrists out there who give a damn about more people, because clearly not a broad enough range of people are being, reached, which may be why our economic system is collapsing? ]]>Comment on Consciousness under anesthesia by Jones http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/comment-page-1/#comment-49877 JonesSat, 05 May 2007 16:03:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/#comment-49877I believe I may be a person on whom general anesthesia would not work. Injected dental anesthetics (several instances) simply do not affect me, nor did one instance of an injected local anesthetic. Alcohol does not get me drunk. For what it's worth, many of my dreams are lucid and I sleepwalk under stress. I am not a scientist and have no idea how consciousness works, but mine seems to work a bit differently than most. I could use significant dental work and haven't had it because the pain is ghastly. I am also concerned that if I should ever need general surgery, the anesthetic wouldn't affect me. Are there any resources for people like me?I believe I may be a person on whom general anesthesia would not work. Injected dental anesthetics (several instances) simply do not affect me, nor did one instance of an injected local anesthetic. Alcohol does not get me drunk. For what it’s worth, many of my dreams are lucid and I sleepwalk under stress. I am not a scientist and have no idea how consciousness works, but mine seems to work a bit differently than most.

I could use significant dental work and haven’t had it because the pain is ghastly. I am also concerned that if I should ever need general surgery, the anesthetic wouldn’t affect me.

Are there any resources for people like me?

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Comment on The Role of Dreams in the Evolution of the Human Mind by Amar LAKHDAR http://sciconrev.org/2005/04/the-role-of-dreams-in-the-evolution-of-the-human-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-48225 Amar LAKHDARWed, 02 May 2007 15:41:55 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/04/the-role-of-dreams-in-the-evolution-of-the-human-mind/#comment-48225Bonjour de France, Sorry but I can't explain in english. Since more than 14 years I'm trying to interest people for the translation of dreams. I propose an easy test on my website : tension = dream (often) I say Dream is like a DNA beavioring. No dream (remining) mean to sleep of the sleep of the just. Nobody hear me (!?) Thank you. Sincèrement. AmarBonjour de France,
Sorry but I can’t explain in english.
Since more than 14 years I’m trying to interest people for the translation of dreams.
I propose an easy test on my website : tension = dream (often)
I say Dream is like a DNA beavioring. No dream (remining) mean to sleep of the sleep of the just.
Nobody hear me (!?)
Thank you.
Sincèrement.
Amar ]]>
Comment on They love to make you mad by anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/they-love-to-make-you-mad/comment-page-1/#comment-48215 anonymousWed, 02 May 2007 15:16:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/they-love-to-make-you-mad/#comment-48215"Some people seem to thrive on goading people into angry responses" -- Trollers are not typical subjects. Although common in certain parts of the web, in the large scheme they are rare.“Some people seem to thrive on goading people into angry responses”

– Trollers are not typical subjects. Although common in certain parts of the web, in the large scheme they are rare.

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Comment on They love to make you mad by truth machine http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/they-love-to-make-you-mad/comment-page-1/#comment-47844 truth machineTue, 01 May 2007 20:48:50 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/they-love-to-make-you-mad/#comment-47844It might be possible to extend this to explain trolling and flaming on the internet. Some people seem to thrive on goading people into angry responses -- responses that the goaders feel safe from behind the veil of their computers. Which also suggests a serious flaw in the study -- an image of a face on a computer screen is not at all equivalent to a physically present person.It might be possible to extend this to explain trolling and flaming on the internet. Some people seem to thrive on goading people into angry responses — responses that the goaders feel safe from behind the veil of their computers. Which also suggests a serious flaw in the study — an image of a face on a computer screen is not at all equivalent to a physically present person. ]]>Comment on Comments on "A framework for consciousness" by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/02/comments-on-a-framework-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-47743 Abdu "The One"Tue, 01 May 2007 11:49:12 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/02/comments-on-a-framework-for-consciousness/#comment-47743Yes,Taylor,any theory or framework lacking the "Observing Self" is really lacking an essential major component of consciousness subject. Although, Koch alluded more than once about something that has to do with an "agency";"authorship"( very near to ownership which embodies the Self:"free will";"ethics" and a few more terms, yet I did not find him saying it clearly, the Self. (For such terms please refer to that famous interview with Ramsoy included here in the same list of featured articles). He even told his interviewer ending a para. no.3):"It follows as a corollary that thinking about philosophical zombies is sterile." Isn't he here trying to say something against zombies, even though his framework doesn't say the same thing? Anyway, Taylor has introduced a good critical appreciation that proved not only a remarkable intelligence but a sense of humour, as well. Taylor restricted his analysis to the Frame work (and this is the right thing to do), and I admit I did not.Yes,Taylor,any theory or framework lacking the “Observing Self” is really lacking an essential major component of consciousness subject. Although, Koch alluded more than once about something that has to do with an “agency”;”authorship”( very near to ownership which embodies the Self:”free will”;”ethics” and a few more terms, yet I did not find him saying it clearly, the Self. (For such terms please refer to that famous interview with Ramsoy included here in the same list of featured articles). He even told his interviewer ending a para. no.3):”It follows as a corollary that thinking about philosophical zombies is sterile.” Isn’t he here trying to say something against zombies, even though his framework doesn’t say the same thing? Anyway, Taylor has introduced a good critical appreciation that proved not only a remarkable intelligence but a sense of humour, as well. Taylor restricted his analysis to the Frame work (and this is the right thing to do), and I admit I did not. ]]>Comment on Time and memory by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/time-and-memory/comment-page-1/#comment-47696 Abdu "The One"Tue, 01 May 2007 06:32:02 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/time-and-memory/#comment-47696It was around Dec.15th.,2006, while I was enjoying a vacation in Jordan, when a presentation shown on the Jordanian TV, provided by a Jordanian professor who studied in an American university, drew my attention. It was a scientific research related to time and conducted by the said professor who proved that the religious view which says soething like :"God is time" is corect. What is interesting in the research is the use of the computer. I actually cannot explain it but roughly he he used all the components of time "terms" ( the second; the minute and its being 60 seconds, the hour= 60 minutes and ending with the months and the year=12 months and the number of days in the two types of the year.. etc.)He showed us how he has done that operation and how the word Allah (the main name of God "The Almighty" in Arabic)was formed as a result of that computational operation. When somebody writes about time and space (time-space theories and relevant subjects)the religious perspective should be taken into consideration, otherwise there remains something lacking in any subject that may claim scientificality. It could be difficult to refer to the Jordanian TV but it is not impossible, for reference.It was around Dec.15th.,2006, while I was enjoying a vacation in Jordan, when a presentation shown on the Jordanian TV, provided by a Jordanian professor who studied in an American university, drew my attention. It was a scientific research related to time and conducted by the said professor who proved that the religious view which says soething like :”God is time” is corect. What is interesting in the research is the use of the computer. I actually cannot explain it but roughly he he used all the components of time “terms” ( the second; the minute and its being 60 seconds, the hour= 60 minutes and ending with the months and the year=12 months and the number of days in the two types of the year.. etc.)He showed us how he has done that operation and how the word Allah (the main name of God “The Almighty” in Arabic)was formed as a result of that computational operation. When somebody writes about time and space (time-space theories and relevant subjects)the religious perspective should be taken into consideration, otherwise there remains something lacking in any subject that may claim scientificality. It could be difficult to refer to the Jordanian TV but it is not impossible, for reference. ]]>Comment on A computer-based model of Crick and Koch’s Framework for Consciousness by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/03/a-computer-based-model-of-crick-and-koch%e2%80%99s-framework-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-47493 Abdu "The One"Mon, 30 Apr 2007 12:42:48 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/03/a-computer-based-model-of-crick-and-koch%e2%80%99s-framework-for-consciousness/#comment-47493"The idea of coalitions effectively finesses the 'binding problem'." God "The Almighty" shows us in such a situation His unique power: He has endowed man's brain with a certain power that enables him to perform two tasks: The first one is: "Finessing" the "BINDING PROBLEM" in the inside, and the second one is:"showing ... " in the outside.“The idea of coalitions effectively finesses the ‘binding problem’.” God “The Almighty” shows us in such a situation His unique power: He has endowed man’s brain with a certain power that enables him to perform two tasks: The first one is: “Finessing” the “BINDING PROBLEM” in the inside, and the second one is:”showing … ” in the outside. ]]>Comment on Scrub-jays plan for the future by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/scrub-jays-plan-for-the-future/comment-page-1/#comment-45324 Abdu "The One"Thu, 26 Apr 2007 07:02:23 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/scrub-jays-plan-for-the-future/#comment-45324Although the ants are much smaller than scrub-jays in size, and even lower in species, they as a matter of fact store food in very big quantities to be used in the future, in winter. This is indication of some sort of thinking but in no way comparable with that of the human beings except in some/certain aspects. In general ants, and all other creatures are tribes and nations like us, yet we are better equipped with top quality powers when it comes to cmparison of one species to another..., the difference is vast in favor of the human, however in the quality of organization, for example, the ant's may surpass that of the human. By and large, man is much more "dignified" with his various qualities and talents, at the top of which comes his mind, his crown.Although the ants are much smaller than scrub-jays in size, and even lower in species, they as a matter of fact store food in very big quantities to be used in the future, in winter. This is indication of some sort of thinking but in no way comparable with that of the human beings except in some/certain aspects. In general ants, and all other creatures are tribes and nations like us, yet we are better equipped with top quality powers when it comes to cmparison of one species to another…, the difference is vast in favor of the human, however in the quality of
organization, for example, the ant’s may surpass that of the human. By and large, man is much more “dignified” with his various qualities and talents, at the top of which comes his mind, his crown. ]]>
Comment on Why are watch enthusiasts more self-reflective? by Bill http://sciconrev.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/comment-page-1/#comment-45000 BillWed, 25 Apr 2007 20:38:45 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/#comment-45000An age old skeptic's question: So what?An age old skeptic’s question:
So what? ]]>
Comment on Science Wins: A Televised Test of "Psychic Healing" by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/07/science-wins-a-televised-test-of-psychic-healing/comment-page-1/#comment-44425 Abdu "The One"Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:10:38 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/07/science-wins-a-televised-test-of-psychic-healing/#comment-44425It happened that I faced a difficult situation where I have to choose between two alternatives: 1) Resign from my work abroad and return to my country which I only left recently with some debts on my shoulder, a really difficult position to take, or 2)Walk on foot daily to the work site for at least two (2) complete hours: one hour go and one hour back. After thinking it over and over again I have chosen the second alternative (WALKING). How could I convince myself to carry this out? I told myself- in a sort of placebo influence- if I divide the way into three pieces I will definitely score a success and render the whole way walkable. I said: from my house to the first traffic light is just five minutes which I should be ashamed of myself if I say I can't walk it, and to the first supermarket it is only a couple of five-minute packs, exactly three fives = 20 minutes. If I need to by anything from the supermarket I must be able to do it, for it's a matter of a 20 minute walk. Then suppose that thing to buy was bread (very necessary)and that it was not available at the supermarket, then I have to walk to the other branch (another 20 minute walk), and that I would have proved that I could do. Then, there remains only the last third 20 minute walk piece, which is just proved walkable i.e. it is nothing. The whole sixy (60) mintue walk may be logically considered nonexistent. Time swallows distance, or the reverse, they swallow each other. Scientifically their existence and relationship are not decisive but still subjects of doubt, and anyway both may be nothing or onething (space-time theory). I found it advisable and plusible enough that there is no obstacle facing me by something not for certain existent, a shadow. On the waves of the imagination I did not only walk it but fly it exactly like I sometimes do in my dreams. Based on these thories, I have been successfully enjoying it (I mean walking it)for the last thirty (30)months. Thanks to God, and then to my power of imagination, my placebo spaceship.It happened that I faced a difficult situation where I have to choose between two alternatives: 1) Resign from my work abroad and return to my country which I only left recently with some debts on my shoulder, a really difficult position to take, or 2)Walk on foot daily to the work site for at least two (2) complete
hours: one hour go and one hour back. After thinking it over and over again I have chosen the second alternative (WALKING). How could I convince myself to carry this out? I told myself- in a sort of placebo influence- if I divide the way into three pieces I will definitely score a success and render the whole way walkable. I said: from my house to the first traffic light is just five minutes which I should be ashamed of myself if I say I can’t walk it, and to the first supermarket it is only a couple of five-minute packs, exactly three fives = 20 minutes. If I need to by anything from the supermarket I must be able to do it, for it’s a matter of a 20 minute walk. Then suppose that thing to buy was bread (very necessary)and that it was not available at the supermarket, then I have to walk to the other branch (another 20 minute walk), and that I would have proved that I could do. Then, there remains only the last third 20 minute walk piece, which is just proved walkable i.e. it is nothing. The whole sixy (60) mintue walk may be logically considered nonexistent. Time swallows distance, or the reverse, they swallow each other. Scientifically their existence and relationship are not decisive but still subjects of doubt, and anyway both may be nothing or onething (space-time theory). I found it advisable and plusible enough that there is no obstacle facing me by something not for certain existent, a shadow. On the waves of the imagination I did not only walk it but fly it exactly like I sometimes do in my dreams. Based on these thories, I have been successfully enjoying it (I mean walking it)for the last thirty (30)months. Thanks to God, and then to my power of imagination, my placebo spaceship. ]]>
Comment on What is the FACT? by anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/comment-page-1/#comment-42743 anonymousMon, 23 Apr 2007 21:58:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/what-is-the-fact/#comment-42743The FACT is not even a lowercase fact. There are numerous computer programs and AI engines that perform tasks which when done by humans we would consider to be "thinking", but these programs not alive in any shape or form. They do not reproduce, have no metabolism, etc. etc.The FACT is not even a lowercase fact. There are numerous computer programs and AI engines that perform tasks which when done by humans we would consider to be “thinking”, but these programs not alive in any shape or form. They do not reproduce, have no metabolism, etc. etc. ]]>Comment on An Attention-Based Control Model of Consciousness (CODAM) by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/06/an-attention-based-control-model-of-consciousness-codam/comment-page-1/#comment-42367 Abdu "The One"Mon, 23 Apr 2007 11:24:56 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/06/an-attention-based-control-model-of-consciousness-codam/#comment-42367I would like to specify the following points: 1. If attention is not concsiousness itself, then at least it is an esential/ concentrated part/ aspect of it. 2. Some of the terms used in this article may be confusing such as: "inverse attention controller";"inverse controller module", I suppose that they are the same controller. "inner eye"; "inner attention": I know they are meant for two different things, but is not the word 'inner' here may mislead us to think that there could be an "outer" one. Introducing a new module/ theory usually requires a definition. I am a little bit confused with a basic term "corllary ..etc.). The last line in the first paragraph of this article says that Taylor claims that "consciousness can be more fruitfully regarded as created by processes arising from the movement of the atention." The notion asserting the importance of "attention" in "consciousness" subject ia really a great. CODAM module is not less important than other known ones, however in my own point of view some reversal is likely to take place: In sum: matter cannot create consciousness through attention. I argue that attention may lead us to consciousness.(Please refer to the last two lines in the introduction above).I would like to specify the following points:
1. If attention is not concsiousness itself, then at least it is an esential/ concentrated part/ aspect of it.
2. Some of the terms used in this article may be confusing such as: “inverse attention controller”;”inverse controller module”, I suppose that they are the same controller. “inner eye”; “inner attention”: I know they are meant for two different things, but is not the word ‘inner’ here may mislead us to think that there could be an “outer” one.
Introducing a new module/ theory usually requires a definition.
I am a little bit confused with a basic term “corllary ..etc.).

The last line in the first paragraph of this article says that
Taylor claims that “consciousness can be more fruitfully regarded
as created by processes arising from the movement of the atention.”
The notion asserting the importance of “attention” in “consciousness” subject ia really a great. CODAM module is not
less important than other known ones, however in my own point of view some reversal is likely to take place: In sum: matter cannot create consciousness through attention. I argue that attention may lead us to consciousness.(Please refer to the last two lines in the introduction above).

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Comment on Seeing sounds, hearing tastes – Synesthesia in brain and mind by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-42156 Abdu "The One"Mon, 23 Apr 2007 05:12:46 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/#comment-42156One more concluding para. to be added to the above comment (no. 2): One's saliva may run in one's mouth (leak/ just like a stream) when the word lemon is mentioned, or lemon itself is seen or even imagined. The saliva flow increases if one looks at a lemon being cut. What does this mean? the sense of taste + the sense of sight (in the area of imagination where all senses meet, affect each other or dominate/ encroach upon each other's areas due to certain causes/effects/circumstances)= synesthesia.One more concluding para. to be added to the above comment (no. 2):
One’s saliva may run in one’s mouth (leak/ just like a stream) when the word lemon is mentioned, or lemon itself is seen or even imagined. The saliva flow increases if one looks at a lemon being cut. What does this mean? the sense of taste + the sense of sight (in the area of imagination where all senses meet, affect each other or dominate/ encroach upon each other’s areas due to certain causes/effects/circumstances)= synesthesia. ]]>
Comment on Seeing sounds, hearing tastes – Synesthesia in brain and mind by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-41793 Abdu "The One"Sun, 22 Apr 2007 14:05:17 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/#comment-41793One of the sentences in this article says that synesthesia is a sort of a "neurological disorder". I believe it to be so. I also believe that something like Baars's "Workspace" is a proper place for such competing neurons, but now in conflict with their input and consequently synesthetic disorder in the output is noticed by synesthetes and may be registered at labs. All information coming from the sesnses 'DO' meet in the same field where mind (conscious & sub/unconscious)tackle it all so amazingly in a normal head. However, in an abnormal one indistinctive/ wrong judgement/(disorder) including the synesthesia phenomenon may partially or wholly occur.One of the sentences in this article says that synesthesia is a sort of a “neurological disorder”. I believe it to be so. I also believe that something like Baars’s “Workspace” is a proper place for such competing neurons, but now in conflict with their input and consequently synesthetic disorder in the output is noticed by synesthetes and may be registered at labs.

All information coming from the sesnses ‘DO’ meet in the same field where mind (conscious & sub/unconscious)tackle it all so amazingly in a normal head. However, in an abnormal one indistinctive/ wrong judgement/(disorder) including the synesthesia phenomenon may partially or wholly occur.

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Comment on Hysterical Conversion, Consciousness and the Brain by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/09/hysterical-conversion-consciousness-and-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-41726 Abdu "The One"Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:28:37 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/09/hysterical-conversion-consciousness-and-the-brain/#comment-417261st.: Not all physical impairments are detectable. 2nd.: The "binding" element which I propose to be "physiomental": Partially physical that lacks its power of adhesion, for some reason that we are supposed to find out,in a hysterical case. Subsequently, imagination dysfunction may cause malfunction of other areas, neurons/ their pathways or you may suggest the amygdala or the thalamus .. etc. Other possibilities are still there, especially an undetectable psychic malady.1st.: Not all physical impairments are detectable.
2nd.: The “binding” element which I propose to be “physiomental”:
Partially physical that lacks its power of adhesion, for
some reason that we are supposed to find out,in a hysterical
case. Subsequently, imagination dysfunction may cause
malfunction of other areas, neurons/ their pathways or you
may suggest the amygdala or the thalamus .. etc.

Other possibilities are still there, especially an undetectable psychic malady.

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Comment on Empty mind — a brain disorder? by Maxi http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-41544 MaxiSun, 22 Apr 2007 07:53:30 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/#comment-41544Sometimes, like now, my mind becomes empty. I cant think well, words dont come. I want to respond to people but i cant (yes im responding now. Im not saying i have this particular problem)...anyway for me though its just every now and then, probably about once every few days and it lasts between 10 minutes and 4 hours, varying in severity. I feel bad for people that have a similar problem constantlySometimes, like now, my mind becomes empty. I cant think well, words dont come. I want to respond to people but i cant (yes im responding now. Im not saying i have this particular problem)…anyway for me though its just every now and then, probably about once every few days and it lasts between 10 minutes and 4 hours, varying in severity. I feel bad for people that have a similar problem constantly ]]>Comment on Global Workspace Theory: An interview with Bernard Baars by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/07/global-workspace-theory-an-interview-with-bernard-baars/comment-page-1/#comment-40962 Abdu "The One"Sat, 21 Apr 2007 13:18:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/07/global-workspace-theory-an-interview-with-bernard-baars/#comment-40962N.B Half an hour ago I have written a comment in a form of a dialogue related to consciousness between me an Bernard Baars. It is meant to appear here. ATTENTION ;RSS; PLEASE LET THAT DAILOGUE APPEAR HERE SOONEST. THANKSN.B Half an hour ago I have written a comment in a form of a dialogue related to consciousness between me an Bernard Baars. It is meant to appear here.

ATTENTION ;RSS;
PLEASE LET THAT DAILOGUE APPEAR HERE SOONEST. THANKS

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Comment on Consciousness in the Single Neuron by Mind Hacks http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/consciousness-in-the-single-neuron/comment-page-1/#comment-40344 Mind HacksFri, 20 Apr 2007 10:35:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/consciousness-in-the-single-neuron/#comment-40344<strong>2007-04-20 Spike activity...</strong> Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Cognitive Daily investigates the curious psychological effects of self-refilling bowls. The San Francisco Chronicle discusses OCD from the perspective of a popular radio broadcaster and author who ...2007-04-20 Spike activity…

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Cognitive Daily investigates the curious psychological effects of self-refilling bowls. The San Francisco Chronicle discusses OCD from the perspective of a popular radio broadcaster and author who …

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Comment on Ned Block paper, BBS call for commentators by HelloWorld http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/ned-block-paper-bbs-call-for-commentators/comment-page-1/#comment-39477 HelloWorldWed, 18 Apr 2007 17:27:19 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/ned-block-paper-bbs-call-for-commentators/#comment-39477Peace people We love youPeace people

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Comment on Interview with Christof Koch by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/11/interview-with-christof-koch/comment-page-1/#comment-39361 Abdu "The One"Wed, 18 Apr 2007 11:17:57 +0000http://sci-con.org/2004/11/interview-with-christof-koch/#comment-39361I cannot help starting to express my appreciation of a rmarkably pertinent impressive epitaph suggested by Koch to his late dear friend F. Crick. The high of a scientific spirit that they both enjoyed separately and together is distinguished according to the ideas we read about here and there pertaining to their relation. It is really a good example. In one of the questions at the beginning of the interview, Ramsoy introduces a question this way:"But if your focus is on local processes in neurons do you not run the risk of missing crucial events at a global scale?" The question actually moved me to laughter from the bottom of my heart, and left me indebted with the duty of thanking Ramsoy for it: Thank you very much Ramsoy. I suppose you could be right in your surmise that Koch may miss a "global" event being busy "locally". Sometimes, the more one looks at something the more he is apt to miss it. Apparently the more you study at school books the more intelligent you are expected to become. But what actually happened to one of my colleagues at the university was that he became, due to much studying, quite pedantic/scholastic but always missed to learn the lesson that should be taken from every lesson(lecture: Much data and knowledge, yet lacking proper or even any analysis. As a matter of fact exploring from above (e.g. from a plane) can be better in a sense from exploring from the ground. In other words, you cannot see the city if you ar in the middle of the city, however you can see it all together in one view if you look at it from an overlooking mountain summit. Therefore, if any scientist especially the neuro-one addict, keeps gazing at a particular thing in his beloved lab, he may discover great things, but the greater ones will most certainly be missed. Look at Dr.Alan Wolf (Captain Quantum) from physics and particularly quantum discipline he converted to speculative/theoretical physics and disclosed in a recent interview that this has happened to him because he began to question: What is it after all- what is it that lies beyond matter and the world of physics? The man has actually converted to somethinbg new: became a Shamanist, a lucid dreamer, a "Soul" seeker and researcher up to his own way. Look at a famous anaesthesiologist/neuroscientist Dr. Stuart Hameroff's answer to his interviewer's question: "Are you Idealist/ Platonist". The Tucson Consciousnes Conferences Organizer (Quantum Mind 2007)answered in the affirmative, and so did Captain Quantum). Work in the lab and "locally" is good, however consciousness itself may reside somewhere else. Look for it EVERYWHERE ("Why wait")-if I may borrow the term. Thank you.I cannot help starting to express my appreciation of a rmarkably pertinent impressive epitaph suggested by Koch to his late dear friend F. Crick. The high of a scientific spirit that they both enjoyed separately and together is distinguished according to the ideas we read about here and there pertaining to their relation. It is really a good example.

In one of the questions at the beginning of the interview, Ramsoy introduces a question this way:”But if your focus is on local processes in neurons do you not run the risk of missing crucial events at a global scale?” The question actually moved me to laughter from the bottom of my heart, and left me indebted with the duty of thanking Ramsoy for it: Thank you very much Ramsoy. I suppose you could be right in your surmise that Koch may miss a “global” event being busy “locally”. Sometimes, the more one looks at something the more he is apt to miss it. Apparently the more you study at school books the more intelligent you are expected to become. But what actually happened to one of my colleagues at the university was that he became, due to much studying, quite pedantic/scholastic but always missed to learn the lesson that should be taken from every lesson(lecture: Much data and knowledge, yet lacking proper or even any analysis. As a matter of fact exploring from above (e.g. from a plane) can be better in a sense from exploring from the ground. In other words, you cannot see the city if you ar in the middle of the city, however you can see it all together in one view if you look at it from an overlooking mountain summit. Therefore, if any scientist especially the neuro-one addict, keeps gazing at a particular thing in his beloved lab, he may discover great things, but the greater ones will most certainly be missed. Look at Dr.Alan Wolf (Captain Quantum) from physics and particularly quantum discipline he converted to speculative/theoretical physics and disclosed in a recent interview that this has happened to him because he began to question: What is it after all- what is it that lies beyond matter and the world of physics? The man has actually converted to somethinbg new: became a Shamanist, a lucid dreamer, a “Soul” seeker and researcher up to his own way. Look at a famous anaesthesiologist/neuroscientist Dr. Stuart Hameroff’s answer to his interviewer’s question: “Are you
Idealist/ Platonist”. The Tucson Consciousnes Conferences Organizer (Quantum Mind 2007)answered in the affirmative, and so did Captain Quantum).

Work in the lab and “locally” is good, however consciousness itself may reside somewhere else. Look for it EVERYWHERE (“Why wait”)-if I may borrow the term. Thank you.

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Comment on Consciousness in the Single Neuron by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/consciousness-in-the-single-neuron/comment-page-1/#comment-39245 Abdu "The One"Wed, 18 Apr 2007 07:11:40 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/consciousness-in-the-single-neuron/#comment-392451. "It is as if the brain is unable to decide which eye to trust, and therefore constantly wavers back and forth between them." I believe that the brain (the physical) deals with the situation quite ordinarily receiving the two objects internally just as if they are two pieces of dough entered into the oven to be baked.Neither the brain nor the the physical objects are conscious. The mind deals with them with efficiency and accuracy and interprets them to the observing "Self" which is going to choose between them. This moment could be one of hesitation : the Self wants to concentrate on one thing. This concentration on one thing entails less concentration/or intentional/ unintentional observation of the other object. The whole operation depends on the interest/desire of the Self to see this and not to see that. The mind (the mental) my be perplexed due to the hesitation of the "fickle Self" oscillation or even worse is its undecided status, the neutral position that may cause a blur. 2. "The Max Plank Institute at Tuebingen , Germany" experiments as described above shows no valuable results that can be considered proof of a hypothesis or its reversal. The abstract's last paragraph reads: "We conclude ... of the stimuli involved. "( Pls.refer to the very last four lines). I argue that this conclusion is not scientifically accurate. There are implicit propabilities more than scientific facts. Nothing actually is reached at, and (if any)is likely to mislead. The experiments conducted are good and in the right path towards the targetted subject (consciousness), and more experiments are still required if promising outcomes are to be attained. Good luck.1. “It is as if the brain is unable to decide which eye to trust, and therefore constantly wavers back and forth between them.”
I believe that the brain (the physical) deals with the situation quite ordinarily receiving the two objects internally just as if they are two pieces of dough entered into the oven to be baked.Neither the brain nor the the physical objects are conscious. The mind deals with them with efficiency and accuracy and interprets them to the observing “Self” which is going to choose between them. This moment could be one of hesitation : the Self wants to concentrate on one thing. This concentration on one thing entails less concentration/or intentional/ unintentional observation of the other object. The whole operation depends on the interest/desire of the Self to see this and not to see that. The mind (the mental) my be perplexed due to the hesitation of the “fickle Self” oscillation or even worse is its undecided status, the neutral position that may cause a blur.

2. “The Max Plank Institute at Tuebingen , Germany” experiments as described above shows no valuable results that can be considered proof of a hypothesis or its reversal. The abstract’s last paragraph reads: “We conclude … of the stimuli involved. “( Pls.refer to the very last four lines). I argue that this conclusion is not scientifically accurate. There are implicit propabilities more than scientific facts. Nothing actually is reached at, and (if any)is likely to mislead.

The experiments conducted are good and in the right path towards the targetted subject (consciousness), and more experiments are still required if promising outcomes are to be attained. Good luck.

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Comment on An artificial sixth sense by Christine Sutherland http://sciconrev.org/2007/04/an-artificial-sixth-sense/comment-page-1/#comment-39147 Christine SutherlandWed, 18 Apr 2007 02:26:54 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/04/an-artificial-sixth-sense/#comment-39147Really interesting research! Synaesthesia has been studied and written about for many years, and I think most people involved in rehabilitation, as well as people running the more high-level communications training, have noticed that certain senses seem to be "up for grabs" when a person attempts to learn a new skill, or strives to attain a awareness of previously-unconscious processing. I've found it fascinating that in seeking to be aware of or "read" another person's internal state, that some people may, rather than visually noticing, instead sense a smell or a body sensation that correlates with the state. This article is also interesting in that it makes the point that the brain seems to have learned from the experience of utilising the machine. The machine is merely a teaching tool, not a prosthetic in the true sense of the word. What are the limits of our perception, I wonder? This is a question which should be asked/debated, or we risk sidetracking into unhelpful metaphysical arenas, or being perceived as supporting anti-scientific paradigms. New-age bouncing bunnies are notorious for hijacking good science and utilising it in the next snake-oil scam.Really interesting research! Synaesthesia has been studied and written about for many years, and I think most people involved in rehabilitation, as well as people running the more high-level communications training, have noticed that certain senses seem to be “up for grabs” when a person attempts to learn a new skill, or strives to attain a awareness of previously-unconscious processing.

I’ve found it fascinating that in seeking to be aware of or “read” another person’s internal state, that some people may, rather than visually noticing, instead sense a smell or a body sensation that correlates with the state.

This article is also interesting in that it makes the point that the brain seems to have learned from the experience of utilising the machine. The machine is merely a teaching tool, not a prosthetic in the true sense of the word.

What are the limits of our perception, I wonder? This is a question which should be asked/debated, or we risk sidetracking into unhelpful metaphysical arenas, or being perceived as supporting anti-scientific paradigms.

New-age bouncing bunnies are notorious for hijacking good science and utilising it in the next snake-oil scam.

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Raven http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-38796 RavenTue, 17 Apr 2007 15:14:49 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-38796I'd like to see the list of other criteria. Until recently, I had 8 out of 8 of the factors listed. As I get older, I have more frequent psi perceptions. If this keeps up, I should have an interesting retirement someday.I’d like to see the list of other criteria. Until recently, I had 8 out of 8 of the factors listed. As I get older, I have more frequent psi perceptions. If this keeps up, I should have an interesting retirement someday. ]]>Comment on Radiant Cool — a book review by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/07/radiant-cool-a-book-review/comment-page-1/#comment-38719 Abdu "The One"Tue, 17 Apr 2007 11:51:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/07/radiant-cool-a-book-review/#comment-387191) The brain is only seemingly lies in the dark, and Haruon Yahya claims it to be located in "the darkest" place, however I say that it only looks, just for us, to be in the "dark(est)site. From a different perspective, it looks enlightened and everything their resideslmoves in a clear atmosphere that is quite lit. 2) Providing the scientific theory of the novelist in the same novel, separately though,is a sour sandwich to eat, that is self-wiping artistic touches, and giving a reader no room for the world of fiction and imagination to enjoy. It is like revealing the finale of the film story while still watching the complications of the plot, just spoiling it all. Does the novelist want to gain two kinds of audiences: those of fiction readers and those of science and its theories seekers? I am just questioning. 3) "The brain is a multidimensional neural network" : This is a great say, and even the remnant part of the same sentence shows the importance of the writer's theory related to consciousness. Thanks for the novelist, and not to forget thanking Allan Combs for this interesting article: Thank you.1) The brain is only seemingly lies in the dark, and Haruon Yahya claims it to be located in “the darkest” place, however I say that it only looks, just for us, to be in the “dark(est)site. From a different perspective, it looks enlightened and everything their resideslmoves in a clear atmosphere that is quite lit.

2) Providing the scientific theory of the novelist in the same novel, separately though,is a sour sandwich to eat, that is self-wiping artistic touches, and giving a reader no room for the world of fiction and imagination to enjoy. It is like revealing the finale of the film story while still watching the complications of the plot, just spoiling it all. Does the novelist want to gain two kinds of audiences: those of fiction readers and those of science and its theories seekers? I am just questioning.

3) “The brain is a multidimensional neural network” : This is a great say, and even the remnant part of the same sentence shows the importance of the writer’s theory related to consciousness.

Thanks for the novelist, and not to forget thanking Allan Combs for this interesting article: Thank you.

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Comment on How genes make up your mind by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-38694 Abdu "The One"Tue, 17 Apr 2007 10:24:00 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/#comment-38694"You are nothing but a back of neurons, the late F. Crick wrote according to Ramsoey who now adds "You are nothing but a pack of genes". And I don't know whether Ramsoey has left some room for me to give another addition:"You are nothing but a pack of light"(depending not only on Einstein's equation E=MC sq. but on the implicit idea that derives from reading the starting part of this very bracketed sentence), however you usually forget this very scientific fact, and of course you are excused being all the time busy in physical object and even using light to enable you to see those objects. The excuse is indulgence in materialism or you may use any other term including "money". Alas for this poor "unconscious" man being indulged in anything excluding the search for the TRUTH, neither looking at heaven/earth where marvels abounds nor within himself, the realm of miracles including that of genes. Hypothesizing about the role of genes, Ramsoey claims that they "set the stage for how neurons and functional groups of neurons act in response to different inputs." This is fair enough, however to add, and of course still hypothesizing, he carries on to claim "Genes are therefore fundamental for the way we experience, think, and behave. I argue that is more than a hypothesis can bear :" experience" in addition: "think", and furhermore: "behave". I argue that such a claim(s) need much effort to scientifically prove any of these many notions which are "easy said than done". S0, I suppose there remains the issue of proof of whatever claimed, and one more thing that the term "therefore" was a little far from logically-used a term. I admire the way this article is presented to us, and could easily notice and appreciate the systematic and grdual building up the structure/ body of this scientifically strong analysis based on certain lab works (Hariri's), nonetheless, one may find it plausibly unacceptable to take for granted a sort of unsustainable enough findings. In other words binding some outcomes with some philosophical theory is not less hard than "The Hard Problem". Finally, the genes set up the stage for the neurons, so marvelous a role they do, if this claim has got enough support. As for any claims of their being fundamental for the way we "experience","think","behave" : I believe that they are not. As dignified by beng human beings nothing is shaping us: We have been shaped since our creation.“You are nothing but a back of neurons, the late F. Crick wrote according to Ramsoey who now adds “You are nothing but a pack of genes”. And I don’t know whether Ramsoey has left some room for me to give another addition:”You are nothing but a pack of light”(depending not only on Einstein’s equation E=MC sq. but on the implicit idea that derives from reading the starting part of this very bracketed sentence), however you usually forget this very scientific fact, and of course you are excused being all the time busy in physical object and even using light to enable you to see those objects. The excuse is indulgence in materialism or you may use any other term including “money”. Alas for this poor “unconscious” man being indulged in anything excluding the search for the TRUTH, neither looking at heaven/earth where marvels abounds nor within himself, the realm of miracles including that of genes.

Hypothesizing about the role of genes, Ramsoey claims that they
“set the stage for how neurons and functional groups of neurons act in response to different inputs.” This is fair enough, however to add, and of course still hypothesizing, he carries on to claim “Genes are therefore fundamental for the way we experience, think, and behave. I argue that is more than a hypothesis can bear :” experience” in addition: “think”, and furhermore: “behave”. I argue that such a claim(s) need much effort to scientifically prove any of these many notions which are “easy said than done”. S0, I suppose there remains the issue of proof of whatever claimed, and one more thing that the term “therefore” was a little far from logically-used a term.

I admire the way this article is presented to us, and could easily notice and appreciate the systematic and grdual building up the structure/ body of this scientifically strong analysis based on certain lab works (Hariri’s), nonetheless, one may find it plausibly unacceptable to take for granted a sort of unsustainable enough findings. In other words binding some outcomes with some philosophical theory is not less hard than “The Hard Problem”.

Finally, the genes set up the stage for the neurons, so marvelous a role they do, if this claim has got enough support. As for any claims of their being fundamental for the way we “experience”,”think”,”behave” : I believe that they are not. As dignified by beng human beings nothing is shaping us: We have been shaped since our creation.

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Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by marvin kirsh http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-38596 marvin kirshTue, 17 Apr 2007 02:42:34 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-38596I think phenomenon are known via relations derived from self relation as in the example given below using the onion (its’ layers, are alone, prominent demarcations perhaps related in the same way to the organization assortment and extraction of learned facts) I am a scientist (biochemist) absent from the university 20 years and have recently pursued a study in philosophy. Current science education is very restrictive and does not consider history. In my own mind I have reduced all things(including cause and effect) to the word witness(of both unique witness A and the act of his(its') witness =A). From this scheme A chain is thus described of witness and events A.B.C.D ...over time of any change.. This must be true even for temporally unextended events. A question can be posed-can a volume of space exist that is closed such that a witness process within it leaves no external record from uncommunicated thought, and I do not think that this is possible. Between the past and the present, in general, the existence of a closed space implies the alignment of all witness processes from an origin. Thus if the molecular interactions within the brain are chains of witness in terms of communications between intracellular and extracellular events, thought produces a sum change of some type, rather than saying A causes B. Like the layers of an onion, it is conceived from a (differential-i.e conceived from a more previous change)..previous change.. and relates to itself that way...relates externally that way the same, and to the same, of objects of mutual witness and cannot be detected if it did not occur in this ad-infinitum means of mutual relation . .e.g. occurred with intention as an external relation appropriate to the relations of another onion-set of onion like, layered entity. If such a relation did not occur, it did not exist; the suggestion of whether an uncommunicated thought/unextended event, could be detectable is not any different from the suggestion of being able to detect what dies niot exist. This is very different from a notion "does cognition alone produces detectable or undetectable change". The way one spends his time, where his thoughts rest can change the way he relates--self-relates. I think this fact might be instantiated to concepts of history. With respect to the onion example, the world, all of its’ processes might be divided into the appropriate (direct, basically originating proximally, and directly applicable to one's perceptions) and the inappropriate (indirect, originating distal to what is proximal and relocated in the sense that it contains “information” more applicable to a distal place). These elements –appropriate and inappropriate, associated with momentum/energy-by comparison and difference, I believe, define time, are the perceived elements of change, as of the different layers of the onion-and the basis of all relations. Actual time itself I think to be of a higher order(e.g. x^2) oscillation, with respect to our mental frequencies/wavelengths as space and volume seekers; are but a subset. Einstein himself did not believe that the correct elements to describe phenomenon had been ascertained (major topics being “observed and then reconsidered”). If one reflects on history, it is dominated (from description see Nietzsche "On the Geneology of Morals) ) to be riddled with actions and concepts formed from inappropriate connections(the Arians and the Jews and their described activities and ascribed life positions with respect to others-one another). To include the human habit of soul searching, but extended deep into the realms of science and philosophy, where serious controversies exist and a vast dark area continues to emerge, I would like to propose the notion that there is an inappropriate light in every beacon on this earth from its’ beginning –from the first recorded thoughts. With respect to history and science, it is simple to state that all things emerge, but not so simple to accept that we might not find laws that enable us to assemble an understanding or order to provide explanation-but only a simple list of circumstances evolved over time from the past and unwitnessable. I believe that natures mechanism for continuance is recurring in the sense that (information for) survival in (innately) included with conscious experience. Science, though, appearing useless, in this case of unpredictable emergence, might only suffer from a poor orientation(see personal manuscript in URL list) in its avoidance, or ignorance, of individual ratios (that might be, with empirical categorization, become individual potential ratios, for each unique,causality becoming, in both science and individual perception a range of hierarchically ordered potentials uniquely suited for each unique relation). A newly ordered scheme that accounts only for a mechanism of transmission, transmission/replication of form, self avoidance as the issuer of force/momentum-the means of uniqueness(and uniqueness in perspective and emergence), is possible. In this sense though, I believe/fear that we have overextended our means to take an inappropriate direction for continuance with an excessive exploitation of nature arrived at from failed insight and overconfidence. Marvin E. Kirsh http://www.authorsden.com/marvinelikirsh http://www.marvinekirsh.com http://philosophy.elte.hu/philphys_archive/2007/msg00015.htmlI think phenomenon are known via relations derived from self relation as in the example given below using the onion (its’ layers, are alone, prominent demarcations perhaps related in the same way to the organization assortment and extraction of learned facts)

I am a scientist (biochemist) absent from the university 20 years and have recently pursued a study in philosophy. Current science education is very restrictive and does not consider history. In my own mind I have reduced all things(including cause and effect) to the word witness(of both unique witness A and the act of his(its’) witness =A). From this scheme A chain is thus described of witness and events A.B.C.D …over time of any change.. This must be true even for temporally unextended events. A question can be posed-can a volume of space exist that is closed such that a witness process within it leaves no external record from uncommunicated thought, and I do not think that this is possible. Between the past and the present, in general, the existence of a closed space implies the alignment of all witness processes from an origin. Thus if the molecular interactions within the brain are chains of witness in terms of communications between intracellular and extracellular events, thought produces a sum change of some type, rather than saying A causes B. Like the layers of an onion, it is conceived from a (differential-i.e conceived from a more previous change)..previous change.. and relates to itself that way…relates externally that way the same, and to the same, of objects of mutual witness and cannot be detected if it did not occur in this ad-infinitum means of mutual relation . .e.g. occurred with intention as an external relation appropriate to the relations of another onion-set of onion like, layered entity. If such a relation did not occur, it did not exist; the suggestion of whether an uncommunicated thought/unextended event, could be detectable is not any different from the suggestion of being able to detect what dies niot exist. This is very different from a notion “does cognition alone produces detectable or undetectable change”. The way one spends his time, where his thoughts rest can change the way he relates–self-relates. I think this fact might be instantiated to concepts of history.
With respect to the onion example, the world, all of its’ processes might be divided into the appropriate (direct, basically originating proximally, and directly applicable to one’s perceptions) and the inappropriate (indirect, originating distal to what is proximal and relocated in the sense that it contains “information” more applicable to a distal place). These elements –appropriate and inappropriate, associated with momentum/energy-by comparison and difference, I believe, define time, are the perceived elements of change, as of the different layers of the onion-and the basis of all relations. Actual time itself I think to be of a higher order(e.g. x^2) oscillation, with respect to our mental frequencies/wavelengths as space and volume seekers; are but a subset. Einstein himself did not believe that the correct elements to describe phenomenon had been ascertained (major topics being “observed and then reconsidered”).
If one reflects on history, it is dominated (from description see Nietzsche “On the Geneology of Morals) ) to be riddled with actions and concepts formed from inappropriate connections(the Arians and the Jews and their described activities and ascribed life positions with respect to others-one another).

To include the human habit of soul searching, but extended deep into the realms of science and philosophy, where serious controversies exist and a vast dark area continues to emerge, I would like to propose the notion that there is an inappropriate light in every beacon on this earth from its’ beginning –from the first recorded thoughts.
With respect to history and science, it is simple to state that all things emerge, but not so simple to accept that we might not find laws that enable us to assemble an understanding or order to provide explanation-but only a simple list of circumstances evolved over time from the past and unwitnessable. I believe that natures mechanism for continuance is recurring in the sense that (information for) survival in (innately) included with conscious experience. Science, though, appearing useless, in this case of unpredictable emergence, might only suffer from a poor orientation(see personal manuscript in URL list) in its avoidance, or ignorance, of individual ratios (that might be, with empirical categorization, become individual potential ratios, for each unique,causality becoming, in both science and individual perception a range of hierarchically ordered potentials uniquely suited for each unique relation). A newly ordered scheme that accounts only for a mechanism of transmission, transmission/replication of form, self avoidance as the issuer of force/momentum-the means of uniqueness(and uniqueness in perspective and emergence), is possible. In this sense though, I believe/fear that we have overextended our means to take an inappropriate direction for continuance with an excessive exploitation of nature arrived at from failed insight and overconfidence.

Marvin E. Kirsh

http://www.authorsden.com/marvinelikirsh
http://www.marvinekirsh.com
http://philosophy.elte.hu/philphys_archive/2007/msg00015.html

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Comment on Empty mind — a brain disorder? by Simone http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-38428 SimoneMon, 16 Apr 2007 13:58:51 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/#comment-38428I think i have this problem or something like it.. im just not thinking the majority of the time. I can think if i have to but it doesnt come naturally so i must have a problem.More information on this topic would be helpfulI think i have this problem or something like it.. im just not thinking the majority of the time. I can think if i have to but it doesnt come naturally so i must have a problem.More information on this topic would be helpful ]]>Comment on The Neurochemistry of Psychdelic Experiences by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/06/the-neurochemistry-of-psychdelic-experiences/comment-page-1/#comment-38414 Abdu "The One"Mon, 16 Apr 2007 12:31:14 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/06/the-neurochemistry-of-psychdelic-experiences/#comment-38414"The psychedelic experience thus represents a unique intersection mind, matter,science and mysticism that still defies explanation." This concluding quotation of the article is by and large quite acceptable. However, when it comes to its details some parts of its bases become indubitably ramshackle. There is confusion in using certain terms, nonetheless such confusion is common in other similar books/articles, such as "mysticism" understood to include the notion of religions, "God", "the religious aspect", and then even magic and "the siriual realm" ..etc. Therefore I would like to seize this opportunity and shed some light on the world of light and enlightenment on the one hand, and the world of the dark and its evil agents on the other: "God" stand in one camp with all that is good and dignified includiing - for example but not limited to-: religion (the true one(s)), the Divine, the spiritual realm- that relates to the Spirit in the good sense whose synonym is the Soul,..etc. In the other camp of terms and related powers comes: The Devil, spirits in the bad evil sense, whose synonym is shadows and the black magic, wine and all liquors and any thing that is related to the "assasination" of mind/consciousness or affect them in a passive sense that leads to hallucination/illusions with synonyms hysteria and delusion respectively .. etc. To sum up, God does not accept anything that is not blessed. This means that he will give no pathway to his spiritual realm to a drunkard or any narcotic drugs addict, hallucination case caused on purose by taking doses of "mind-loosening" LSD or any sort of drinks that cause temporal or permanent madness or one of its aspects of stupidity and shaking of the basal neurons of the brain and the power of the mind. Ayahuaska, or those acts and magic effects of Shamanists ..etc. may lead to perceiving certain illusions and imaginary images, however nothing of the sort would be enlightening though. FAITH, true faith in God (The Almighty) may lead to understanding CONSCIOUSNESS, rather than all 'liquids' and their sisters the "solids" or whatever stuff that may effect on consciousness. This drug or that affects certain neurons whether partially or wholly, another affects them in the roots or at the stem in a certain yet different way. The LSD is not exceptional.“The psychedelic experience thus represents a unique intersection mind, matter,science and mysticism that still defies explanation.”
This concluding quotation of the article is by and large quite acceptable. However, when it comes to its details some parts of its bases become indubitably ramshackle. There is confusion in using certain terms, nonetheless such confusion is common in other similar books/articles, such as “mysticism” understood to include the notion of religions, “God”, “the religious aspect”, and then even magic and “the siriual realm” ..etc. Therefore I would like to seize this opportunity and shed some light on the world of light and enlightenment on the one hand, and the world of the dark and its evil agents on the other: “God” stand in one camp with all that is good and dignified includiing – for example but not limited to-: religion (the true one(s)), the Divine, the spiritual realm- that relates to the Spirit in the good sense whose synonym is the Soul,..etc. In the other camp of terms and related powers comes: The Devil, spirits in the bad evil sense, whose synonym is shadows and the black magic, wine and all liquors and any thing that is related to the “assasination” of mind/consciousness or affect them in a passive sense that leads to hallucination/illusions with synonyms hysteria and delusion respectively .. etc.

To sum up, God does not accept anything that is not blessed. This means that he will give no pathway to his spiritual realm to a drunkard or any narcotic drugs addict, hallucination case caused on purose by taking doses of “mind-loosening” LSD or any sort of drinks that cause temporal or permanent madness or one of its aspects of stupidity and shaking of the basal neurons of the brain and the power of the mind. Ayahuaska, or those acts and magic effects of Shamanists ..etc. may lead to perceiving certain illusions and imaginary images, however nothing of the sort would be enlightening though.

FAITH, true faith in God (The Almighty) may lead to understanding CONSCIOUSNESS, rather than all ‘liquids’ and their sisters the “solids” or whatever stuff that may effect on consciousness. This drug or that affects certain neurons whether partially or
wholly, another affects them in the roots or at the stem in a certain yet different way. The LSD is not exceptional.

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Comment on Voluntary Action by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/09/voluntary-action/comment-page-1/#comment-38259 Abdu "The One"Mon, 16 Apr 2007 09:05:49 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/09/voluntary-action/#comment-38259Due to one reason or another especially environmental factors, a calm surface of a water pool is constantly and automatically moving with some waves expanding or shrinking depending on the power of the effects they are subjected to. If you voluntarily throw a stone in the pool, the effect on the surface water waves will be quite clear for a while after which the movement returns to its automaticity ready as always to interact with any new casual action. Our pool of memory (thoughts;images ..etc.,)is just like the above-mentioned water pool. The stone that is thrown in the pool is just the voluntary action taken as a decision at one's own volition, and its effect on the waves is here the outcome of the interaction with our thoughts. The decision is according to the free will of the Self, and the effect of the action/interaction is of the affair of the Self, the "Observing Self" and belongs to it whether good or bad, an advantage or a disadvantage a pleasure or a displeasure. This is my comment introduced as my hypothesis. The analogy is almost complete, yet I have used the term "pool" relating it temporarily to the memory and its contents, for I intend to use a more accurate never-used-before one in my future writings (if any). In reference to the question in the last paragraph about "the explanatory role of voluntary action" and how to "reconcile with the findings from sciences" I would like to proffer this say: To contribute with a serene position in the above-hypothesized "debate" is to directly describe/express the situation from an introspective perspective. I apply this as much as possible yet equipped withan UNUSUAL phenomenal experience.Due to one reason or another especially environmental factors, a calm surface of a water pool is constantly and automatically moving with some waves expanding or shrinking depending on the power of the effects they are subjected to. If you voluntarily throw a stone in the pool, the effect on the surface water waves will be quite clear for a while after which the movement returns to its automaticity ready as always to interact with any new casual action. Our pool of memory (thoughts;images ..etc.,)is just like the above-mentioned water pool. The stone that is thrown in the pool is just the voluntary action taken as a decision at one’s own volition, and its effect on the waves is here the outcome of the interaction with our thoughts. The decision is according to the free will of the Self, and the effect of the action/interaction is of the affair of the Self, the “Observing Self” and belongs to it whether good or bad, an advantage or a disadvantage a pleasure or a displeasure. This is my comment introduced as my hypothesis. The analogy is almost complete, yet I have used the term “pool” relating it temporarily to the memory and its contents, for I intend to use a more accurate never-used-before one in my future writings (if any).

In reference to the question in the last paragraph about “the explanatory role of voluntary action” and how to “reconcile with
the findings from sciences” I would like to proffer this say: To contribute with a serene position in the above-hypothesized
“debate” is to directly describe/express the situation from an introspective perspective. I apply this as much as possible yet equipped withan UNUSUAL phenomenal experience.

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Comment on Meditation May Increase the Thickness of the Cortex by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/02/meditation-may-increase-the-thickness-of-the-cortex/comment-page-1/#comment-37915 Abdu "The One"Sun, 15 Apr 2007 14:05:07 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/02/meditation-may-increase-the-thickness-of-the-cortex/#comment-37915I wonder why almost all meditation practice researches are restricted on Buddhist monks in particular and Buddhists in general, or on yoga practitioners of the same religion and area/The East. The registered increases in thickness may be attributed to inherited genes, or even to the idea that relates the strength of muscles and even their growing size and to the type of activity to which a certain area/part/membrane of the body is subjcted to including neurons and even their activity outcome or (the 40 Hz Gamma synchrony phenomenon, according to researches conducted by the neuroscientist/anaesthesiologist Dr. Stuart Hameroff on Buddhists, as well). Some organs of the body may shrink due to the lack of use/practice, and the opposite is right. According to Sara Lazar in this interview, her research is only "a first step". She has the intention to carry on/ build on for more prospective findings. There remains the more difficult question: Does thickness of "the gray outer layer" or any increase in cortical thickness or other correlative phenomena have really anything to do with consciousness? This question precedes any thought related to cures/advantages of such resarches, yet we wish this researcher and all others working on consciousness good luck.I wonder why almost all meditation practice researches are restricted on Buddhist monks in particular and Buddhists in general, or on yoga practitioners of the same religion and area/The East. The registered increases in thickness may be attributed to inherited genes, or even to the idea that relates the strength of muscles and even their growing size and to the type of activity to which a certain area/part/membrane of the body is subjcted to including neurons and even their activity outcome or (the 40 Hz Gamma synchrony phenomenon, according to researches conducted by the neuroscientist/anaesthesiologist Dr. Stuart Hameroff on Buddhists, as well). Some organs of the body may shrink due to the lack of use/practice, and the opposite is right.

According to Sara Lazar in this interview, her research is only “a first step”. She has the intention to carry on/ build on for more prospective findings. There remains the more difficult question: Does thickness of “the gray outer layer” or any increase in cortical thickness or other correlative phenomena have really anything to do with consciousness? This question precedes any thought related to cures/advantages of such resarches, yet we wish this researcher and all others working on consciousness good luck.

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Comment on The molecular basis of nicotine addition by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/the-molecular-basis-of-nicotine-addition/comment-page-1/#comment-37733 Abdu "The One"Sun, 15 Apr 2007 05:59:54 +0000http://sci-con.org/2005/12/the-molecular-basis-of-nicotine-addition/#comment-37733I believe that dealing with smoking and nicotine is not going to differ from dealing with anaesthetics, except perhaps, one stuff or another may reach farther areas or effect certain nearer neurons or synapses. The pathways of such chemicals are likely to be the same, although successful specifying the areas targetted by the nicotine may help to cure nicotininc addiction. I could see the main difference between exploring on the nicotine and exploring on anaesthetics, in that the former calims the effect on only "one nicotinic receptor subunit" a merit over the latter whic is unlikely to have effect on one "one receptor subtype or one mode of inhibition or decoupling." We hope to hear more of the results of such a reasearch.I believe that dealing with smoking and nicotine is not going to differ from dealing with anaesthetics, except perhaps, one stuff or another may reach farther areas or effect certain nearer neurons or synapses. The pathways of such chemicals are likely to be the same, although successful specifying the areas targetted by the nicotine may help to cure nicotininc addiction.

I could see the main difference between exploring on the nicotine and exploring on anaesthetics, in that the former calims the effect on only “one nicotinic receptor subunit” a merit over the latter whic is unlikely to have effect on one “one receptor subtype or one mode of inhibition or decoupling.” We hope to hear more of the results of such a reasearch.

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Comment on Use of Virtual Reality in an fMRI study of mentalizing by Janiece http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/comment-page-1/#comment-37669 JanieceSun, 15 Apr 2007 02:45:48 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/#comment-37669What an odd comment! So research that is based on anything that "plugs in" is worthless, dangerous, and false? Skip, I think you were too gracious, you need to back it up to the 19th century...What an odd comment! So research that is based on anything that “plugs in” is worthless, dangerous, and false? Skip, I think you were too gracious, you need to back it up to the 19th century… ]]>Comment on Use of Virtual Reality in an fMRI study of mentalizing by Skip Rizzo http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/comment-page-1/#comment-37496 Skip RizzoSat, 14 Apr 2007 17:59:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/#comment-37496In response to Rudolf, Virtual Reality has evolved over the last 10-15 years, such that we can use it to provide the type controlled stimulus environment that is needed to conduct "tight" scientific brain behaviour research in ways not possible without this technology. Your assessment of the technology and the scientific data presented indicates that your thinking is still trapped in the 20th Century. I suggest you learn more about this area before you make uninformed comments evaluating the worth or potential danger of this type of research.In response to Rudolf, Virtual Reality has evolved over the last 10-15 years, such that we can use it to provide the type controlled stimulus environment that is needed to conduct “tight” scientific brain behaviour research in ways not possible without this technology. Your assessment of the technology and the scientific data presented indicates that your thinking is still trapped in the 20th Century. I suggest you learn more about this area before you make uninformed comments evaluating the worth or potential danger of this type of research. ]]>Comment on How the body shapes the mind – An interview with Shaun Gallagher by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/01/how-the-body-shapes-the-mind-an-interview-with-shaun-gallagher/comment-page-1/#comment-37368 Abdu "The One"Sat, 14 Apr 2007 10:58:30 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/01/how-the-body-shapes-the-mind-an-interview-with-shaun-gallagher/#comment-37368I told my friend to stop talking immediately,"please". He said," "I just want to say one more sentence and finish."Not one more letter,please." I said,"Keep silent",I added. I know the sentence which you were about to say, I am going to write it down on this piece of paper, and put it turned over on the table between us." Now tell me that sentence (idea) you were about to speak."He told me. I told him that he can now read aloud the sentence I had written on the paper. It was just amazing!:It is exactly the same. Beacuse this occasionally happens with me in different situations, I started to add some improvement on this phenomenal experience, viz: writing the sentence/idea on a piece of paper. That is because people forget what they have just said, being dishonest or even liars almost always. To me the worst of all is their being liars due to their immediate feeling of jealousy/envy in the worst sense: why they should acknowledge a merit that I enjoy(or anybody on earth), while it becomes abruptly a demerit on their part. Each of them expresses it up to his own way e.g: "I did not say what he did exactly but I said so and so ...etc."I would be very happy if I can find somebody saying the truth, or remembers what has been just said. In sum, I believe that this phenomenal experience can be attributed to some power/intelligence related to prediction and that it is built logically in the unconsious: It is something that has reached consciousness just ripe/ready before the usually expected time. This kind of pre-knowledge makes me impatient when the other party insists to carry on talking until he finishes, because I know it all. For me, it becomes killing to listen to one introducing things, he believes to be new, whereas for me it is only a repetition i.e, aprediction/forknowledge., a torture that eats/consumes much of our relationship, Exceptionally my parents- due to my great love for them. I agree with those who hypothesize that neurons activity lies beyond this kind of predictory knowledge: at a higher-order, dealing with various levels of information.I told my friend to stop talking immediately,”please”. He said,” “I just want to say one more sentence and finish.”Not one more letter,please.” I said,”Keep silent”,I added. I know the sentence which you were about to say, I am going to write it down on this piece of paper, and put it turned over on the table between us.” Now tell me that sentence (idea) you were about to speak.”He told me. I told him that he can now read aloud the sentence I had written on the paper. It was just amazing!:It is exactly the same.

Beacuse this occasionally happens with me in different situations, I started to add some improvement on this phenomenal experience, viz: writing the sentence/idea on a piece of paper. That is because people forget what they have just said, being dishonest or even liars almost always. To me the worst of all is their being liars due to their immediate feeling of jealousy/envy in the worst sense: why they should acknowledge a merit that I enjoy(or anybody on earth), while it becomes abruptly a demerit on their part. Each of them expresses it up to his own way e.g: “I did not say what he did exactly but I said so and so …etc.”I would be very happy if I can find somebody saying the truth, or remembers what has been just said.

In sum, I believe that this phenomenal experience can be attributed to some power/intelligence related to prediction and that it is built logically in the unconsious: It is something that has reached consciousness just ripe/ready before the usually expected time. This kind of pre-knowledge makes me impatient when the other party insists to carry on talking until he finishes, because I know it all. For me, it becomes killing to listen to one introducing things, he believes to be new, whereas for me it is only a repetition i.e, aprediction/forknowledge., a torture that eats/consumes much of our relationship, Exceptionally my parents- due to my great love for them.

I agree with those who hypothesize that neurons activity lies beyond this kind of predictory knowledge: at a higher-order, dealing with various levels of information.

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Comment on Studying the wandering mind by Anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/studying-the-wandering-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-36114 AnonymousThu, 12 Apr 2007 10:33:48 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/studying-the-wandering-mind/#comment-36114this is so truethis is so true ]]>Comment on Cerebellum on emotions by Nubia http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/cerebellum-on-emotions/comment-page-1/#comment-35872 NubiaWed, 11 Apr 2007 22:43:03 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/cerebellum-on-emotions/#comment-35872Very interesting topic.I make me understand more about the consequences of the cerebellum inguries and how important it is for decision making.These data also is going to help me with my homework. Thank youVery interesting topic.I make me understand more about the consequences of the cerebellum inguries and how important it is for decision making.These data also is going to help me with my homework. Thank you ]]>Comment on The Global Brainweb by anon http://sciconrev.org/2003/09/the-global-brainweb/comment-page-1/#comment-35760 anonWed, 11 Apr 2007 18:23:32 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/09/the-global-brainweb/#comment-35760<i>"Praise to thee, you who created consciousness in man, praise only to you God (The Almighty)."</i> (PBUH) ?“Praise to thee, you who created consciousness in man, praise only to you God (The Almighty).”

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Comment on “Synaptic Self. How our brains become who we are" by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/07/%e2%80%9csynaptic-self-how-our-brains-become-who-we-are/comment-page-1/#comment-35624 Abdu "The One"Wed, 11 Apr 2007 12:44:55 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/07/%e2%80%9csynaptic-self-how-our-brains-become-who-we-are/#comment-35624The Self is a great creation, and thus it follows that describing it with an adjective like "Synaptic" is actually incompatibly degrading to the Self and falls too short from its grandeur, in a structural sense, being partly a spiritual entity. Synapses and all bits and parts from the largest to the finest including both the physical and the mental, and within the same sickle comes mind itself, are just servers doing their best to work/function for their QUEEN SELF. You see dear what adjectival nouns I have just used for the Self, however the Self itself may degrade or upgrade depending on its choice of good or evil desires/intentions when there is choice within its reach/knowledge. Dear Ramsoey, before I bid you adieu, I'd like to discuss your sentence:"This means that the Self usually denotes a mental phenomenon, something that is only internally observable." Wow,for the term:"internally observable". This denotes an introspective gesture, which is , in my opinion, a merit.But actually the question lays itself before you dear good questioner of neuroscientists working on consciousness: Is it really internally obsevable?(Nature of observation). I mean you have said "observable". I suppose you mean mentally/imaginatively observable or, or, or anything in any sense except one. Okay, Ramsoey, if you avoid providing us with your answer to my question, soon I will provide one.The Self is a great creation, and thus it follows that describing it with an adjective like “Synaptic” is actually incompatibly degrading to the Self and falls too short from its grandeur, in a structural sense, being partly a spiritual entity. Synapses and all bits and parts from the largest to the finest including both the physical and the mental, and within the same sickle comes mind itself, are just servers doing their best to work/function for their QUEEN SELF. You see dear what adjectival nouns I have just used for the Self, however the Self itself may degrade or upgrade depending on its choice of good or evil desires/intentions when there is choice within its reach/knowledge.

Dear Ramsoey, before I bid you adieu, I’d like to discuss your sentence:”This means that the Self usually denotes a mental phenomenon, something that is only internally observable.” Wow,for the term:”internally observable”. This denotes an introspective gesture, which is , in my opinion, a merit.But actually the question lays itself before you dear good questioner of neuroscientists working on consciousness: Is it really internally obsevable?(Nature of observation). I mean you have said “observable”. I suppose you mean mentally/imaginatively observable or, or, or anything in any sense except one. Okay, Ramsoey, if you avoid providing us with your answer to my question, soon I will provide one.

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Comment on The Global Brainweb by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/09/the-global-brainweb/comment-page-1/#comment-35472 Abdu "The One"Wed, 11 Apr 2007 09:06:51 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/09/the-global-brainweb/#comment-354721. The first paragraph of this update says: 'Large-scale computer architectures show "limited capacity" 'when information flows..'' due to lack of consciousness. Man, definitely shall never be surpassed by his inventions including, at the top of the list,the most sophisticated computer. Praise to thee, you who created consciousness in man, praise only to you God (The Almighty). * Table 1. "Consciousness enables access to 'Self'"- That's it, Baars : THIS IS THE MILLION EURO HYPOTHESIS. * Table 2. The term: "concsious content", when it comes to palatability & unpalability criterion, it is, frankly speaking, unpalatable, whereas Dehaene & Naccache,2001, used a "conscious state"; Damasio,1989, "contents of consciousness". I maean contents are not themselves conscious, and cannot be. In the Quran God used this word metaohorcally, more than once: "consious ears" to mean: to be heard and understood by "consious ears" the required perfect understanding, so by using the adjective 'consious' with a 'sense' he wants to tell that mechanical hearing and such automaticity in the work of senses is not all that is required from such super creatures like man who are endowed with the mind marvel. Man is supposed to not only hear and /or see just like animals which are not equipped with'consious mind'/consciousness. He is supposed to use his mind that leads to the 'Conscious Self' if it chooses to be conscious.All affairs/qualia ..etc, should be absorbed fully by a 'conscious self'.If all senses function well, a really 'conscious self" will be the indisputably absolute outcome. Under the title: " A Theatre Metaphor...",comes the first paragraph:"Like other cognitive architectures. ... .The rest of the theatre is dark and unconscious". The thatre metaphor is just admirable in almost all details prticularly those found in this quoted paragraph. I wonder how could 'anger' and 'fear' facial expressions are recognized by only the visual system. What about the auditory one? Doesn't it function the same way. What happens to you if it happens that the lion under your bed roars just a little roar,or stands up carrying you and your bed: the touch sense(the tactile system), or you may even imagine the 'olfactory system' functioning: you are walking alone in the dark and the gentle breeze begins to change and fill in with hyenas smell. "... spatial maps, which are not themselves objects of consciousness, but which are required to shape every conscious visual event." Bravo, Baars, but I just wonder about the great efforts exerted by man in his reasearch and endeavors to aquire such details of real knowledge. Good bye, Baars.1. The first paragraph of this update says: ‘Large-scale computer architectures show “limited capacity” ‘when information flows..”
due to lack of consciousness. Man, definitely shall never be surpassed by his inventions including, at the top of the list,the
most sophisticated computer. Praise to thee, you who created consciousness in man, praise only to you God (The Almighty).

* Table 1. “Consciousness enables access to ‘Self’”- That’s it, Baars :
THIS IS THE MILLION EURO HYPOTHESIS.
* Table 2. The term: “concsious content”, when it comes to palatability & unpalability criterion, it is, frankly speaking, unpalatable, whereas Dehaene & Naccache,2001, used a “conscious state”; Damasio,1989, “contents of consciousness”. I maean contents are not themselves conscious, and cannot be. In the Quran God used this word metaohorcally, more than once: “consious ears” to mean: to be heard and understood by “consious ears” the required perfect understanding, so by using the adjective ‘consious’ with a ‘sense’ he wants to tell that mechanical hearing and such automaticity in the work of senses is not all that is required from such super creatures like man who are endowed with the mind marvel. Man is supposed to not only hear and /or see just like animals which are not equipped with’consious mind’/consciousness. He is supposed to use his mind that leads to the ‘Conscious Self’ if it chooses to be conscious.All affairs/qualia ..etc, should be absorbed fully by a ‘conscious self’.If all senses function well, a really ‘conscious self” will be the indisputably absolute outcome.

Under the title: ” A Theatre Metaphor…”,comes the first paragraph:”Like other cognitive architectures. … .The rest of the theatre is dark and unconscious”. The thatre metaphor is just admirable in almost all details prticularly those found in this quoted paragraph.

I wonder how could ‘anger’ and ‘fear’ facial expressions are recognized by only the visual system. What about the auditory one? Doesn’t it function the same way. What happens to you if it happens that the lion under your bed roars just a little roar,or stands up carrying you and your bed: the touch sense(the tactile system), or you may even imagine the ‘olfactory system’ functioning: you are walking alone in the dark and the gentle breeze begins to change and fill in with hyenas smell.

“… spatial maps, which are not themselves objects of consciousness, but which are required to shape every conscious visual event.” Bravo, Baars, but I just wonder about the great efforts exerted by man in his reasearch and endeavors to aquire such details of real knowledge.
Good bye, Baars.

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Comment on Pointing the quest in the proper direction by paxil http://sciconrev.org/2005/03/pointing-the-quest-in-the-proper-direction/comment-page-1/#comment-35246 paxilWed, 11 Apr 2007 02:09:05 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/03/pointing-the-quest-in-the-proper-direction/#comment-35246<strong>paxil...</strong> eg suoqi...paxil…

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Comment on The Memory Prediction Theater by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/08/the-memory-prediction-theater/comment-page-1/#comment-34803 Abdu "The One"Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:42:18 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/08/the-memory-prediction-theater/#comment-34803The analogy of a theatre building and all accessories necessary for a successful performance is really a good choice. However, the analogy may not fully serve the purpose, since some of the details just can't fit. Originally an analogy, I suppose, is meant to make a difficult/ complicated idea easy to understand. What happened here actually is more than drawing on the same original drawing. Why then doesn't one draw his own drawing if it would contain more details than an original one, or is it honesty that compells one to acknowledge other's work only via this more complicating way particularly in our subject which is in itself most mysterious (The "hard" or even to Koch the "hardest Problem"). Let us see how many thatres we have got here: Barrs',Hawkins', and Carpenter's. Furthermore we have got Carpenter's "movie screen" which actually requires a "special building" a complete cinema project, however he annexed it together with his amendments to "Baars' building". It seems that those investors are coerced to be copartner, without even negotiating on what basis profits/payments may be settled among them. Presumably Baars may fairly/justifiably take the lion's share being the first to lay the cornerstone of the first edifice. There is one point I would like to draw the attention to: The audience of the theatres as shown above are made not to watch as audience usually do but to act, (actors resembling the activated neurons). They have to play their roles presumably by leaving their seats and moving to the stage where the spotlight is. To make the audience partially act is a well-known idea. It reminds me of Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" where some of the actors have to penetrate the audience,sit among them, and from time to time one or more may shout a sentence about Antonio: What is this man saying about Brutus? or after hearing something aboput the will: "Read the will". It seems that Caesar was kindhearted for his weeping for the poor or generous..etc. Some fittings simply does not fit in our new thetres, yet the idea of the theatre remains powerful, but the notion of too many theatres and cinemas together are just making the sandwich components no longer edible. By the way I wil soon introduce a new theory to be called ("RRR")and I actually prefer to use similar analogies, yet the theatre one is excluded.The analogy of a theatre building and all accessories necessary for a successful performance is really a good choice. However, the analogy may not fully serve the purpose, since some of the details just can’t fit. Originally an analogy, I suppose, is meant to make a difficult/ complicated idea easy to understand. What happened here actually is more than drawing on the same original drawing. Why then doesn’t one draw his own drawing if it would contain more details than an original one, or is it honesty that compells one to acknowledge other’s work only via this more complicating way particularly in our subject which is in itself most mysterious (The “hard” or even to Koch the “hardest Problem”). Let us see how many thatres we have got here: Barrs’,Hawkins’, and Carpenter’s. Furthermore we have got Carpenter’s “movie screen” which actually requires a “special building” a complete cinema project, however he annexed it together with his amendments to “Baars’ building”. It seems that those investors are coerced to be copartner, without even negotiating on what basis profits/payments may be settled among them. Presumably Baars may fairly/justifiably take the lion’s share being the first to lay the cornerstone of the first edifice.

There is one point I would like to draw the attention to: The audience of the theatres as shown above are made not to watch as audience usually do but to act, (actors resembling the activated neurons). They have to play their roles presumably by leaving their seats and moving to the stage where the spotlight is. To make the audience partially act is a well-known idea. It reminds me of Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” where some of the actors have to penetrate the audience,sit among them, and from time to time one or more may shout a sentence about Antonio: What is this man saying about Brutus? or after hearing something aboput the will: “Read the will”. It seems that Caesar was kindhearted for his weeping for the poor or generous..etc. Some fittings simply does not fit in our new thetres, yet the idea of the theatre remains powerful, but the notion of too many theatres and cinemas together are just making the sandwich components no longer edible. By the way I wil soon introduce a new theory to be called (“RRR”)and I actually prefer to use similar analogies, yet the theatre one is excluded.

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Comment on Exploding the 10 percent myth by This article is a no-brainer « Mysterious Universe http://sciconrev.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/comment-page-1/#comment-34413 This article is a no-brainer « Mysterious UniverseTue, 10 Apr 2007 01:46:01 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/#comment-34413[...] Alternative Science: Is your brain really necessary? Science & Conscousness Review: Exploding the 10 percent myth Flat Rock: Where is Consciousness? I’ve lost it! (recommended read, for more information [...][...] Alternative Science: Is your brain really necessary? Science & Conscousness Review: Exploding the 10 percent myth Flat Rock: Where is Consciousness? I’ve lost it! (recommended read, for more information [...] ]]>Comment on Evolution and autism by Prof Hilary Janks http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/evolution-and-autism/comment-page-1/#comment-34284 Prof Hilary JanksMon, 09 Apr 2007 20:51:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/evolution-and-autism/#comment-34284Please send me a copy of this paper - which is no longer on the web. Thanks.Please send me a copy of this paper – which is no longer on the web.
Thanks. ]]>
Comment on "The Illusion of Conscious Will", by DM Wegner by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/the-illusion-of-conscious-will-by-dm-wegner/comment-page-1/#comment-34045 Abdu "The One"Mon, 09 Apr 2007 12:42:54 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/the-illusion-of-conscious-will-by-dm-wegner/#comment-34045The "conscious will" I hypothtize, is not, in any sense, an illusion. Therefore it follows that it is in no way penetrable and subsequently no enlightenment can be rationally expected except by a reversal of the hypothesis : that the SELF is really in control, in chrge of, and morally responsible for all actions taken due to its decisions, having into account that some actions may be taken in virtue of decisions that the Self has no hand in. The question then may plausibly be asked: Which actions is the Self responsible for and which ones is this 'Absolute Queen' not responsible for?? The answer is: It is resposible for what it knows ( such as choosing to pray or to drink; choosing to say the truth or choosing to lie), and it is not responsible for what it does not (such as its birth, death, and marriage and all affairs related to metaphysics to begin with : What is going to happen tomorrow? To admit this, in the first place, is the beginning of real enlightenment and CONSCIOUSNESS.The “conscious will” I hypothtize, is not, in any sense, an illusion. Therefore it follows that it is in no way penetrable and subsequently no enlightenment can be rationally expected except by a reversal of the hypothesis : that the SELF is really in control, in chrge of, and morally responsible for all actions taken due to its decisions, having into account that some actions may be taken in virtue of decisions that the Self has no hand in. The question then may plausibly be asked: Which actions is the Self responsible for and which ones is this ‘Absolute Queen’ not responsible for?? The answer is: It is resposible for what it knows ( such as choosing to pray or to drink; choosing to say the truth or choosing to lie), and it is not responsible for what it does not (such as its birth, death, and marriage and all affairs related to metaphysics to begin with : What is going to happen tomorrow? To admit this, in the first place, is the beginning of real enlightenment and CONSCIOUSNESS. ]]>Comment on Empty mind — a brain disorder? by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-33952 Abdu "The One"Mon, 09 Apr 2007 10:12:58 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/#comment-33952"Maybe it should be called Standby Disorder". No, I argue that it should not for the following reason: I usually sleep from seven to eight hours, and I never needed to be a wakened by anybody or even anything to go to school or, then, to work. There were many a time when I hear a familiar or unfamiliar voice or sound like the bell of the school/clock ..etc. urging me to awake. More than once I heard my somebody calling me by my first/nickname :"Abdu" and I immediately awake just on orat least in time. Maybe we should call it Sleep Aboutness : the sleep cycle/circuit is about to come to its full: It is very similar to normal sleep but something, any move, gesture, signal or perceiveable reminder may count to put one (the sleeper/unconscious) back to consciousness. The analogy of the city that has nothing wrong except that "blocking traffic artery" is a successful one with all its details. It is much better this time,Baars, than that unswallowable- "at least for me" one of the "shopping Center". Finally, may I ask how one can know that "AAD have much peace of mind"? I mean if this is testable, I do propose this be tested. After all,"Such tragic cases can help us learn about consciousness." Thank you. As regards the comment above no.(1), I wish that this 16 years old female bud not to consider that her "head is metaphorically empty". First of all, how could she know or how could anybody know? I hope that you are capable of dreaming because dreaming includes thinking and sometimes even logical thinking. I suppose you must have read or heard something about lucid dreaming. Dreaming includes thinking. I can confirm that even sleeping begins with thinking and carries on doing so thinking, thinking, and thinking until one is falling in deep sleep having still part of the thinking in pictures viz dreams. Good luck in your research and may God help you.“Maybe it should be called Standby Disorder”. No, I argue that it should not for the following reason: I usually sleep from seven to eight hours, and I never needed to be a wakened by anybody or even anything to go to school or, then, to work. There were many a time when I hear a familiar or unfamiliar voice or sound like the bell of the school/clock ..etc. urging me to awake. More than once I heard my somebody calling me by my first/nickname :”Abdu” and I immediately awake just on orat least in time.

Maybe we should call it Sleep Aboutness : the sleep cycle/circuit is about to come to its full: It is very similar to normal sleep but something, any move, gesture, signal or perceiveable reminder may count to put one (the sleeper/unconscious) back to consciousness.

The analogy of the city that has nothing wrong except that “blocking traffic artery” is a successful one with all its details. It is much better this time,Baars, than that unswallowable- “at least for me” one of the “shopping Center”.

Finally, may I ask how one can know that “AAD have much peace of mind”? I mean if this is testable, I do propose this be tested. After all,”Such tragic cases can help us learn about consciousness.” Thank you.

As regards the comment above no.(1), I wish that this 16 years old female bud not to consider that her “head is metaphorically empty”. First of all, how could she know or how could anybody know? I hope that you are capable of dreaming because dreaming includes thinking and sometimes even logical thinking. I suppose you must have read or heard something about lucid dreaming. Dreaming includes thinking. I can confirm that even sleeping begins with thinking and carries on doing so thinking, thinking, and thinking until one is falling in deep sleep having still part of the thinking in pictures viz dreams. Good luck in your research and may God help you.

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Comment on Consciousness Science 2002: past, present, and future. by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/consciousness-science-2002-past-present-and-future/comment-page-1/#comment-33881 Abdu "The One"Mon, 09 Apr 2007 08:18:25 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/consciousness-science-2002-past-present-and-future/#comment-33881This article shows its writer's love and dedication to consciousness science. The role of our SCR is also highly appreciated by him, and urged this website journal to continue rendering its services to those concerned of both specialists and laymen. His 'behaviophobia'-if I may coin this term, is felt to be like a snake circumambient or rather extending: its "ugly head" may show up a "decade" ahead where its tail a few"while"(s) back. Although Revonsuo's article has no mention of those international conference held on consciousness such as "Quantum Mind 2007", and the other co-sponsored by Tucson's organized ones "Towards a Science of Consciousness", he must be, I suppose,not less than me, one of their staunch supporters. Philosophy, Revonsuo, is, as you know, a nondisciplinary "discipline" of science that can never, in any sense be regular/unified or subject to regulations, formats or even any kind of disciplined discipline. It follows that you may take any of its theories for application in your work/research if you need its guidance, but still you can't call others to stick to one of those philosophical or theoretical/speculative thories to unify consciousness research. If you do not let this be free, it will remain so(free) for choice, as it has always been.This article shows its writer’s love and dedication to consciousness science. The role of our SCR is also highly appreciated by him, and urged this website journal to continue rendering its services to those concerned of both specialists and laymen. His ‘behaviophobia’-if I may coin this term, is felt to be like a snake circumambient or rather extending: its “ugly head” may show up a “decade” ahead where its tail a few”while”(s) back. Although Revonsuo’s article has no mention of those international conference held on consciousness such as “Quantum Mind 2007″, and the other co-sponsored by Tucson’s organized ones
“Towards a Science of Consciousness”, he must be, I suppose,not less than me, one of their staunch supporters.

Philosophy, Revonsuo, is, as you know, a nondisciplinary
“discipline” of science that can never, in any sense be regular/unified or subject to regulations, formats or even any kind of disciplined discipline. It follows that you may take any of its theories for application in your work/research if you need its guidance, but still you can’t call others to stick to one of those philosophical or theoretical/speculative thories to unify consciousness research. If you do not let this be free, it will remain so(free) for choice, as it has always been.

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Comment on Touching what is out there by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/touching-what-is-out-there/comment-page-1/#comment-33844 Abdu "The One"Mon, 09 Apr 2007 06:17:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/touching-what-is-out-there/#comment-33844The last paragragh is concluded with: ": they must be phenomenal events that take place within the confines [of] the virtual reality of consciousness." The problem whether the universe itself has "confines" is not solved yet. Similarly, I think that the virtual reality may not have any "confines", and even if it is proposed that it has, there still remains how vast that virtual reality is and where we can lay demarcations of consciousness especially when we find our heads colliding with the walls of the idea of connectivity or "connectedness" of consciousness. Furthermore, there is the obstacle of "The Theory of Mind", or say the other wall in a series proposed for our next head collision. Virtual reality of consciousness can better be thought of as that "computer-generated" world/space in "Matrix" film where "The One" (Not the real one: I mean not me)does some Karate execrsises.The last paragragh is concluded with: “: they must be phenomenal events that take place within the confines [of] the virtual reality of consciousness.” The problem whether the universe itself has “confines” is not solved yet. Similarly, I think that the virtual reality may not have any “confines”, and even if it is proposed that it has, there still remains how vast that virtual reality is and where we can lay demarcations of consciousness especially when we find our heads colliding with the walls of the idea of connectivity or “connectedness” of consciousness. Furthermore, there is the obstacle of “The Theory of Mind”, or say the other wall in a series proposed for our next head collision.

Virtual reality of consciousness can better be thought of as that “computer-generated” world/space in “Matrix” film where “The One” (Not the real one: I mean not me)does some Karate execrsises.

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Comment on Changing of escaping the self by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/01/changing-of-escaping-the-self/comment-page-1/#comment-33440 Abdu "The One"Sun, 08 Apr 2007 12:27:49 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/01/changing-of-escaping-the-self/#comment-33440The article starts with two important questions, and the writer exerted efforts to conduct the relevant studies and furnish us with a list of celebrities who resorted to alcohol abuse or other more lethal stuffs or even accelarated the desired outcome of committing suicide. Concentration on the "negative discripancey" discovered by those self aware people: between their "real" selves and "ideal" selves is quite noticeable. Today I read in a newspaper that one hundred fifty (150) poets have committed suicide in the 20th century. I suppose that most of these poets, if not all, have nothing to do with discripancey in the negative, but to other reasons like: absurdity of life with lack of faith in God, looking at life from a certain perspective that shows disadvantages overweigh the advantages to an ubearable extent, fear of old age and feeling of loneliness: who would take care of them when their faculties begin to detoriorate, and many other reasons, beliefs, principles that would encourage them to choose a "clean less-tormenting sort of death" chosen of one's own volition. Only faith in God and belief in the afterworld may stop certain suicidal intentions. Committing suicide is a subjective experience that whatever information available about any case should never be trusted, even if the person who intends to commit it tells you the reason(s)is the immediate direct source: He just wants that a certain reason to be known/ published or spread and be considered as the only one reason that motivated himm to kill himself. There could be other reasons rather than infidelity of his love, but he just adapts to serve a certain desire may be to show off with it. Other reasons could be a pain, a disease, a scandal ..etc. however he does not want it to be known: He wants simply to die and and his secret(S) be buried with him. The self is too deep to understand. As for the conclusion of the above article: People are buisy, too busy to deal with questionnairs to serve a study especially celebrities who think themselves belong to a different world that is void of studies and that studies belong to our world that should only be busy in learning how to appreciate them and their "art", love them and clap for them.The article starts with two important questions, and the writer exerted efforts to conduct the relevant studies and furnish us with a list of celebrities who resorted to alcohol abuse or other more lethal stuffs or even accelarated the desired outcome of committing suicide. Concentration on the “negative discripancey” discovered by those self aware people: between their “real” selves and “ideal” selves is quite noticeable.

Today I read in a newspaper that one hundred fifty (150) poets have committed suicide in the 20th century. I suppose that most of these poets, if not all, have nothing to do with discripancey in the negative, but to other reasons like: absurdity of life with lack of faith in God, looking at life from a certain perspective that shows disadvantages overweigh the advantages to an ubearable extent, fear of old age and feeling of loneliness: who would take care of them when their faculties begin to detoriorate, and many other reasons, beliefs, principles that would encourage them to choose a “clean less-tormenting sort of death” chosen of one’s own volition. Only faith in God and belief in the afterworld may stop certain suicidal intentions.

Committing suicide is a subjective experience that whatever information available about any case should never be trusted, even if the person who intends to commit it tells you the reason(s)is the immediate direct source: He just wants that a certain reason to be known/ published or spread and be considered as the only one reason that motivated himm to kill himself. There could be other reasons rather than infidelity of his love, but he just adapts to serve a certain desire may be to show off with it. Other reasons could be a pain, a disease, a scandal ..etc. however he does not want it to be known: He wants simply to die and and his secret(S) be buried with him. The self is too deep to understand.

As for the conclusion of the above article: People are buisy, too busy to deal with questionnairs to serve a study especially celebrities who think themselves belong to a different world that is void of studies and that studies belong to our world that should only be busy in learning how to appreciate them and their “art”, love them and clap for them.

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Comment on Consciousness Lost: The lightning storm of seizures by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/01/consciousness-lost-the-lightning-storm-of-seizures/comment-page-1/#comment-33346 Abdu "The One"Sun, 08 Apr 2007 09:11:50 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/01/consciousness-lost-the-lightning-storm-of-seizures/#comment-33346Norden & Blumenfeld no mention whatsoever of lightning or any of its correlates in their abstract as rendered to us above. However Ramsoy's article is full of "lightning"/index.html"fire bursts"/_other_shades_of_relevant_meanings/synonymes_and_similes/index.html"as a massive electrical storm, with high peaks and valleys of lightning spreading throughout the brain" describing the devastating epileptic state. I actually admire his mention of lightning even though no body could ever "see" or perceive in any way that proposed lightning on site. All those who best know some of this terrible phenomenon symptoms/behavioral condition can only go their EEG systems to gauge the electrical activity of the seizure, compare the indicator's signals, compare and finish the study may be with some unconsciousness timings and a proposal for further follow up, and more gauging. The above picture which shows lightning in red glowing outside the two brains rectangular peripheral, leaving the blue color to dominate the brains themselves and of course the center is white being the base of firing. The white is surrounded with sky blue and then fascinting enough, as far as science concerned, the ultraviolet (the mixture outcome of the outer red and the inner blue). Can't we think/ hopoe for of a system that may show us such lightning as internally physical lightning and not only signals on the system monitor? Can't light be detectable without/with a bulb connected with the inflammed area (infected with epilepsy) or any other disease or state causing unconsciousness? To think inmore epirical ways let us explore the location/ and all other aspects and correlates of consciousness, especially the power/ effective function of neural activity. Have we got any other alternatives? Good luck.Norden & Blumenfeld no mention whatsoever of lightning or any of its correlates in their abstract as rendered to us above. However Ramsoy’s article is full of “lightning”/”fire bursts”/ other shades of relevant meanings/synonymes and similes:”as a massive electrical storm, with high peaks and valleys of lightning spreading throughout the brain” describing the devastating epileptic state. I actually admire his mention of lightning even though no body could ever “see” or perceive in any way that proposed lightning on site. All those who best know some of this terrible phenomenon symptoms/behavioral condition can only go their EEG systems to gauge the electrical activity of the seizure, compare the indicator’s signals, compare and finish the study may be with some unconsciousness timings and a proposal for further follow up, and more gauging. The above picture which shows lightning in red glowing outside the two brains rectangular peripheral, leaving the blue color to dominate the brains themselves and of course the center is white being the base of firing. The white is surrounded with sky blue and then fascinting enough, as far as science concerned, the ultraviolet (the mixture outcome of the outer red and the inner blue).
Can’t we think/ hopoe for of a system that may show us such lightning as internally physical lightning and not only signals on the system monitor? Can’t light be detectable without/with a
bulb connected with the inflammed area (infected with epilepsy) or any other disease or state causing unconsciousness? To think inmore epirical ways let us explore the location/ and all other aspects and correlates of consciousness, especially the power/ effective function of neural activity. Have we got any other alternatives? Good luck. ]]>
Comment on Unconscious states cast light on consciousness by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/01/unconscious-states-cast-light-on-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-33226 Abdu "The One"Sun, 08 Apr 2007 05:50:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/01/unconscious-states-cast-light-on-consciousness/#comment-33226Sherrington's calling consciousness the "integrative activity of the nervous system" may be only partially true. If one suddenly loses his ability to see for one reason or another, and the entire visual system is completely out of work, then this would mean that only a part of consciousness is disenabled. Another part relevant, for instance to the sense of hearing, may be lost as well, as a result of an injury/accident or even one is born deaf. Hence how can we talk about consciousness as the "integrative activity of the nervous system"? The nervous system can be intact in one area, and defective in another and so functioning very well in the former and malfunctioning in the latter without any side effects on consciousness except as a whole. This could mean that every and each sense has its own neural group specialized in functioning to attain a certain goal: Perception of the furnished information. In Contrast, all, most or some sensory systems may be working and consciousness is lost (consider the PVS). One stroke, one certain epileptic seizure, or one abrupt knock on the head may cause temporary fainting or even permanent loss of consciousness. What nature, location, connectivity, ... etc. does consciousness have? Keep wondering, ... and exploring, man!Sherrington’s calling consciousness the “integrative activity of the nervous system” may be only partially true. If one suddenly loses his ability to see for one reason or another, and the entire visual system is completely out of work, then this would mean that only a part of consciousness is disenabled. Another part relevant, for instance to the sense of hearing, may be lost as well, as a result of an injury/accident or even one is born deaf. Hence how can we talk about consciousness as the “integrative activity of the nervous system”? The nervous system can be intact in one area, and defective in another and so functioning very well in the former and malfunctioning in the latter without any side effects on consciousness except as a whole. This could mean that every and each sense has its own neural group specialized in functioning to attain a certain goal: Perception of the furnished information. In Contrast, all, most or some sensory systems may be working and consciousness is lost (consider the PVS). One stroke, one certain epileptic seizure, or one abrupt knock on the head may cause temporary fainting or even permanent loss of consciousness. What nature, location, connectivity, … etc. does consciousness have? Keep wondering, … and exploring, man! ]]>Comment on Automaticity, unconsciousness and speech production by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/automaticity-unconsciousness-and-speech-production/comment-page-1/#comment-32643 Abdu "The One"Sat, 07 Apr 2007 12:43:04 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/automaticity-unconsciousness-and-speech-production/#comment-32643There is automaticity in all senses functions. The senses perform their work of which only a part may cross what is called/proposed "the threshold of consciousness". This means that one is only conscious of what is termed "neural coalitions" that may successfully arrive in the targetted area (destination). The other part is "certainly", as far as I believe, registered in the brain even if one is not conscious of its existence. One sometimes may hear a particular/ familiar/ unfamialiar voice/sound calling/giving a signal/ ordering him to awake from sleep at the right moment in the morning. For example the voice of his son, the sound of a bell or his boss's 'harsh' voice, may be heard by him and really put him to the awakeninig state. One, may utter certain sounds or even talk while asleep or not, and he may hear it or may not and people around him may hear such utterances or may not. I confirm there is automaticity in the work of the senses whether one is conscious of their registration inside his mind or not. I do not find it a strange phenomenon if words start to flow automatically and unconsciously from somebody's mouth whether in health or disease, comatose, or any of the altered states particularly the vegetative.There is automaticity in all senses functions. The senses perform their work of which only a part may cross what is called/proposed
“the threshold of consciousness”. This means that one is only conscious of what is termed “neural coalitions” that may successfully arrive in the targetted area (destination). The other part is “certainly”, as far as I believe, registered in the brain even if one is not conscious of its existence. One sometimes may hear a particular/ familiar/ unfamialiar voice/sound calling/giving a signal/ ordering him to awake from sleep at the right moment in the morning. For example the voice of his son, the sound of a bell or his boss’s ‘harsh’ voice, may be heard by him and really put him to the awakeninig state. One, may utter certain sounds or even talk while asleep or not, and he may hear it or may not and people around him may hear such utterances or may not. I confirm there is automaticity in the work of the senses whether one is conscious of their registration inside his mind or not. I do not find it a strange phenomenon if words start to flow automatically and unconsciously from somebody’s mouth whether in health or disease, comatose, or any of the altered states particularly the vegetative. ]]>
Comment on Consciousness under anesthesia by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/comment-page-1/#comment-32558 Abdu "The One"Sat, 07 Apr 2007 09:11:00 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/#comment-32558When we are able to detect and specify those neurons that the anesthetic dose missed to anesthetize then the "consciousness Monitor" would prove a breakthrough and may bring us closer to that real fundamental fact about the brain activity of waking up to consciousness and falling asleep. Anyway, it is, even as is, quite promising, yet the field test would tell us more about its practical benefits. The self watches "the consciously perceived scene" exactly the way it does at near-death experiences: It remains inside,yet overlooking the inside as well as the outside. The onlooker 'Self' abandons the body completely if the 'Immortal Soul' abandons the body first. Only then the Self abandons the body 'following' and never 'preceding' the 'Soul' that have decided to leave the collapsed/broken/detoriorated/too diseased (body) house, the one where it can no longer find proper dwelling. The pain felt by the woman during the Caesarean surgery is due to the Self's physical component.When we are able to detect and specify those neurons that the anesthetic dose missed to anesthetize then the “consciousness Monitor” would prove a breakthrough and may bring us closer to that real fundamental fact about the brain activity of waking up to consciousness and falling asleep. Anyway, it is, even as is, quite promising, yet the field test would tell us more about its practical benefits.

The self watches “the consciously perceived scene” exactly the way it does at near-death experiences: It remains inside,yet overlooking the inside as well as the outside. The onlooker ‘Self’ abandons the body completely if the ‘Immortal Soul’ abandons the body first. Only then the Self abandons the body ‘following’ and never ‘preceding’ the ‘Soul’ that have decided to leave the collapsed/broken/detoriorated/too diseased (body) house, the one where it can no longer find proper dwelling. The pain felt by the woman during the Caesarean surgery is due to the Self’s physical component.

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Comment on Which brain regions enable us to remember our past and anticipate our future? by Shahid Mahmood http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-32337 Shahid MahmoodSat, 07 Apr 2007 03:22:41 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/which-brain-regions-enable-us-to-remember-our-past-and-anticipate-our-future/#comment-32337I think this "Mental Time Travel" hype is overly exaggerated. There are areas and functions of brain that store inferred knowledge, and there are areas of brain that store information with time-stamp. Thus a "Mental Time Travel" in the past is simply replaying the previously stored information, just like remembering a name or place, except that this one has a time-stamp tagged along with each image. There is nothing exotic about it. My VCR can do the same thing. Similarly, the "Mental Time Travel" to the future, is a humble operation of brain that extrapolates new data based on current data and observation. Just like a computer that can predict weather. Even animals are known to do this type of "Mental Time Travel" to the future. Its called "Planning". And its not unique to humans either. Dr. Clayton of University of Cambridge, has recently shown that scrub jays (a type of bird) can exhibit the act of future planning, just like humans.I think this “Mental Time Travel” hype is overly exaggerated. There are areas and functions of brain that store inferred knowledge, and there are areas of brain that store information with time-stamp. Thus a “Mental Time Travel” in the past is simply replaying the previously stored information, just like remembering a name or place, except that this one has a time-stamp tagged along with each image. There is nothing exotic about it. My VCR can do the same thing.
Similarly, the “Mental Time Travel” to the future, is a humble operation of brain that extrapolates new data based on current data and observation. Just like a computer that can predict weather. Even animals are known to do this type of “Mental Time Travel” to the future. Its called “Planning”. And its not unique to humans either. Dr. Clayton of University of Cambridge, has recently shown that scrub jays (a type of bird) can exhibit the act of future planning, just like humans. ]]>
Comment on Some good things about Crick & Koch’s “Framework for consciousness.” by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/03/some-good-things-about-crick-koch%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cframework-for-consciousness%e2%80%9d/comment-page-1/#comment-30389 Abdu "The One"Thu, 05 Apr 2007 08:38:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/03/some-good-things-about-crick-koch%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cframework-for-consciousness%e2%80%9d/#comment-303891)The "Self": It exists in the head, overlooking the world of the imagination, just behind what is called the "mind's eye". This is according to my hypothesis which also comprises the notion of "The Perceptual Field" (eyes closed) to parallel with: The Visual Field" (eyes open). 2)Qualia: The neural system responsible for that experience of colors is not the only one responsible but may share responsibility with other copartners. I am hopeful that some "barriers" of "The Hardest Problem" will soon "crumble", provided that we concentrate on consciousness itself rather than playing tricks and games of terminology, various bombastic language formulations/and the reformulation of the same things yet in different styles that have nothing scientifically valuable.I do recommend addressing first-person subjective (introspective) unusual experiences. The two conscious actions mentioned above compete against each other according to the intention and decision of the self which is responsible for it desire to concentrate on something being important and ignore another being less important. Consciousness is being distributed: something to be done as mechanically as possible and something else should not be missed. Assignments/orders of the queen (the Self)to be carried out by obedient subjects, the neurons (neural coalitions). Now read this answer to the above relevant question: The coalition at the neural level becomes ready to be perceived/watched by the self after the process/the development of the film and final projection. The coalition of neurons is not itself conscious but becomes ready to please/displease the onlooker, the self. As for snapshots, yes, there is "automatic" snapshooting. As for timing, yes, there is timing and additionally there is proportional spacing as well. I agree to the idea that attention's role is to push the neural coalition to the threshold of consciousness. As regards the nature of the threshold please what I proffer here: The threshold is the best place where the self may look at every and each prduct/processed stuff/objects introduced to be perceived by the self. It is a limitless space. My comment actually dealt with Baars's comment on the the "framework" and its contents.1)The “Self”: It exists in the head, overlooking the world of the imagination, just behind what is called the “mind’s eye”. This is according to my hypothesis which also comprises the notion of “The Perceptual Field” (eyes closed) to parallel with: The Visual Field” (eyes open).
2)Qualia: The neural system responsible for that experience of colors is not the only one responsible but may share responsibility with other copartners. I am hopeful that some “barriers” of “The Hardest Problem” will soon “crumble”, provided that we concentrate on consciousness itself rather than playing tricks and games of terminology, various bombastic language formulations/and the reformulation of the same things yet in different styles that have nothing scientifically valuable.I do recommend addressing first-person subjective (introspective) unusual experiences.

The two conscious actions mentioned above compete against each other according to the intention and decision of the self which is responsible for it desire to concentrate on something being important and ignore another being less important. Consciousness is being distributed: something to be done as mechanically as possible and something else should not be missed. Assignments/orders of the queen (the Self)to be carried out by obedient subjects, the neurons (neural coalitions).

Now read this answer to the above relevant question: The coalition at the neural level becomes ready to be perceived/watched by the self after the process/the development of the film and final projection. The coalition of neurons is not itself conscious but becomes ready to please/displease the onlooker, the self.

As for snapshots, yes, there is “automatic” snapshooting. As for timing, yes, there is timing and additionally there is proportional spacing as well.

I agree to the idea that attention’s role is to push the neural coalition to the threshold of consciousness. As regards the nature of the threshold please what I proffer here: The threshold is the best place where the self may look at every and each prduct/processed stuff/objects introduced to be perceived by the self. It is a limitless space.

My comment actually dealt with Baars’s comment on the the “framework” and its contents.

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Comment on Shopping Centers in the Brain by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/shopping-centers-in-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-30300 Abdu "The One"Thu, 05 Apr 2007 06:18:30 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/shopping-centers-in-the-brain/#comment-30300Yes, there are shopping centers in the brain,plenty of them. If you need to buy anything dont's go wandering everywhere there for a shop, because it is not easy to find one. I find it advisable to go to a supermarket/ the largest store where you may find what you are looking for, the MEMORY.Yes, there are shopping centers in the brain,plenty of them. If you need to buy anything dont’s go wandering everywhere there for a shop, because it is not easy to find one. I find it advisable to go to a supermarket/ the largest store where you may find what you are looking for, the MEMORY. ]]>Comment on The brain basis of a "consciousness monitor" by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/the-brain-basis-of-a-consciousness-monitor/comment-page-1/#comment-29705 Abdu "The One"Wed, 04 Apr 2007 14:29:45 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/the-brain-basis-of-a-consciousness-monitor/#comment-29705"Today we may be coming closer to a real understanding of this fundamental fact." Yes, Baars, we may. Just think of this "large-scale information transmision among groups" of billions of "neurons presumably" moving being "required for integration" and "chattering" or "singing the same song" or as Hameroff puts it "orchestrated" and "dancing" or Koch "competing"..etc. How much do you pay for having a look at such a would-be breathtaking scene being shown live before your very eyes as a physical reality or say at least described precisely and accurately alive on site?! Would such a moment be one of great triumph or a breathrough to all humanity esp. scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists like you, Hameroff, Wilken, Chalmers, Koch and others? You may really imagine (I MAY NOT, BEING ABDU,"THE ONE") that for a short while,and feel happy. To all of you my dear dear scientists: Good luck.“Today we may be coming closer to a real understanding of this fundamental fact.” Yes, Baars, we may. Just think of this “large-scale information transmision among groups” of billions of “neurons presumably” moving being “required for integration” and “chattering” or “singing the same song” or as Hameroff puts it “orchestrated” and “dancing” or Koch “competing”..etc. How much do you pay for having a look at such a would-be breathtaking scene being shown live before your very eyes as a physical reality or say at least described precisely and accurately alive on site?! Would such a moment be one of great triumph or a breathrough to all humanity esp. scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists like you, Hameroff, Wilken, Chalmers, Koch and others? You may really imagine (I MAY NOT, BEING ABDU,”THE ONE”) that for a short while,and feel happy. To all of you my dear dear scientists: Good luck. ]]>Comment on Nonconscious goals and ‘mysterious moods’ by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/nonconscious-goals-and-mysterious-moods/comment-page-1/#comment-29622 Abdu "The One"Wed, 04 Apr 2007 12:42:03 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/nonconscious-goals-and-mysterious-moods/#comment-29622Chartrand seeks support from Jung and Freud for her notion in respect with her "nonconscious goals" analysis. Jung's analogy lacks some accuracy. Dreams, according to my own point of view, are of two kinds: 1)Night dreams: Those projected screen-show ones (like a movie film played for the self to watch/engage in happy/nightmares to be pleased/displeased respectively), or just like a copy of this very world with its own distinctive different/various mystries/obscurities. 2)Day dreams: Those ones which are only verbal i.e, just a distraction/ abstractedness or you may even call it absent-mindedness: Merely imagined images or, where as those 'lived' or 'perceived in night dreams, especially those lucid ones are as Dr. Alan Wolf (Captain Quantum; a physicist and then a seculative physicist/Shamanist and a lucid dreamer)puts it "virtual images"- (as I remember)in other words as virtual reality. The daytime dreams talked about by Jung are nothing more than thoughts, mere thoughts, whereas the stars are always "there" during the day or at night i.e, unseen, whatever causes there may be for their invisibility, or seen. As for Freud's theory which includes the notion that "most mental activity is unconsious", Chartrand's say in this respect: "But scientific evidence on this issue has been rather sparse" may suffice. Nonetheless, I want to add: Some psychologists, according to "Wikipedia" information on their website, divide the mind or its aspects to three areas: The Conscious, The Sub-conscious, and The Unconsious/Nonconsious, with some confusion in Un/Non syllables/prefixes. I do believe and seize the opportunity here to confirm the availability of the three. Perhaps the following lines concluding my comment would partially help explain my belief in the posssible existence of the three. Before we fall in deep sleep, with closed eyes, a thinking stage of continuous/intermittent imagined situations/imaginary images would flow while we are quite conscious, a state of consciousness preceeding the nonconscious one as the following or part of such thoughts begin to visualize in night dreams- hopefully happy ones).Chartrand seeks support from Jung and Freud for her notion in respect with her “nonconscious goals” analysis.

Jung’s analogy lacks some accuracy. Dreams, according to my own point of view, are of two kinds: 1)Night dreams: Those projected screen-show ones (like a movie film played for the self to watch/engage in happy/nightmares to be pleased/displeased respectively), or just like a copy of this very world with its own distinctive different/various mystries/obscurities. 2)Day dreams: Those ones which are only verbal i.e, just a distraction/ abstractedness or you may even call it absent-mindedness: Merely imagined images or, where as those ‘lived’ or ‘perceived in night dreams, especially those lucid ones are as Dr. Alan Wolf (Captain Quantum; a physicist and then a seculative physicist/Shamanist and a lucid dreamer)puts it “virtual images”- (as I remember)in other words as virtual reality. The daytime dreams talked about by Jung are nothing more than thoughts, mere thoughts, whereas the stars are always “there” during the day or at night i.e, unseen, whatever causes there may be for their invisibility, or seen. As for Freud’s theory which includes the notion that “most mental activity is unconsious”, Chartrand’s say in this respect:
“But scientific evidence on this issue has been rather sparse” may suffice. Nonetheless, I want to add: Some psychologists, according to “Wikipedia” information on their website, divide the mind or its aspects to three areas: The Conscious, The Sub-conscious, and The Unconsious/Nonconsious, with some confusion in Un/Non syllables/prefixes. I do believe and seize the opportunity here to confirm the availability of the three. Perhaps the following lines concluding my comment would partially help explain my belief in the posssible existence of the three. Before we fall in deep sleep, with closed eyes, a thinking stage of continuous/intermittent imagined situations/imaginary images would flow while we are quite conscious, a state of consciousness preceeding the nonconscious one as the following or part of such thoughts begin to visualize in night dreams- hopefully happy ones).

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Comment on Motion induced blindness by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/motion-induced-blindness/comment-page-1/#comment-29541 Abdu "The One"Wed, 04 Apr 2007 08:49:47 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/motion-induced-blindness/#comment-29541In one of his four books entitled "Gullivers' Travels", the famous novelist, Jonathan Swift, offers a description by the narrator in which he says: the scientists there, in the island, fixate one of the eyes upward at a crtain angle to observe planets or stars position changes, movements and other phenomena in the sky, and the other eye downward to manage their living affairs. In other words they have distributed or divided their vision into two parts: one to be constantly devoted to/focused/CONCENTRATED on scientif work to preserve their"flying island" from falling down to ensure their surviaval, and the other one CONCENTRATED on seeing their food, road, and other similar objects necessary for their life/daily affairs and survival. By so doing, these scientists would need a third eye if they care to look around and see what affairs/wrongs/infidelity their wives are practicing in the area lying behind their backs, in the invisible area, thus their constant looking upward & downward puts morals at the stake, according to a critical verbal analysis of my Novel Lecturer (Dr. Al-Maleh, The Arab University of Beirut, 1972). The idea that may be derived from this analogy is that of CONCENTRATION. Concentration on something is always at the account of something else, regardless of which of the two is more important/distinct/larger in size/weightier in siginficance/ ..etc. It is not the eye that perceives,as we all know, perception is in virtue of a decision from the inside of the brain; from the inner world which belongs to the mind (the conscious & subconsious)rendering its services to its queen, the "SELF". Consciousness, on the one hand, cannot cover "all things" at the same time ,and on the other, cannot cover them equally but in accordance to a decision specifiying what areas to be covered(for instance the two yellow dots) and those not included in a certain coverage (like the remaining physically existing yellow dot regardless of its being so remarkably large). The potential of consciousness, the speed of moving objects, their color/brightness, its decision of what is to be seen and what is not (based on the power of the neurons), its concentration on something at the account of another as I have said above may cause such "obliteration", "fading from consciousness", or what is termed "MIB". When the mission before the mind is too heavy a "burden",the stand-by IMAGINATION under control of consciousness automatically starts its work of cooperation or even what I call:Taking Over Synchrony to carry out the mission. It is within the capacity/potential of the imagination power to DEDUCT from the number of the yellow dots/spots or in other situations to INCREASE their number or even ENLARGE their size in addition to other capabilities that may be performed depending on the given situation.In one of his four books entitled “Gullivers’ Travels”, the famous novelist, Jonathan Swift, offers a description by the narrator in which he says: the scientists there, in the island, fixate one of the eyes upward at a crtain angle to observe planets or stars position changes, movements and other phenomena
in the sky, and the other eye downward to manage their living affairs. In other words they have distributed or divided their vision into two parts: one to be constantly devoted to/focused/CONCENTRATED on scientif work to preserve their”flying island” from falling down to ensure their surviaval, and the other one CONCENTRATED on seeing their food, road, and other similar objects necessary for their life/daily affairs and survival. By so doing, these scientists would need a third eye if they care to look around and see what affairs/wrongs/infidelity their wives are practicing in the area lying behind their backs, in the invisible area, thus their constant looking upward & downward puts morals at the stake, according to a critical verbal analysis of my Novel Lecturer (Dr. Al-Maleh, The Arab University of Beirut, 1972). The idea that may be derived from this analogy is that of CONCENTRATION. Concentration on something is always at the account of something else, regardless of which of the two is more important/distinct/larger in size/weightier in siginficance/
..etc. It is not the eye that perceives,as we all know, perception is in virtue of a decision from the inside of the brain; from the inner world which belongs to the mind (the conscious & subconsious)rendering its services to its queen, the “SELF”.

Consciousness, on the one hand, cannot cover “all things” at the same time ,and on the other, cannot cover them equally but in accordance to a decision specifiying what areas to be covered(for instance the two yellow dots) and those not included in a certain coverage (like the remaining physically existing yellow dot regardless of its being so remarkably large). The potential of consciousness, the speed of moving objects, their color/brightness, its decision of what is to be seen and what is not (based on the power of the neurons), its concentration on something at the account of another as I have said above may cause such “obliteration”, “fading from consciousness”, or what is termed “MIB”.

When the mission before the mind is too heavy a “burden”,the stand-by IMAGINATION under control of consciousness automatically starts its work of cooperation or even what I call:Taking Over Synchrony to carry out the mission. It is within the capacity/potential of the imagination power to DEDUCT from the number of the yellow dots/spots or in other situations to INCREASE their number or even ENLARGE their size in addition to other capabilities that may be performed depending on the given situation.

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Comment on The peripheral drift illusion by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/04/the-peripheral-drift-illusion/comment-page-1/#comment-29015 Abdu "The One"Tue, 03 Apr 2007 12:43:07 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2004/04/the-peripheral-drift-illusion/#comment-29015When you look at such indicated above illusions especially the most implicated among them (Kitaoka and Ashida)your mind becomes disenabled to follow them up reasonably. What happens is that mind would be in a positiopn to give in, and this giving in process witnesses what I want to call "Imagination Taking Over Synchrony", the imagination being always the ever-ready stand-by copartner and supporter of the mind working/interpreting for the benefit of the "Self" through this sort of give & take process. When the imagination takes over, the mind remains awake "conscious" of what is going on, otherwise it is a case in disease at its extreem or as you called it, Ramsoy, "default" at its instant momentry occurence.When you look at such indicated above illusions especially the most implicated among them (Kitaoka and Ashida)your mind becomes disenabled to follow them up reasonably. What happens is that mind would be in a positiopn to give in, and this giving in process witnesses what I want to call “Imagination Taking Over Synchrony”, the imagination being always the ever-ready stand-by copartner and supporter of the mind working/interpreting for the benefit of the “Self” through this sort of give & take process.

When the imagination takes over, the mind remains awake “conscious” of what is going on, otherwise it is a case in disease at its extreem or as you called it, Ramsoy, “default” at its instant momentry occurence.

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Comment on IDA on Will: It’s no Illusion by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/12/ida-on-will-it%e2%80%99s-no-illusion/comment-page-1/#comment-28864 Abdu "The One"Tue, 03 Apr 2007 08:00:13 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2005/12/ida-on-will-it%e2%80%99s-no-illusion/#comment-28864The self owns a free will, and the freedom of the will of the human being is the miracle of miracles of God , The Creator. When the self wants ("intentionally") to choose "something",the process of activation of the first neural groups takes time (information formation process in human beings). The difference in time mentioned above in the article and relevant to models, (if it can be paralleled/compared with the time consumed in human beings' brain) is due probably to the "density" and lack of the decisive decision (oscilation/ hesitation and many other implications or impediments..etc.,) that the first neural group has to deal with before it could show up to the self. It needs time before it can successfully make its way (through their other sister neurons that are ever-moving, "competing", filling in the site, and waiting to be chosen at any moment)to the "spotlight". A second group may take less time being prepared to move forward towards the spotlight, when there is similarity (may be symantically, or of any kind of relation that you may imagine to exist) between the two groups, the first and the second. The first group, in a sense may facilitate the way for other followers. Therefore, I claim that decision making in the human brain is processed at least at a certain stage via a certain mechanism. Can anyone describe the process taking place in the human brain or confirm such claims from any perspective rather than the subjective (introspective one)?The self owns a free will, and the freedom of the will of the human being is the miracle of miracles of God , The Creator.

When the self wants (“intentionally”) to choose “something”,the process of activation of the first neural groups takes time (information formation process in human beings). The difference in time mentioned above in the article and relevant to models, (if it can be paralleled/compared with the time consumed in human beings’ brain) is due probably to the “density” and lack of the decisive decision (oscilation/ hesitation and many other implications or impediments..etc.,) that the first neural group has to deal with before it could show up to the self. It needs time before it can successfully make its way (through their other sister neurons that are ever-moving, “competing”, filling in the site, and waiting to be chosen at any moment)to the “spotlight”.
A second group may take less time being prepared to move forward towards the spotlight, when there is similarity (may be symantically, or of any kind of relation that you may imagine to exist) between the two groups, the first and the second. The first group, in a sense may facilitate the way for other followers. Therefore, I claim that decision making in the human brain is processed at least at a certain stage via a certain mechanism. Can anyone describe the process taking place in the human brain or confirm such claims from any perspective rather than the subjective (introspective one)?

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Comment on Levels of Consciousness by Benjamin http://sciconrev.org/2004/12/levels-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-28828 BenjaminTue, 03 Apr 2007 06:44:40 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/12/levels-of-consciousness/#comment-28828Can you define and provide examples for the different states of consciousness: focused, drifting, divided or automatic pilot, unconsciousness or lower levels of consciousness- sleep, anesthesia, coma, and finally non-ordinary "consciousness." For each concept.Can you define and provide examples for the different states of consciousness: focused, drifting, divided or automatic pilot, unconsciousness or lower levels of consciousness- sleep, anesthesia, coma, and finally non-ordinary “consciousness.” For each concept. ]]>Comment on The potential role of the parietal lobe in episodic memory and other cognitive functions by Angela Carvalho Mastrogiacomo http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/the-potential-role-of-the-parietal-lobe-in-episodic-memory-and-other-cognitive-functions/comment-page-1/#comment-28595 Angela Carvalho MastrogiacomoMon, 02 Apr 2007 21:29:34 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/the-potential-role-of-the-parietal-lobe-in-episodic-memory-and-other-cognitive-functions/#comment-28595Essa página tem muita informação . eu sou estudante de ACD e quero saber onde fica localizado , ou seja de lado fica o PARIENTAL do neurocrânio . obrigado pela atenção AngelaEssa página tem muita informação . eu sou estudante de ACD e quero saber onde fica localizado , ou seja de lado fica o PARIENTAL do neurocrânio .
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Comment on Beyond Ordinary Consciousness by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/05/beyond-ordinary-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-28256 Abdu "The One"Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:31:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/05/beyond-ordinary-consciousness/#comment-28256I once wrote a comment about those Buddhists' meditations and questioned what benefit can be acquired from that affectated states. I actually criticised the idea of Stuart Hameroff who believes that such meditation is important for a neuroscientist. Until I read the last line of the above article, I believed that the whole thing is just a waste of time. What can be got from such experiences is already at hand, and may be sufficient. But, then, couldn't we get similar "states beyond ordinary waking" other different techniques? If we could, then I suggest a long vacation for those trained Buddhists, the more trained one is, the more entitled to a longer vacation. "Bon vacance"!I once wrote a comment about those Buddhists’ meditations and questioned what benefit can be acquired from that affectated states. I actually criticised the idea of Stuart Hameroff who believes that such meditation is important for a neuroscientist.
Until I read the last line of the above article, I believed that the whole thing is just a waste of time. What can be got from such experiences is already at hand, and may be sufficient. But, then, couldn’t we get similar “states beyond ordinary waking” other different techniques? If we could, then I suggest a long vacation for those trained Buddhists, the more trained one is, the more entitled to a longer vacation. “Bon vacance”! ]]>
Comment on Neurophenomenology: How to combine subjective experience with brain evidence by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/03/neurophenomenology-how-to-combine-subjective-experience-with-brain-evidence/comment-page-1/#comment-28187 Abdu "The One"Mon, 02 Apr 2007 11:42:56 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/03/neurophenomenology-how-to-combine-subjective-experience-with-brain-evidence/#comment-28187First-person reports/data method is of most importance for neuroscientific researches. Nonetheless, such a style, whose main field is "introspective phenomenology in studying brain basis of consciousness" has more than one shortcoming. I argue that training itself is a remarkable one, and to get rid of some of the weaknesses is to use data from untrained participants, at least for comparison. Good luck.First-person reports/data method is of most importance for neuroscientific researches. Nonetheless, such a style, whose main field is “introspective phenomenology in studying brain basis of consciousness” has more than one shortcoming. I argue that training itself is a remarkable one, and to get rid of some of the weaknesses is to use data from untrained participants, at least for comparison. Good luck. ]]>Comment on The self and its brain by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/11/the-self-and-its-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-28121 Abdu "The One"Mon, 02 Apr 2007 10:13:23 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/11/the-self-and-its-brain/#comment-28121I have noticed that concentration here is on the location of the self. The Mirror Face Reflction and other related experiments on chimpanzees, and toddlers, and those related to language hemisphere (left side) or the other right one, are not of any help,especially when it comes to rely on the relation between the self and languague for locating the "Locus Proper". The self for me is the outcome of the mixture of both the body and the soul, let us first agree what is a self. Again, did Decartes talk about the location of the self or was he locating the mind in the "pineal gland". The confusion as far as I know is between the latter two, and now the self is being introduced or rather,by what right, inserted. When we find the targetted location, somebody would volunteer to tell me what we have been looking for (the targetted missing "thing"),and thanks in anticipation. None of the above conjectures or attempts to locate the self implies any plausibility. I only agree that the self is in the head and its 'where' is neither on the left nor on the right side, and leave other 'wheres' without comment.I have noticed that concentration here is on the location of the self. The Mirror Face Reflction and other related experiments on chimpanzees, and toddlers, and those related to language hemisphere (left side) or the other right one, are not of any help,especially when it comes to rely on the relation between the self and languague for locating the “Locus Proper”. The self for me is the outcome of the mixture of both the body and the soul, let us first agree what is a self. Again, did Decartes talk about the location of the self or was he locating the mind in the “pineal gland”. The confusion as far as I know is between the latter two, and now the self is being introduced or rather,by what right, inserted. When we find the targetted location, somebody would volunteer to tell me what we have been looking for (the targetted missing “thing”),and thanks in anticipation.

None of the above conjectures or attempts to locate the self implies any plausibility. I only agree that the self is in the head and its ‘where’ is neither on the left nor on the right side, and leave other ‘wheres’ without comment.

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Comment on Heading in the Wrong Direction by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/11/the-quest-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-27960 Abdu "The One"Mon, 02 Apr 2007 07:11:07 +0000http://sci-con.org/2004/11/the-quest-for-consciousness/#comment-27960The English poet & clergyman, John Donne wrote the poem "The Collar" (if I remember correctly)in which he shows signs of mutiny against the "Divine":He in a way revolted and said whatever he wanted,then the collar surrounding his neck reminds him of his piety or religious duties and so he is back, to be "sandwiched" again within the limits of his collar, the symbol of his assignments. Therefore, even if one is supposed to know his limitations, as per the recipe of Clint Eastwood, one remains free and with multiple choices to change states and leaves room for the potential of extension. Sometimes, one breaks 'the collar' of anything : After graduation (B.A. Degree)I took a decision never to study again at any university due to many reasons, and started to arrange for burning all my books but my mother stopped me because of the smoke and for other reasons,the result was the books were saved and after more than two decades I was reading in the same books, bought others and gained my M.A Degree. Hence comes the story of Koch,his decsion to embrace the "Hard Problem" then to kiss it good-bye (a love and a divorce). However, Hameroff seems to have adifferent point of view as he wants a clear-cut position: "all of a sudden we are tackling the hard problem. Or are we?" Hameroff seems to want one either in the arena to wresle or out of it and be satisfied only with watching the contest or keep quiet and watch the "poker game". You may be right Stuart, yet you may allow a post-divorce quick kiss, or a post-given up-game kick. Hameroff is supposed to be the first one among all to allow and give room to Koch to be back to the world of neurons, where we (including me) think it to be one of the best places for consciousness seekers. Back to Clint Eastwood's quotation: "A man's got to know his limitations". A wise say, however it happened that my dreams included the idea of 'flying' since childhood. I always knew that I have to know my limitations, but always felt that my limitations are many and capabilities are not enough, i.e. human beings have many aspirations and little equipment to carry them out. As for me only faith in God could coerce me to accept such so narrow fields or even horizens available in this life. Therefore, I 'flew' at night and wondered during the day why I can't do the same: Limitations, limitations , limitations....Oh God help! And He helped in a matter ("flying") that is reasonably considered "unhelpable". (The dream has come true! How come ?!)Of course I am quite "conscious", at least exactly like everyone (including the "of(f)"-suffixed-neuron specialists viz:Kristof and Hameroff)that such a dream should never come true: It suffices now to say it is 'true" in only one sense, something reasonable amid all that is unreasonable. Did I raise the curiosity of neuroscientists as much as I did to that of philosophers?The English poet & clergyman, John Donne wrote the poem “The Collar” (if I remember correctly)in which he shows signs of mutiny against the “Divine”:He in a way revolted and said whatever he wanted,then the collar surrounding his neck reminds him of his piety or religious duties and so he is back, to be “sandwiched” again within the limits of his collar, the symbol of his assignments. Therefore, even if one is supposed to know his limitations, as per the recipe of Clint Eastwood, one remains free and with multiple choices to change states and leaves room for the potential of extension. Sometimes, one breaks ‘the collar’ of anything : After graduation (B.A. Degree)I took a decision never to study again at any university due to many reasons, and started to arrange for burning all my books but my mother stopped me because of the smoke and for other reasons,the result was the books were saved and after more than two decades I was reading in the same books, bought others and gained my M.A Degree. Hence comes the story of Koch,his decsion to embrace the “Hard Problem” then to kiss it good-bye (a love and a divorce). However, Hameroff seems to have adifferent point of view as he wants a clear-cut position: “all of a sudden we are tackling the hard problem. Or are we?” Hameroff seems to want one either in the arena to wresle or out of it and be satisfied only with watching the contest or keep quiet and watch the “poker game”. You may be right Stuart, yet you may allow a post-divorce quick kiss, or a post-given up-game kick. Hameroff is supposed to be the first one among all to allow and give room to Koch to be back to the world of neurons, where we (including me) think it to be one of the best places for consciousness seekers.

Back to Clint Eastwood’s quotation: “A man’s got to know his limitations”. A wise say, however it happened that my dreams included the idea of ‘flying’ since childhood. I always knew that I have to know my limitations, but always felt that my limitations are many and capabilities are not enough, i.e. human beings have many aspirations and little equipment to carry them out. As for me only faith in God could coerce me to accept such so narrow fields or even horizens available in this life. Therefore, I ‘flew’ at night and wondered during the day why I can’t do the same: Limitations, limitations , limitations….Oh God help! And He helped in a matter (“flying”) that is reasonably considered “unhelpable”. (The dream has come true! How come ?!)Of course I am quite “conscious”, at least exactly like everyone (including the “of(f)”-suffixed-neuron specialists viz:Kristof and Hameroff)that such a dream should never come true: It suffices now to say it is ‘true” in only one sense, something reasonable amid all that is unreasonable. Did I raise the curiosity of neuroscientists as much as I did to that of philosophers?

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Comment on Tilt after-effect from invisible patterns by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/tilt-after-effect-from-invisible-patterns/comment-page-1/#comment-27269 Abdu "The One"Sun, 01 Apr 2007 12:40:56 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/tilt-after-effect-from-invisible-patterns/#comment-27269Vision is suited to enable us to see the way we do. It has been created to serve us in accordance to a perfect design by the only perfect, God the creator. What do you mean by "vision is not perfect"? We enjoy seeing with precise adequate clarity that needs no comment. Yet, comments are abundant due to man's excessive tendency to controvercy, say discussion or curiosity, yet I will say disputation and arguementation. Man's vision is adjusted in a way to enable him to see what he sees but not the bacteria and all types of microbes that may make him look at his own food with disgust. Similarly, his abilities in other senses e.g. What would happen to him if he can hear as much as ants can?The sound of thunder would kill him; how can he sleep..etc? Thanks to the creator for our being so adjusted. You want to get an extra advantage to vision, you become vulnurable to many disadvantages. The proper dose of medicine may help one recover from a certain disease, but a little one may prove ineffective and an overdose may send him to his grave. If you cannot see a passing fired bullet, this is not inefficiency or imperfection in the vision. To reconcile with you, I admit that our aspirations (mine included) do exceed our limitations.Vision is suited to enable us to see the way we do. It has been created to serve us in accordance to a perfect design by the only perfect, God the creator. What do you mean by “vision is not perfect”? We enjoy seeing with precise adequate clarity that needs no comment. Yet, comments are abundant due to man’s excessive tendency to controvercy, say discussion or curiosity, yet I will say disputation and arguementation. Man’s vision is adjusted in a way to enable him to see what he sees but not the bacteria and all types of microbes that may make him look at his own food with disgust. Similarly, his abilities in other senses e.g. What would happen to him if he can hear as much as ants can?The sound of thunder would kill him; how can he sleep..etc? Thanks to the creator for our being so adjusted. You want to get an extra advantage to vision, you become vulnurable to many disadvantages. The proper dose of medicine may help one recover from a certain disease, but a little one may prove ineffective and an overdose may send him to his grave. If you cannot see a passing fired bullet, this is not inefficiency or imperfection in the vision. To reconcile with you, I admit that our aspirations (mine included) do exceed our limitations. ]]>Comment on The 10 point framework and the altogether too hard basket by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/03/the-10-point-framework-and-the-altogether-too-hard-basket/comment-page-1/#comment-27174 Abdu "The One"Sun, 01 Apr 2007 10:38:55 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/03/the-10-point-framework-and-the-altogether-too-hard-basket/#comment-27174I am optimistic with respect to "Beguiling qualia" and that they won't carry on their resistance for good, regardless of the fact they "have resisted analysis and experiment for millennia." In an interview( posted somewhere here among these featured articles) with Koch who declares that it is only a framework, and that a framework is a framework. Actually Koch has a keen eye on his language and could choose his words carefully. There is no allusion that qualia are restricted to his framework or anything the like whatever the way critics put their claims. The eyes that can "see" qualia are not those of those at labs, nor are they anybody's eyes. The only eye that can enjoy "seeing" or you may say "watching" is the mind's eye (if you believe there is any. I do). Neuroscience, is definitely one of the best approaches to qualia and of course to consciousness, nonetheless it is not the only one.I am optimistic with respect to “Beguiling qualia” and that they won’t carry on their resistance for good, regardless of the fact
they “have resisted analysis and experiment for millennia.”

In an interview( posted somewhere here among these featured articles) with Koch who declares that it is only a framework, and that a framework is a framework. Actually Koch has a keen eye on his language and could choose his words carefully. There is no allusion that qualia are restricted to his framework or anything the like whatever the way critics put their claims.

The eyes that can “see” qualia are not those of those at labs, nor are they anybody’s eyes. The only eye that can enjoy “seeing” or you may say “watching” is the mind’s eye (if you believe there is any. I do).

Neuroscience, is definitely one of the best approaches to qualia and of course to consciousness, nonetheless it is not the only one.

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Comment on What’s the difference between an invisible house and an invisible face? by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/05/whats-the-difference-between-an-invisible-house-and-an-invisible-face/comment-page-1/#comment-27076 Abdu "The One"Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:59:43 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2003/05/whats-the-difference-between-an-invisible-house-and-an-invisible-face/#comment-27076For me Moutoussis and Zeki's experiment is right without verifying or checking. I really could have expected such a result because I understand the real relationship between colors. I intend to provide a presentation (talk) at "Quantum Mind 2007"Conference,Austria, if those in charge there approve my submitted abstract which is relevant to both light and color. I am anxciously waiting for their hopefully positive decision of a keynote address. Until then you, dear readers, may aspire to get a little bit of genuine knowledge of color. Patience, please.For me Moutoussis and Zeki’s experiment is right without verifying
or checking. I really could have expected such a result because I
understand the real relationship between colors. I intend to provide a presentation (talk) at “Quantum Mind 2007″Conference,Austria, if those in charge there approve my submitted abstract which is relevant to both light and color. I am anxciously waiting for their hopefully positive decision of a keynote address. Until then you, dear readers, may aspire to get a little bit of genuine knowledge of color. Patience, please. ]]>
Comment on Science and the Ayahuasca by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/06/science-and-the-ayahuasca/comment-page-1/#comment-27016 Abdu "The One"Sun, 01 Apr 2007 07:25:13 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/06/science-and-the-ayahuasca/#comment-27016The effect of Ayahuaska or any similar drinks/liquors/"a cup of.." drugs/medicine/material/Sgamanic vine/hashish ..etc.,cannot in any way be called "an encounter with the Divine". You may call such illusory encounters altered states of temporary disease/hallucination/illusion/loss of mind, and if you insist:an encounter with the devil even if it is started with a sacred song/psalm. Baars calls this action of drinking such stuffs "bravery", even though such experiences cannot be more than seeking a change, or you may call it motivation of curiosity, or adventure; a sort of game in which one's mind is at stake, and for what? For science? Science of what? Of CONSCIOUSNESS through annhilation of mind and consciousness. You want to learn about consciousness by maddening yourself. How can we trust the truth of any results? Is this the only technique to resort to for "cognitive psychology"? I admit that "There is no alternative to studying phenomenology from within", however I believe that that the entry to that prosed world is a different one. It requires different qualifications. The first prerequisite is:FAITH, real faith in God (The Almighty). Does anyone enjoy this now? (Let alone the ideal faith of prophets that performed miracles that outconscioused the most conscious). I do recommend unusual "privileged" phenomenal experiences? Honest description of such experiences can help if you can find such "honest experiencer"! Good luck.The effect of Ayahuaska or any similar drinks/liquors/”a cup of..” drugs/medicine/material/Sgamanic vine/hashish ..etc.,cannot in any way be called “an encounter with the Divine”. You may call such illusory encounters altered states of temporary disease/hallucination/illusion/loss of mind, and if you insist:an encounter with the devil even if it is started with a sacred
song/psalm.

Baars calls this action of drinking such stuffs “bravery”, even though such experiences cannot be more than seeking a change, or you may call it motivation of curiosity, or adventure; a sort of game in which one’s mind is at stake, and for what? For science? Science of what? Of CONSCIOUSNESS through annhilation of mind and consciousness. You want to learn about consciousness by maddening yourself. How can we trust the truth of any results? Is this the only technique to resort to for “cognitive psychology”? I admit that “There is no alternative to studying phenomenology from within”, however I believe that that the entry to that prosed world is a different one. It requires different qualifications. The first prerequisite is:FAITH, real faith in God (The Almighty). Does anyone enjoy this now? (Let alone the ideal faith of prophets that performed miracles that outconscioused the most conscious).

I do recommend unusual “privileged” phenomenal experiences? Honest
description of such experiences can help if you can find such “honest experiencer”! Good luck.

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Comment on Crick and Koch: A framework with many unknowns by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/02/crick-and-koch-a-framework-with-many-unknowns/comment-page-1/#comment-26271 Abdu "The One"Sat, 31 Mar 2007 09:02:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/02/crick-and-koch-a-framework-with-many-unknowns/#comment-26271I highly appreciate certain aspects of "the framework" particularly those pictures and their allusion to certain philosophical notions really relevant to consciousness. In general, I dont't much appreciate the method of combinations even if they were "original",due to much recourse to such so an easy method in preparation of theses at universities in order to obtain higher degrees. Of course, there are exceptions.I highly appreciate certain aspects of “the framework” particularly those pictures and their allusion to certain philosophical notions really relevant to consciousness. In general, I dont’t much appreciate the method of combinations even if they were “original”,due to much recourse to such so an easy method in preparation of theses at universities in order to obtain higher degrees. Of course, there are exceptions. ]]>Comment on Exploding the 10 percent myth by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/comment-page-1/#comment-26193 Abdu "The One"Sat, 31 Mar 2007 07:18:09 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/#comment-26193Nobody can tell the percentage used of our brains untill he can specify their limitations, a 'job' that is not within our reach. Nobody can know the potential of his mind: the more he uses it the more he gets and the more he enriches his knowledge about it. Look for the limitations, or navigate and and at each point that is thought to be a limit, one puts the outcome to a proposed limitlessness of the universe this way:"Your fist is out", and it is always out until you surrender to find it in. Consciousness has much to do with brain circuity, however the decision making is intentionally taken by the self which decides to be conscious or unconscious to various events that introduce options/choice. It is not the 'sense' that becomes blind (unconscious) when 'one' decides to be unconscious, but the hearts that are in the chests,the "SELF":( the outcome of the mixture of body and soul).Nobody can tell the percentage used of our brains untill he can specify their limitations, a ‘job’ that is not within our reach. Nobody can know the potential of his mind: the more he uses it the more he gets and the more he enriches his knowledge about it. Look for the limitations, or navigate and and at each point that is thought to be a limit, one puts the outcome to a proposed limitlessness of the universe this way:”Your fist is out”, and it is always out until you surrender to find it in.
Consciousness has much to do with brain circuity, however the decision making is intentionally taken by the self which decides to be conscious or unconscious to various events that introduce options/choice. It is not the ‘sense’ that becomes blind (unconscious) when ‘one’ decides to be unconscious, but the hearts that are in the chests,the “SELF”:( the outcome of the mixture of body and soul). ]]>
Comment on Use of Virtual Reality in an fMRI study of mentalizing by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/comment-page-1/#comment-26154 Abdu "The One"Sat, 31 Mar 2007 05:45:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/#comment-26154For virtual reality diagnosis, subjective description by participants remains more accurate than most advanced brain-imaging technology provided that experimenters ensure "HONESTY" in the targetted description, an impossible prerequisite, though.For virtual reality diagnosis, subjective description by participants remains more accurate than most advanced brain-imaging technology provided that experimenters ensure “HONESTY” in the targetted description, an impossible prerequisite, though. ]]>Comment on Can we improve mind reading? by Rudolf Scheutz http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/can-we-improve-mind-reading/comment-page-1/#comment-25703 Rudolf ScheutzFri, 30 Mar 2007 14:45:25 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/can-we-improve-mind-reading/#comment-25703Is this the beginning of the end of psychology?Is this the beginning of the end of psychology? ]]>Comment on Use of Virtual Reality in an fMRI study of mentalizing by Rudolf Scheutz http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/comment-page-1/#comment-25574 Rudolf ScheutzFri, 30 Mar 2007 12:18:31 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/use-of-virtual-reality-in-an-fmri-study-of-mentalizing/#comment-25574The behavior of virtual reality (like all other electronic things) is not predictable, so this research is worthless, even dangerous as it yields false results.The behavior of virtual reality (like all other electronic things) is not predictable, so this research is worthless, even dangerous as it yields false results. ]]>Comment on Pain in the brain by Christine Sutherland http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/pain-in-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-25032 Christine SutherlandFri, 30 Mar 2007 01:13:22 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/pain-in-the-brain/#comment-25032We have had evidence for some time that humans can become habituated to pain, and that pain itself can be 100% moderated by environmental cues. This study is an important one in relation to the mechanisms of acute pain, but it should be realised that chronic pain has different brain patterning and is almost indistinguishable from patterns associated with emotional distresss. Whilst there is an overlap in our growing understanding of both acute pain and chronic pain, there are vast differences in the mechanisms, and very considerable differences in the way these two are treated. We mustn't assume that findings in relation to acute pain will necessarily hold for chronic pain.We have had evidence for some time that humans can become habituated to pain, and that pain itself can be 100% moderated by environmental cues.

This study is an important one in relation to the mechanisms of acute pain, but it should be realised that chronic pain has different brain patterning and is almost indistinguishable from patterns associated with emotional distresss.

Whilst there is an overlap in our growing understanding of both acute pain and chronic pain, there are vast differences in the mechanisms, and very considerable differences in the way these two are treated.

We mustn’t assume that findings in relation to acute pain will necessarily hold for chronic pain.

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Comment on Exploding the 10 percent myth by J. Kim http://sciconrev.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/comment-page-1/#comment-24341 J. KimThu, 29 Mar 2007 09:14:44 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/#comment-24341I translated this article into Korean in <a href="http://brainmedia.tistory.com" title="translated article" rel="nofollow">my blog</a>. I couldn't get his permission(J.McCrone's link is bronken).I translated this article into Korean in my blog. I couldn’t get his permission(J.McCrone’s link is bronken). ]]>Comment on Re: The Quest for Consciousness by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/12/re-the-quest-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-24291 Abdu "The One"Thu, 29 Mar 2007 08:40:01 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/12/re-the-quest-for-consciousness/#comment-24291I provided a comment on Hameroff's response at the relevant place. That comment there, I suppose, could be suitable for "there" and "here". Additionally, the "cautionary statement" of Koch: "Not enough is known about this phenomenon to implicate it in conscious perception" is indisputable at least in one sense. Why are we still working on the same subject'consciousness' and not yet one tangible 'step' forward achieved? I BELIEVE (capitalized on purpose) that the 40Hz gamma (not necessarily or particularly gamma but some 'electrical/special/unusual power) synchrony has something to do with consciousness correlates, however the role played by it is not the main one. Hameroff did not state that Koch's books has no mention of "dendrites". May this help add clarification to one of the debated points.I provided a comment on Hameroff’s response at the relevant place. That comment there, I suppose, could be suitable for “there” and “here”. Additionally, the “cautionary statement” of Koch: “Not enough is known about this phenomenon to implicate it in conscious perception” is indisputable at least in one sense. Why are we still working on the same subject’consciousness’
and not yet one tangible ‘step’ forward achieved?
I BELIEVE (capitalized on purpose) that the 40Hz gamma (not necessarily or particularly gamma but some ‘electrical/special/unusual power) synchrony has something to do with consciousness correlates, however the role played by it is not the main one.
Hameroff did not state that Koch’s books has no mention of “dendrites”. May this help add clarification to one of the debated points. ]]>
Comment on Pointing the quest in the proper direction by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/03/pointing-the-quest-in-the-proper-direction/comment-page-1/#comment-24203 Abdu "The One"Thu, 29 Mar 2007 07:25:02 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/03/pointing-the-quest-in-the-proper-direction/#comment-24203The picture shown above shows Hameroff with his upward "Platponic" look (macroscopic), as if he is contemplating about consciousness after a long time spent at the lab diagnosing neurons (microscopic). His very left sleeve (excluding the upper part of it), located within the supposedly sort of orbital or magnetic field that has a clear effect on the lines of the sleeve: It makes them clearer and enlarged yet still in parallel, like what? Like his "dancing" contents of neurons, viz : His "orchestrated" or symmetrical organization of proposed NCC. I invite him to think of the "sleeve" and think of the imagination power on objects: The effect of the 'physiomental' on the physical objects. When I read about Hameroff/Koch scientific debate I have taken into acconut that they are established scientists and that such a debate really enriches our knowledge about the "hard" subject. When I read Koch's response I appreciated the way he provided his three points and thought how difficult the situation would be for Hmeroff. However, the latter could reply to every and each of the points given by Koch. Koch used an "hard" term "I challenge" to which the situation is rendered more complicated. Notheless, Hameroff replied in one word "OKAY" in one line, then set out to positively, say scientifically providing his response. Really both were good enough to establish their names in the field of consciousness. Generally speaking, we all need some sort of "speculation" and sometimes cannot avoid "gereral statements",although every word has its weight at the scientific scale that nows no bias. That point related to gamma synchrony: Can anyone tell its exact location, see it, or mention its characteristics {"properties")? Or is it only a frequency shown by certain systems (gauges) indicators? I would like to know. Finally, I want to point out that consciousness is neither "encapsulated" nor "sandwiched".The picture shown above shows Hameroff with his upward “Platponic” look (macroscopic), as if he is contemplating about consciousness after a long time spent at the lab diagnosing neurons (microscopic). His very left sleeve (excluding the upper part of it), located within the supposedly sort of orbital or magnetic field that has a clear effect on the lines of the sleeve: It makes them clearer and enlarged yet still in parallel, like what? Like his “dancing” contents of neurons, viz : His “orchestrated” or symmetrical organization of proposed NCC. I invite him to think of the “sleeve” and think of the imagination power on objects: The effect of the ‘physiomental’ on the physical objects.
When I read about Hameroff/Koch scientific debate I have taken into acconut that they are established scientists and that such a debate really enriches our knowledge about the “hard” subject. When I read Koch’s response I appreciated the way he provided his three points and thought how difficult the situation would be for Hmeroff. However, the latter could reply to every and each of the points given by Koch. Koch used an “hard” term “I challenge” to which the situation is rendered more complicated. Notheless, Hameroff replied in one word “OKAY” in one line, then set out to positively, say scientifically providing his response. Really both were good enough to establish their names in the field of consciousness. Generally speaking, we all need some sort of “speculation” and sometimes cannot avoid “gereral statements”,although every word has its weight at the scientific scale that nows no bias.
That point related to gamma synchrony: Can anyone tell its exact location, see it, or mention its characteristics {“properties”)? Or is it only a frequency shown by certain systems (gauges)
indicators? I would like to know.
Finally, I want to point out that consciousness is neither “encapsulated” nor “sandwiched”. ]]>
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Comment on Brain-Wise by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/03/brain-wise/comment-page-1/#comment-22319 Abdu "The One"Tue, 27 Mar 2007 09:04:54 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/03/brain-wise/#comment-22319I believe that 'the problem' is solvable. How could I believe so? Simply relying on my own unusual phenomenal experience which provide me with much information related to both 'neurons' and "structure" of the whole affair related to "consciousness". One thing I would like to tell Churchland that your statement:"We are currently trying to do neurophysiology in the structural dusk" is a good statement although with all honesty I think there is a real possibility of change of that dusk. There is, perhaps for the first time in history, some light being lighting the area of consciousness. Believe it or not! We will always need philosophy (planning/ theorizing .. ),however our need for neurology is much more important. Generally speaking,theory usually preceeds action if we have to aspire for a successful result. Taking into consideration what I read about Einstein's theory that he started with something ahead that happened to be supported with that "eclipse" idea to prove his notion. I suppose he was a theorist first. Anyway, Churchland is right in her attempt to combine the two disciplines.I believe that ‘the problem’ is solvable. How could I believe so? Simply relying on my own unusual phenomenal experience which provide me with much information related to both ‘neurons’ and “structure” of the whole affair related to “consciousness”. One thing I would like to tell Churchland that your statement:”We are currently trying to do neurophysiology in the structural dusk” is a good statement although with all honesty I think there is a real possibility of change of that dusk. There is, perhaps for the first time in history, some light being lighting the area of consciousness. Believe it or not!
We will always need philosophy (planning/ theorizing .. ),however our need for neurology is much more important. Generally speaking,theory usually preceeds action if we have to aspire for a successful result. Taking into consideration what I read about Einstein’s theory that he started with something ahead that happened to be supported with that “eclipse” idea to prove his notion. I suppose he was a theorist first. Anyway, Churchland is right in her attempt to combine the two disciplines. ]]>
Comment on Studying the wandering mind by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/studying-the-wandering-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-21630 Abdu "The One"Mon, 26 Mar 2007 13:48:13 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/studying-the-wandering-mind/#comment-21630"Societal pressures", problems and trouble of all sorts, interests, one's principles ..etc., an endless list of cares makes one's mind wander. Can anyone help rebuild another's set up anew? An impossible task. One may help to a certain limit redirect one's interests and concerns but one is a failure if he tries to solve/ address the problem of a wandering mind. Absent-mindedness is normal with proper intervals, abnormal if it witnesses certain longer periods, a real case (when imagination prevails most of the time viz: unconsciousness). You can't train one to 'mind wandering' properly, however you can only venture to help him strengthen his faith, then wait with a 50% hope of success. Fair enough!“Societal pressures”, problems and trouble of all sorts, interests, one’s principles ..etc., an endless list of cares makes one’s mind wander. Can anyone help rebuild another’s set up anew? An impossible task. One may help to a certain limit redirect one’s interests and concerns but one is a failure if he tries to solve/ address the problem of a wandering mind. Absent-mindedness is normal with proper intervals, abnormal if it witnesses certain longer periods, a real case (when imagination prevails most of the time viz: unconsciousness). You can’t train one to ‘mind wandering’ properly, however you can only venture to help him strengthen his faith, then wait with a 50% hope of success. Fair enough! ]]>Comment on Cartesian Panic — and its consequences by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/08/cartesian-panic-and-its-consequences/comment-page-1/#comment-21577 Abdu "The One"Mon, 26 Mar 2007 12:35:07 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/08/cartesian-panic-and-its-consequences/#comment-21577Seek consciousness and self-identification everywhere (externally & internally). Thinking "proper" never leads you astray. When I finished reading the article I respoded with: "No, no, no".Dear writer, I believe I have found a more "trustworthy" foundation, a foundation that may not suit many to follow, however might be much less than I do aspire to attain, yet somewhat proportioned to my own quest that certainly needs no neuroscientist/ anaesthologist like Hameroff to redirect it or in more exact terms work on it the way he has done with Koch's quest, and at the same time definitely needs one like the same man Hameroff to interpret it in a way that suits science particularly neurology and his and Penrose's "Orch OR" theory. One like him or Koch, I believe, would be able to find something quite relevant to NCC. My own proposed theory ("RRR"), still less than nascent, deals in hypothetically unsurpassed way with representation that seriously enthusiastic great psychologists like Patrick Wilken,Chalmers .. etc., or scientists like those above mentioned may help positively contribute in its evaluation/ appreciation. I pray and wish others to do so until I am enabled to formally pronounce my theory. It is in bad need of assistance.Seek consciousness and self-identification everywhere (externally & internally). Thinking “proper” never leads you astray. When I finished reading the article I respoded with: “No, no, no”.Dear writer, I believe I have found a more “trustworthy” foundation, a foundation that may not suit many to follow, however might be much less than I do aspire to attain, yet somewhat proportioned to my own quest that certainly needs no neuroscientist/ anaesthologist like Hameroff to redirect it or in more exact terms work on it the way he has done with Koch’s quest, and at the same time definitely needs one like the same man Hameroff to interpret it in a way that suits science particularly neurology and his and Penrose’s “Orch OR” theory. One like him or Koch, I believe, would be able to find something quite relevant to NCC. My own proposed theory (“RRR”), still less than nascent, deals in hypothetically unsurpassed way with representation that seriously enthusiastic great psychologists like Patrick Wilken,Chalmers .. etc., or scientists like those above mentioned may help positively contribute in its evaluation/ appreciation. I pray and wish others to do so until I am enabled to formally pronounce my theory. It is in bad need of assistance. ]]>Comment on Capturing Daydreams by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/09/capturing-daydreams/comment-page-1/#comment-21518 Abdu "The One"Mon, 26 Mar 2007 11:01:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/09/capturing-daydreams/#comment-21518While reading this article I felt that I am being taken to nowhere voyage in the the sea of daydreaming. This does not underestimate in anyway the seriousness in such experiments but actually builds no much hope to acquire any fruitful results. I need not be told what "problems associated with daydreams research" that is because the mere saying that an experiment is to be carried out in this particular area will definitely recall most of those problems including some of the "implications" of analysis declared above. For me, I could not expect much to come out of such experiments. For the writer, as we have read in the article he is optimistic in the sense of pinning hopes to a "decade" or more to come expecting more improved "measurments" and suggesting to others to work on new experiments in the same pursuit. What about man's really detoriorating faith and ethics? I have taken into consideration right from the beginning that an experimenter should bear in mind the idea of dishonesty. People who are accustomed to "lying" may be, unknowingly, invited to labs, and those - who are not few in number - will help an experimenter in registering so strange set of frequencies that will be of no use to science: Just a waste of time, and good for nothing. I was a little relieved when I came across the term "describe their (participant) subjective experience in an HONEST fashion". Using a term like "Within reasonable bounds .. introspective data does not influence.." would fairly/logically suggest: Within reasonable bounds .. introspective data DOES influence the 50% remaining percentage ..etc.,.While reading this article I felt that I am being taken to nowhere voyage in the the sea of daydreaming. This does not underestimate in anyway the seriousness in such experiments but actually builds no much hope to acquire any fruitful results.
I need not be told what “problems associated with daydreams research” that is because the mere saying that an experiment is to be carried out in this particular area will definitely recall most of those problems including some of the “implications” of analysis declared above. For me, I could not expect much to come out of such experiments. For the writer, as we have read in the article he is optimistic in the sense of pinning hopes to a “decade” or more to come expecting more improved “measurments” and suggesting to others to work on new experiments in the same pursuit. What about man’s really detoriorating faith and ethics? I have taken into consideration right from the beginning that an experimenter should bear in mind the idea of dishonesty. People who are accustomed to “lying” may be, unknowingly, invited to labs, and those – who are not few in number – will help an experimenter in registering so strange set of frequencies that will be of no use to science: Just a waste of time, and good for nothing. I was a little relieved when I came across the term “describe their (participant) subjective experience in an HONEST fashion”.
Using a term like “Within reasonable bounds .. introspective data does not influence..” would fairly/logically suggest: Within reasonable bounds .. introspective data DOES influence the 50% remaining percentage ..etc.,. ]]>
Comment on Empirical Constraints on the Concept of Consciousness by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2003/04/empirical-constraints-on-the-concept-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-20969 Abdu "The One"Sun, 25 Mar 2007 14:17:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/04/empirical-constraints-on-the-concept-of-consciousness/#comment-20969I suppose that: 1)The above picture is rich with philosophy.It is a success. 2)'The "inner self" or the "inner experience",that is qualitative phenomenal experience' is better detected via unusual subjective phenomenal experience similar to the one which seems so far that only "The One" enjoys. His will be explained when given the opportunity he is now seeking. Therefore, wish him good luck to win the required opportunity if you want to have an idea about a new theory to be called the "RRR". I appologize for using this style of suspense when I talk about a theory. I do not mean to make an advertisment of it, but rather to encourage those people in charge not to lose the opportunity. The "RRR" theory will minimize much of the suffering of many (if there are many) people concerned with consciousness. It will deal with e.g ("the redness of the red") just in a new way that has never been thought of except when one wants to describe it as an "impossibility". For instance: Michael tye's statement quoted above (all of its components). 3)NCC "serve a representational function". My comment here is one word: TRUE. 4)Conclusion: My notion is one of the first steps on the street made with the two sides of philosophy and science. Please put off your wow for a while.I suppose that:
1)The above picture is rich with philosophy.It is a success.
2)’The “inner self” or the “inner experience”,that is qualitative
phenomenal experience’ is better detected via unusual subjective phenomenal
experience similar to the one which seems so far that only “The
One” enjoys. His will be explained when given the opportunity he is now seeking. Therefore, wish him good luck to win the required opportunity if you want to have an idea about a new theory to be called the “RRR”. I appologize for using this style of suspense when I talk about a theory. I do not mean to make an advertisment of it, but rather to encourage those people in charge not to lose the opportunity. The “RRR” theory will minimize much of the suffering of many (if there are many) people concerned with consciousness. It will deal with e.g (“the redness of the red”) just in a new way that has never been thought of except when one wants to describe it as an “impossibility”. For instance: Michael tye’s statement quoted above (all of its components).
3)NCC “serve a representational function”. My comment here is one word: TRUE.
4)Conclusion: My notion is one of the first steps on the street made with the two sides of philosophy and science. Please put off your wow for a while. ]]>
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You may of course work on any subject including subjective consciousness and it mechanisms. This is quite fair for anyone to choose the area he likes to explore in, yet man’s consciousness can never itself be surpassed “outconscioused”, not even in a dream because even the latter is due to it or to the subconsious (the imagination power). Until you achieve any progress in your endeavor kindly think of this: How about a certain look “a special one” from the inside with closed eyes receiving by the mind’s eye whatever coming from the external world and embraced in, concentrate on the process and the sort of mechanism. Give it a try or follow up the events to be witnessed at conferences such as Tucson-organized ones on CONSCIOUSNESS. ]]>
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To conclude my comment I would like to say that I myself deal with dreams, but only with my own dreams because they are really distinguished so much so that I have submitted an abstract in this respect to an international confernce (“Toward a Science of Consisciousness 2007″) to be held in Hungary. I want to provide a presentation (Talk) the content of which is derived from my own phenomenal experience that is directly and uniquely related to consciousness. My phenomenal experience in a short term could be second-to-none in history. ]]>
Comment on Toward a Science of Consciousness 2007 by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/toward-a-science-of-consciousness-2007/comment-page-1/#comment-14749 Abdu "The One"Mon, 19 Mar 2007 09:05:21 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/toward-a-science-of-consciousness-2007/#comment-14749I have submitted an abstract hoping to gain the final acceptance and approval of your review committees. I suppose that my abstract furnishes you with inmformation that indicate their dependence on a personal unusually privileged "phenomenal experience"- as Patrick Wilken has characterized it in one of his replying E-mail letters exchanged between us. Those emails actually honored and encouraged me to go on in this respect and provide my abstract to your conference. I believe and confirm that if you allow me to present (talk/ discuss) a presentation at the conference "Toward... Consciousness" you won't by so doing only help me but yourselves as a scientific institution whose main concern and ultimate goal is supposed to render scientific service to humanity. I pray to God (The Almighty)to facilitate my mission of providing my presentation to the appropriate scientists particularly neuroscientist, psychologists, philosophers concerned with consciousness. I suppose they all need to hear me as well as I now need their support for a recommendation via any sort of media: I wish to win a KEY NOTE ADDRESS / or a SPECIAL EVENT, an INVITATION that is fully covering expenses of travel, acommodation, and registration ..etc., that is in case a "likely" step forward is to be achieved, as far as I believe and to the best of my humble knowledge in this respect, at the "Toward a Science of Consciousness 2007". Thanks in anticipation of support in this endeavor.I have submitted an abstract hoping to gain the final acceptance and approval of your review committees. I suppose that my abstract furnishes you with inmformation that indicate their dependence on a personal unusually privileged “phenomenal experience”- as Patrick Wilken has characterized it in one of his replying E-mail letters exchanged between us. Those emails actually honored and encouraged me to go on in this respect and provide my abstract to your conference. I believe and confirm that if you allow me to present (talk/ discuss) a presentation at the conference “Toward… Consciousness” you won’t by so doing only help me but yourselves as a scientific institution whose main concern and ultimate goal is supposed to render scientific service to humanity. I pray to God (The Almighty)to facilitate my mission of providing my presentation to the appropriate scientists particularly neuroscientist, psychologists, philosophers concerned with consciousness. I suppose they all need to hear me as well as I now need their support for a recommendation via any sort of media: I wish to win a KEY NOTE ADDRESS / or a SPECIAL EVENT, an INVITATION that is fully covering expenses of travel, acommodation, and registration ..etc., that is in case a “likely” step forward is to be achieved, as far as I believe and to the best of my humble knowledge in this respect, at the “Toward a Science of Consciousness 2007″. Thanks in anticipation of support in this endeavor. ]]>Comment on Art and the Conscious Brain by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/04/art-and-the-conscious-brain-2/comment-page-1/#comment-13973 Abdu "The One"Sun, 18 Mar 2007 12:17:35 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/04/art-and-the-conscious-brain-2/#comment-13973I intend to write only a part of each quotation (Kindly refer to the full sentences in the article above to fill in): 1)"This is a great pity, since ... person to person." If technologies help in these respects, they will disable us for good from appreciating beauty or any work of art. It would be a poison rather than a discovery. That is because nobody would accept to produce any ugly work. One would simply follow the discovered rules and implement them to the letter. Thus competition is anhilated: No artists, no works of art, and everything is done in accordance with rules. An impoosibility that we should wish to survive if we are concerned about persistence of our sense of beauty. In another related quotation to to support my own point of view is this: "The connection between cognition and emotion should be regarded as a big enigma." Yes, it should be regarded as such and it should remain as it is if we wish to preserve our faculty of appreciation and enjoyment of beauty. I should not forget while saying what I have aleady said that we will remain curious to know reality and true essence of everything perhaps as much as we wish to preserve the sense/ faculty of appreciation of beauty, in other words: We may still wish to preserve both, yet I see it just impossible. This "enigma" will remain an enigma, and this is not a problem, the problem ensues if it becomes no more an enigma, and untill then let us enjoy works of art. 2)"-vision is the faculty that is most directly related to the perception of art." May I suggest this: It is related to the perception of everything that is seen including art and everything on neutral basis. The mind interprets the already visualized physical objects from the external world to lay it before the self which is either pleased or displeased with it. I suppose that each representation shown to the self may be compared to an "ideal" or "pattern" already stored in the memory as a criterion for evaluation: This is beautiful/ ugly. 3)"At least Solso is right... of the experience of art," I add my vote to this part of the sentence. It is also true that the more we appreciate and taste art, the greater our consiousness is ,and the greater our consiousness is, the more faith in God we become that is due to his creation of the universe. Just look at the world as a whole or apiece and you will find wonders to appreciate and enjoy : The whole universe is a work of art, a marvel, a miracle. And we still find some who lack real consciousness not considering or deeply thinking of the artist, the greatest of the great artists "GOD". 4)"It contains several great examples of how neuronal mechanisms form the basis of mental representations. I just wonder how they could know this. I "KNOW" neurologists are right. I repeat:I "KNOW".I intend to write only a part of each quotation (Kindly refer to the full sentences in the article above to fill in):
1)”This is a great pity, since … person to person.”
If technologies help in these respects, they will disable us for good from appreciating beauty or any work of art. It would be a poison rather than a discovery. That is because nobody would accept to produce any ugly work. One would simply follow the discovered rules and implement them to the letter. Thus competition is anhilated: No artists, no works of art, and everything is done in accordance with rules. An impoosibility that we should wish to survive if we are concerned about persistence of our sense of beauty. In another related quotation to to support my own point of view is this: “The connection between cognition and emotion should be regarded as a big enigma.” Yes, it should be regarded as such and it should remain as it is if we wish to preserve our faculty of appreciation and enjoyment of beauty. I should not forget while saying what I have aleady said that we will remain curious to know reality and true essence of everything perhaps as much as we wish to preserve the sense/ faculty of appreciation of beauty, in other words: We may still wish to preserve both, yet I see it just impossible. This “enigma” will remain an enigma, and this is not a problem, the problem ensues if it becomes no more an enigma, and untill then let us enjoy works of art.
2)”-vision is the faculty that is most directly related to the
perception of art.”
May I suggest this: It is related to the perception of everything that is seen including art and everything on neutral basis. The mind interprets the already visualized physical objects from the external world to lay it before the self which is either pleased or displeased with it. I suppose that each representation shown to the self may be compared to an “ideal” or “pattern” already stored in the memory as a criterion for evaluation: This is beautiful/ ugly.
3)”At least Solso is right… of the experience of art,”
I add my vote to this part of the sentence. It is also true that the more we appreciate and taste art, the greater our consiousness is ,and the greater our consiousness is, the more faith in God we become that is due to his creation of the universe. Just look at the world as a whole or apiece and you will find wonders to appreciate and enjoy : The whole universe is a work of art, a marvel, a miracle. And we still find some who lack real consciousness not considering or deeply thinking of the artist, the greatest of the great artists “GOD”.
4)”It contains several great examples of how neuronal mechanisms form the basis of mental representations.
I just wonder how they could know this. I “KNOW” neurologists are right. I repeat:I “KNOW”. ]]>
Comment on Scientists Try to Predict Intentions by David Wilkinson http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/comment-page-1/#comment-13687 David WilkinsonSat, 17 Mar 2007 23:56:39 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/#comment-13687http://mpegarchive.abc.net.au/reslib/200607/r95860_289801.mp3http://mpegarchive.abc.net.au/reslib/200607/r95860_289801.mp3 ]]>Comment on Scientists Try to Predict Intentions by David Wilkinson http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/comment-page-1/#comment-13684 David WilkinsonSat, 17 Mar 2007 23:51:04 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/#comment-13684http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2006/s1690850.htm already happening :)http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2006/s1690850.htm

already happening :)

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Comment on Quantum Mind 2007 by Todd Laurence http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/quantum-mind-2007/comment-page-1/#comment-13521 Todd LaurenceSat, 17 Mar 2007 18:14:20 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/quantum-mind-2007/#comment-13521How an aspect of "mind" transcends space and time, i.e., precognition, was verified by senior researchers at Princeton University, School of Applied Science. The details conform to the theory of "acausality" - i.e., Synchronicity, as explained by Carl Jung and Prof. W. Pauli, Nobel Laureate, physics. Book, (atom and archetype) also, Synchronicity-an acausal connecting principle. One of the conclusions relates to a very probable supernova in Ursa Minor, (little dipper). The star Kochab, which has a long history in mythology, (2,467 b.c.e) went supernova in the past. This star does fit the profile as a probable supernova, having exhausted its primary fuel. Some highlights of the experience in news article: Other details available from author: Todd Laurence New York News Entelekk Science "numomathematics" newyorknews2@gmail.comHow an aspect of “mind” transcends space and time, i.e., precognition, was verified by senior researchers at Princeton University, School of Applied Science.

The details conform to the theory of “acausality” – i.e., Synchronicity, as explained by Carl Jung and Prof. W. Pauli, Nobel Laureate, physics. Book, (atom and archetype) also, Synchronicity-an acausal connecting principle.

One of the conclusions relates to a very probable supernova in Ursa Minor, (little dipper). The star Kochab, which has a long
history in mythology, (2,467 b.c.e) went supernova in the past. This star does fit the profile as a probable supernova, having exhausted its primary fuel.

Some highlights of the experience in news article:

Other details available from author:

Todd Laurence
New York News
Entelekk Science
“numomathematics”
newyorknews2@gmail.com

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Comment on Radical Nature by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/09/radical-nature-2/comment-page-1/#comment-13240 Abdu "The One"Sat, 17 Mar 2007 12:01:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/09/radical-nature-2/#comment-13240One member of the committee formulated to discuss an M.A thesis , asked, to the astonishment and surprise of the other members and chairman:"What scientific contribution have you provided?" while he was throwing the thesis copy allocated for his review. Others carried on their work and the student was granted his M.A with:Very Good. I always tried not to attempt high studies because I used to "tell myself": What are you going to say more than others; everything is known; books abound with information and all thew sciences (from the most trivial to most imnportant); you won't be able to stand a couple of hours lying before a committee then clapped for by a stupid audience and its success congratulations; your "soul" won't bear staying in your "body" due to affectation that is already filling in the world. My comment is envoked from "The solution to mind-body problem is not to be found in the usual intellectual games of ... and arises (from) our very bodies" (Refer- sentence above). It happened when I gained my M.A it was to my satisfaction that the novel "The English Patient" I was writing about as well as the film were new(a virgin study); the novelist is contemporary, and therefore no references available. I always felt sad when the supervisor helped by providing me with an article that I may use. That was spoiling my ideas,yet I had to thank her, but could not tell her to stop feeding me and killing my talents. Okay, I now wish to be invited to a confernce on consciousness to talk depending on my own notions, yet reading about the subject to avoid repetition on the one hand and for comparison purposes or building up/ improving others' work. I hope they won't ignore my abstract for its being original and dealing with consciousness, arising from where it should.One member of the committee formulated to discuss an M.A thesis , asked, to the astonishment and surprise of the other members and chairman:”What scientific contribution have you provided?” while he was throwing the thesis copy allocated for his review. Others carried on their work and the student was granted his M.A with:Very Good. I always tried not to attempt high studies because I used to “tell myself”: What are you going to say more than others; everything is known; books abound with information and all thew sciences (from the most trivial to most imnportant); you won’t be able to stand a couple of hours lying before a committee then clapped for by a stupid audience and its success congratulations; your “soul” won’t bear staying in your “body” due to affectation that is already filling in the world. My comment is envoked from “The solution to mind-body problem is not to be found in the usual intellectual games of … and arises (from) our very bodies” (Refer- sentence above). It happened when I gained my M.A it was to my satisfaction that the novel “The English Patient” I was writing about as well as the film were new(a virgin study); the novelist is contemporary, and therefore no references available. I always felt sad when the supervisor helped by providing me with an article that I may use. That was spoiling my ideas,yet I had to thank her, but could not tell her to stop feeding me and killing my talents. Okay, I now wish to be invited to a confernce on consciousness to talk depending on my own notions, yet reading about the subject to avoid repetition on the one hand and for comparison purposes or building up/ improving others’ work. I hope they won’t ignore my abstract for its being original and dealing with consciousness, arising from where it should. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-13082 Abdu "The One"Sat, 17 Mar 2007 08:12:51 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-13082I actually wrote a fairly long comment on this subject a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't see it featured for some reason. I don't like repetition in general. Anyway, I remember that I wrote: 1)"Sentience as the foundation for unusual concious perception" ( the title on the post above) encourages me to show my concurrence to it, yet with a slight modification : change of the definite article "the" with only 'a'. This suggestion is due to the availability of other bases for unusual conscious perception such as faith, a certain natural yet distinguished gift, the milieu ..etc., however "sentience" or sensitivity is undoubtedly of great significance in this respect. Jawer's serious efforts exerted in colleting information necessary for his research move us to thank him. Thanks.I actually wrote a fairly long comment on this subject a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t see it featured for some reason. I don’t like repetition in general. Anyway, I remember that I wrote: 1)”Sentience as the foundation for unusual concious perception” ( the title on the post above) encourages me to show my concurrence to it, yet with a slight modification : change of the definite article “the” with only ‘a’.
This suggestion is due to the availability of other bases for unusual conscious perception such as faith, a certain natural yet distinguished gift, the milieu ..etc., however “sentience” or sensitivity is undoubtedly of great significance in this respect. Jawer’s serious efforts exerted in colleting information necessary for his research move us to thank him. Thanks. ]]>
Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-13069 Abdu "The One"Sat, 17 Mar 2007 07:38:22 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-13069First of all thank you Alic for the way you presented this article. As for the author's notion that consciousness is in the brain, I can without hesitation 'concur', however the idea implied in the term "encapsulated" may need reconsideration by him. One sentence more: The area in which the author concentrates his researches on consciousness is quite pertinent. Good luck.First of all thank you Alic for the way you presented this article. As for the author’s notion that consciousness is in the brain, I can without hesitation ‘concur’, however the idea implied in the term “encapsulated” may need reconsideration by him. One sentence more: The area in which the author concentrates his researches on consciousness is quite pertinent. Good luck. ]]>Comment on Does the duck-billed platypus dream? by Anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2003/04/does-the-duck-billed-platypus-dream/comment-page-1/#comment-12664 AnonymousFri, 16 Mar 2007 21:00:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/04/does-the-duck-billed-platypus-dream/#comment-12664how does the platypus servivehow does the platypus servive ]]>Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Mind Hacks http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-12317 Mind HacksFri, 16 Mar 2007 09:20:21 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-12317<strong>2007-03-16 Spike activity...</strong> Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Esquire Magazine has an article on pioneering neurosurgery on Iraq vets to reconstruct large areas of damaged skull. Cognitive Daily looks a research suggesting that judges may be biased in their b...2007-03-16 Spike activity…

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Esquire Magazine has an article on pioneering neurosurgery on Iraq vets to reconstruct large areas of damaged skull. Cognitive Daily looks a research suggesting that judges may be biased in their b…

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Comment on The Science of Consciousness: Where It is and Where It Should Be by Rodrick Wallace http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/comment-page-1/#comment-12056 Rodrick WallaceThu, 15 Mar 2007 11:59:17 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/the-science-of-consciousness-where-it-is-and-where/#comment-12056A formal, information-theoretic, description of something which seems much like a 'retinoid' model can be found in a new paper: http://www.tbiomed.com/content/4/1/10/ The essential structure is a simplified, but inherently tunable, tangent space to a complicated manifold in which the mapping is defined in terms of the rate distortion theorem. Under proper tuning, relatively little information is lost, although poor tuning can lead to quite spectacular inattentional blindness.A formal, information-theoretic, description of something which seems much like a ‘retinoid’ model can be found in a new paper:

http://www.tbiomed.com/content/4/1/10/

The essential structure is a simplified, but inherently tunable, tangent space to a complicated manifold in which the mapping is defined in terms of the rate distortion theorem. Under proper tuning, relatively little information is lost, although poor tuning can lead to quite spectacular inattentional blindness.

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Comment on Scientists Try to Predict Intentions by David Wilkinson http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/comment-page-1/#comment-11977 David WilkinsonThu, 15 Mar 2007 05:18:15 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/#comment-11977Potential military and mind control possibilities are disturbing also :/Potential military and mind control possibilities are disturbing also :/ ]]>Comment on Scientists Try to Predict Intentions by David Wilkinson http://sciconrev.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/comment-page-1/#comment-11975 David WilkinsonThu, 15 Mar 2007 05:16:07 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/03/scientists-try-to-predict-intentions/#comment-11975The implications of this research are colossal. Think big. This is the beginning of the realisation of science fiction – it could allow our minds to communicate directly with machines. I see here a window in to a massive realm of potential technological advancement based on neural interface technology (NIT). If signals like these can be used to guide simple robots, they can be used to guide complex robots and computers. I’ve always thought it would be awesome if we could communicate thoughts directly, this research indicates that such communication might be possible, in combination with technology similar to that used in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Make new toys please :)The implications of this research are colossal. Think big.

This is the beginning of the realisation of science fiction – it could allow our minds to communicate directly with machines. I see here a window in to a massive realm of potential technological advancement based on neural interface technology (NIT).

If signals like these can be used to guide simple robots, they can be used to guide complex robots and computers.

I’ve always thought it would be awesome if we could communicate thoughts directly, this research indicates that such communication might be possible, in combination with technology similar to that used in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Make new toys please :)

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Comment on Altered cognition and emotion in depersonalization disorder by Mendy http://sciconrev.org/2006/11/altered-cognition-and-emotion-in-depersonalization-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-11889 MendyWed, 14 Mar 2007 21:47:40 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/11/altered-cognition-and-emotion-in-depersonalization-disorder/#comment-11889I would like to see a study that measures levels of GABA, 5-HT, norepinephrine and glutamte on patients suffering depersonalization. I experienced this disorder for a short while while on a combination of valproic acid, gabapentin and nefazodone. It worsened as the nefazodone was increased and valproic acid was decreased. The sypmtoms resolved slowly when the medications were discontinued.I would like to see a study that measures levels of GABA, 5-HT, norepinephrine and glutamte on patients suffering depersonalization. I experienced this disorder for a short while while on a combination of valproic acid, gabapentin and nefazodone. It worsened as the nefazodone was increased and valproic acid was decreased. The sypmtoms resolved slowly when the medications were discontinued. ]]>Comment on Consciousness on the Edge by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/01/consciousness-on-the-edge/comment-page-1/#comment-11789 Abdu "The One"Wed, 14 Mar 2007 14:08:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/01/consciousness-on-the-edge/#comment-11789This article related to psychology or to one of its most prominent subjects of today "consciousness" is devoid of any mention of its basis, the psyche (SELF). It confirms in its conclusion that "within the event-control model, intentionality and consciousness constitute a gradient (as opposed to a dichotomy)" citing a few names supporting the Theory of Common Coding. Although I am only supported by a personal phenomenal experience that has become, as far as I am concerned, a CRITERION to which a few related theories can be checked, at least for my own satisfaction,I disagree with the above theory and the author's concluding statemnent. I confirm my position that there is a SELF concerned directly with intentionality (with its various senses), and that when the self chooses something it relies on whatever information (neutral qualia) already processed and made ready by the mind powers ( consious/ subconsious) for free choice of the "observing" self. The self is always free to satisfy its bodily or spiritual needs degrading or upgrading itself. Intentios and decision making belong only to the self, whereas attention is something that has to do with mind that deals with information. The memory belongs to the mind and it is the store of information at the disposal of the self. The healthier the brain, the better the mind and its powers and functions and consequently the better service rendered to the self. The self is finally pleased or displeased. Consiousness at its best is illuminating and enlightening to the real pleasure of the self.This article related to psychology or to one of its most prominent subjects of today “consciousness” is devoid of any mention of its basis, the psyche (SELF). It confirms in its conclusion that “within the event-control model, intentionality and consciousness constitute a gradient (as opposed to a dichotomy)” citing a few names supporting the Theory of Common Coding. Although I am only supported by a personal phenomenal experience that has become, as far as I am concerned, a CRITERION to which a few related theories can be checked, at least for my own satisfaction,I disagree with the above theory and the author’s concluding statemnent. I confirm my position that there is a SELF concerned directly with intentionality (with its various senses), and that when the self chooses something it relies on whatever information (neutral qualia) already processed and made ready by the mind powers ( consious/ subconsious) for free choice of the “observing” self. The self is always free to satisfy its bodily or spiritual needs degrading or upgrading itself. Intentios and decision making belong only to the self, whereas attention is something that has to do with mind that deals with information. The memory belongs to the mind and it is the store of information at the disposal of the self. The healthier the brain, the better the mind and its powers and functions and consequently the better service rendered to the self. The self is finally pleased or displeased. Consiousness at its best is illuminating and enlightening to the real pleasure of the self. ]]>Comment on WELCOME To The New SCR! by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/welcome-to-the-new-scr/comment-page-1/#comment-11270 Abdu "The One"Tue, 13 Mar 2007 07:36:04 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/welcome-to-the-new-scr/#comment-11270Thank God for getting this opportunity and hopefully other future opportunities to comment on other's articles and even talk about my own subject that concerns us all, being myself included in Baars's italicized "We". His fully italicized sentence "We are all walking experiments on consciousness" is pertinently and significantly concluding his article. The sentence bears philosophy in each of its component words. Likewise, I want to make a special personal sentence after his to stand in parellel with this established philosopher's sentence with his supposed permission:"I am a walking experiment on consciousness", and apparently leaving the "We" on my will to enjoy my own special experiment alone. Soon, when I am invited by, to use a gentleman's term, "friendly audience at one of Tuxon's meetings" I will let you all know about my special "phenomenal experience". These two quoted terms in my previous sentence belong to the same gentleman, the established philosopher (psychologist) Mr. Patrick Wilken who used them in a couple of e-mail letters exchanged with him that proved to me the still available consciousness in the world, and that I can be listened to. Thanks to Wilken, Hameroff, Chalmers for their replying e-mails, and finally thank you Baars. With efforts of such people who are exerting efforts in the field, our hope to move toward a science of consciousness do grow.Thank God for getting this opportunity and hopefully other future opportunities to comment on other’s articles and even talk about my own subject that concerns us all, being myself included in Baars’s italicized “We”. His fully italicized sentence “We are all walking experiments on consciousness” is pertinently and significantly concluding his article. The sentence bears philosophy in each of its component words. Likewise, I want to make a special personal sentence after his to stand in parellel with this established philosopher’s sentence with his supposed permission:”I am a walking experiment on consciousness”, and apparently leaving the “We” on my will to enjoy my own special experiment alone. Soon, when I am invited by, to use a gentleman’s term, “friendly audience at one of Tuxon’s meetings” I will let you all know about my special “phenomenal experience”.
These two quoted terms in my previous sentence belong to the same gentleman, the established philosopher (psychologist) Mr. Patrick Wilken who used them in a couple of e-mail letters exchanged with him that proved to me the still available consciousness in the world, and that I can be listened to. Thanks to Wilken, Hameroff, Chalmers for their replying e-mails, and finally thank you Baars. With efforts of such people who are exerting efforts in the field, our hope to move toward a science of consciousness do grow. ]]>
Comment on Breakthrough study on EEG of meditation by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2005/05/breakthrough-study-on-eeg-of-meditation/comment-page-1/#comment-11124 Abdu "The One"Mon, 12 Mar 2007 09:09:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/05/breakthrough-study-on-eeg-of-meditation/#comment-11124As regards the cat experiment above I noticed no number was determined for consciousness to enable us to compare it with the "coherenct 40 Hz oscillations" registered for usual humans. However more importantly is this: The 80-120 Hz gamma synchrony registered for the highly trained Tibetans seems to reflect no valuable benefit to those people. What kind of consciousness is that if no ideal value such as faith in Almighty God is attained by such people, or at least some proved increase in their intelligence.The term "consciousness" in general is much more than awarness or attention that can be focused on a certain object. It is so enriched with the sense of comprehension of the status of man in connection with the universe and all the miraculous creation of everything including man himself that through deep thinking of such great issues i.e. in the strictest real sense of meditation. There, with somebody enjoying real faith is where Hameroff is supposed to seek real light not necessarily gamma related consciousness synchrony. I wonder what importance Hameroff has attributed to a proposed consciousness that is attained by such meditators who "commonly cleared their mind of content",just like areversal of filling it with trivial thinking or whatever illusions that may bring not only unconsciousness but delerium or in the best case stupidity, while still gama synchrony is being highly registered or at least supposed to be, as alleged, higher that normal average of other people who have only the given coherent of 40 Hz oscillation. oscillaton.As regards the cat experiment above I noticed no number was determined for consciousness to enable us to compare it with the “coherenct 40 Hz oscillations” registered for usual humans. However more importantly is this: The 80-120 Hz gamma synchrony registered for the highly trained Tibetans seems to reflect no valuable benefit to those people. What kind of consciousness is that if no ideal value such as faith in Almighty God is attained by such people, or at least some proved increase in their intelligence.The term “consciousness” in general is much more than awarness or attention that can be focused on a certain object. It is so enriched with the sense of comprehension of the status of man in connection with the universe and all the miraculous creation of everything including man himself that through deep thinking of such great issues i.e. in the strictest real sense of meditation. There, with somebody enjoying real faith is where Hameroff is supposed to seek real light not necessarily gamma related consciousness synchrony. I wonder what importance Hameroff has attributed to a proposed consciousness that is attained by such meditators who “commonly cleared their mind of content”,just like areversal of filling it with trivial thinking or whatever illusions that may bring not only unconsciousness but delerium or in the best case stupidity, while still gama synchrony is being highly registered or at least supposed to be, as alleged, higher that normal average of other people who have only the given coherent of 40 Hz oscillation. oscillaton. ]]>Comment on The evidence is overwhelming for an observing self in the brain by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/02/the-evidence-is-overwhelming-for-an-observing-self-in-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-10831 Abdu "The One"Sun, 11 Mar 2007 11:36:51 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/02/the-evidence-is-overwhelming-for-an-observing-self-in-the-brain/#comment-10831The title of this article written B. Baars comes to the satisfaction of most people believing in an "observing" SELF in the brain. However, the word 'overwhelming', to me may still need to be charged/intensified to the extent that send it soaring to the level of a fact, though in the strict sense of science just not many a man may claim that due to the inevitably expected embarrassing crucial question :What proof on earth have you got? or shorter still:How? One day I (my SELF) may accept the challenge and show up possibly in Salzburg, Budapest or any of futur Tuxon conferences on consciousness. Only, pray for me, to beat certain circumstances. "Seulment attendez moi, s'il vous plait".The title of this article written B. Baars comes to the satisfaction of most people believing in an “observing” SELF in the brain. However, the word ‘overwhelming’, to me may still need to be charged/intensified to the extent that send it soaring to the level of a fact, though in the strict sense of science just not many a man may claim that due to the inevitably expected embarrassing crucial question :What proof on earth have you got? or shorter still:How? One day I (my SELF) may accept the challenge and show up possibly in Salzburg, Budapest or any of futur Tuxon conferences on consciousness. Only, pray for me, to beat certain circumstances. “Seulment attendez moi, s’il vous plait”. ]]>Comment on Is there an observing self? by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2004/02/is-there-an-observing-self/comment-page-1/#comment-10586 Abdu "The One"Sat, 10 Mar 2007 13:48:22 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/02/is-there-an-observing-self/#comment-10586With all due respect to those who are exerting efforts to deny the existence of the SELF, I would like to confirm its existence and that the brain, mind ( conscious & subconsious,imagination powers) work coherently when the human is sound and healthy to serve the observing SELF, the outcome of SOUL & BODY merger.With all due respect to those who are exerting efforts to deny the existence of the SELF, I would like to confirm its existence and that the brain, mind ( conscious & subconsious,imagination powers) work coherently when the human is sound and healthy to serve the observing SELF, the outcome of SOUL & BODY merger. ]]>Comment on The impact of invisible stimuli by Abdu "The One" http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/the-impact-of-invisible-stimuli/comment-page-1/#comment-10585 Abdu "The One"Sat, 10 Mar 2007 12:23:53 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/12/the-impact-of-invisible-stimuli/#comment-10585As long as a stimulus lies in the visual field it will definitely be registered, processed and normally dealt with in the brain whether consciously or unconsciously seen. More details of my point of view will be included in what I intend to call "RRR" theory to be laid out at one of the coming conferences on consciousness,in the event my abstract is deemed acceptable.As long as a stimulus lies in the visual field it will definitely be registered, processed and normally dealt with in the brain whether consciously or unconsciously seen. More details of my point of view will be included in what I intend to call “RRR” theory to be laid out at one of the coming conferences on consciousness,in the event my abstract is deemed acceptable. ]]>Comment on Empty mind — a brain disorder? by Amori http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/comment-page-1/#comment-10507 AmoriSat, 10 Mar 2007 05:23:30 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/empty-mind-a-brain-disorder/#comment-10507I am a 16 year old female and I recently found myself not thinking...but hearing...I am concious but unable to think or process anything. I had reference of what normal minds are like, so this new sensation imediatly worried me. I came across this site while searching for an answer to my...problem. I honestly think that this "stand-by disorder" could possibly be this empty feeling in my head. I would much like to learn more about this topic to further my research towards a reason that my head is, metaphorically, empty. Thank you for posting this page on the internet so that myself and others like me can find answers. -AmoriI am a 16 year old female and I recently found myself not thinking…but hearing…I am concious but unable to think or process anything. I had reference of what normal minds are like, so this new sensation imediatly worried me. I came across this site while searching for an answer to my…problem. I honestly think that this “stand-by disorder” could possibly be this empty feeling in my head. I would much like to learn more about this topic to further my research towards a reason that my head is, metaphorically, empty. Thank you for posting this page on the internet so that myself and others like me can find answers.

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Comment on Global Workspace Theory: An interview with Bernard Baars by Not seen but still working « MindMetic http://sciconrev.org/2005/07/global-workspace-theory-an-interview-with-bernard-baars/comment-page-1/#comment-10314 Not seen but still working « MindMeticFri, 09 Mar 2007 18:14:42 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/07/global-workspace-theory-an-interview-with-bernard-baars/#comment-10314[...] Global Workspace Theory [...][...] Global Workspace Theory [...] ]]>Comment on Is language changing your personality? by Jivan Mukti http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/is-language-changing-your-personality/comment-page-1/#comment-8698 Jivan MuktiSun, 04 Mar 2007 21:39:52 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/is-language-changing-your-personality/#comment-8698I'm curious to learn whether other people experience personality changes when they meet with people from other cultures or those that speak with accents. Am I different in my personality when I talk with one friend versus another? How "I" aware can one become? This might have a lot to do with you. Want to talk about it?I’m curious to learn whether other people experience personality changes when they meet with people from other cultures or those that speak with accents. Am I different in my personality when I talk with one friend versus another? How “I” aware can one become?

This might have a lot to do with you. Want to talk about it?

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Comment on Why are watch enthusiasts more self-reflective? by C.M http://sciconrev.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/comment-page-1/#comment-7208 C.MSun, 25 Feb 2007 13:27:36 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/#comment-7208I would only point out (being a budding watch enthusiast myself) that many come to love watches later in life....when they can afford to actually collect them. When I was in college I couldn't afford more than a timex, so I never delved to deeply into the wonderful world of watches. Your results may be related to the age group of most enthusiasts. The control group used was described as "Introductory Psych. Students." I imagine these folks are in their early twenties. What was the avg and median age of the watch-lover group? - Keep on tickin' -SWOBONOI would only point out (being a budding watch enthusiast myself) that many come to love watches later in life….when they can afford to actually collect them. When I was in college I couldn’t afford more than a timex, so I never delved to deeply into the wonderful world of watches.
Your results may be related to the age group of most enthusiasts. The control group used was described as “Introductory Psych. Students.” I imagine these folks are in their early twenties. What was the avg and median age of the watch-lover group?
- Keep on tickin’
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Comment on Seeing sounds, hearing tastes – Synesthesia in brain and mind by Elise http://sciconrev.org/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-6992 EliseSat, 24 Feb 2007 00:34:16 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/08/seeing-sounds-hearing-tastes-synesthesia-in-brain-and-mind/#comment-6992I myself am a synesthete, and I find the subject rather interesting. More people definitely should learn about it!I myself am a synesthete, and I find the subject rather interesting. More people definitely should learn about it! ]]>Comment on Biological Psychiatry — Special issue on autism by mcewen http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/biological-psychiatry-special-issue-on-autism/comment-page-1/#comment-6555 mcewenTue, 20 Feb 2007 19:16:13 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/biological-psychiatry-special-issue-on-autism/#comment-6555Looks like you have to pay $ to see the article. Any chance you'd have the time to give us a synopsis? Glad to hear that it is multi-disciplinary as that is exactly what is needed. Best wishesLooks like you have to pay $ to see the article. Any chance you’d have the time to give us a synopsis? Glad to hear that it is multi-disciplinary as that is exactly what is needed.
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Comment on Cerebellum on emotions by hilber http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/cerebellum-on-emotions/comment-page-1/#comment-6530 hilberTue, 20 Feb 2007 13:59:08 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/cerebellum-on-emotions/#comment-6530These data are very attractive and corroborate those we obtained in our laboratory concerning the involvement of the cerebellar circuitry in emotional regulation (in cerebellar mutant mice)see also Hilber et al, 2004 and Lorivel and Hilber, 2006. I would greatly appeciate to know if other data are avaliable on this topic.These data are very attractive and corroborate those we obtained in our laboratory concerning the involvement of the cerebellar circuitry in emotional regulation (in cerebellar mutant mice)see also Hilber et al, 2004 and Lorivel and Hilber, 2006. I would greatly appeciate to know if other data are avaliable on this topic. ]]>Comment on Quantum Mind 2007 by Abujudeh, Abdellatif. A. http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/quantum-mind-2007/comment-page-1/#comment-6140 Abujudeh, Abdellatif. A.Sat, 17 Feb 2007 07:31:07 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/quantum-mind-2007/#comment-6140The proposed "enigma" seems to look hard, yet if one gets some good "say" will he be invited to those conferences as per a fully paid invitation ( to be considered a special event, or a Key Note Address winner)? It may happen that I get the best notion but not the money to afford (self-fund) my travelexpenses. That is exactly the situation, however I successfully submitted two differnt abstracts for both conferences, one each.(May God help me convey my notions to such important conferences).The proposed “enigma” seems to look hard, yet if one gets some good “say” will he be invited to those conferences as per a fully paid invitation ( to be considered a special event, or a Key Note Address winner)? It may happen that I get the best notion but not the money to afford (self-fund) my travelexpenses. That is exactly the situation, however I successfully submitted two differnt abstracts for both conferences, one each.(May God help me convey my notions to such important conferences). ]]>Comment on Does the duck-billed platypus dream? by Amy B http://sciconrev.org/2003/04/does-the-duck-billed-platypus-dream/comment-page-1/#comment-5835 Amy BWed, 14 Feb 2007 01:15:01 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/04/does-the-duck-billed-platypus-dream/#comment-5835Hey, i think your study was very pro-found! My psychology teacher said there was one mammal that does not dream, and I think i just received some extra points!Hey, i think your study was very pro-found! My psychology teacher said there was one mammal that does not dream, and I think i just received some extra points! ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by The Fat Lady Sings http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-5729 The Fat Lady SingsMon, 12 Feb 2007 16:47:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-5729Sorry it took me so long to comment on this, Michael. I really appreciate your keeping me in the loop. The article is marvelous! I've posted about it on my website. Your investigation has certainly progressed along some fascinating lines! It's interesting to see where I fall amongst your other test subjects. Although I have not experienced the same electrical exposures and sensitivities as many of the others - I certainly fit firmly in amongst the majority of remaining factors. I cannot wait to read your book on the subject! And thank you again for allowing me to participate. I personally think your research is very important. Additionally - I’m glad you’ve approached that research from a scientific point of view. As I’ve stated before – I generally do not discuss this subject as I’m uncomfortable assigning 19th century spiritualist labels to my experiences. So bravo. There is much food for thought here. I hope you will continue to keep me apprised of your work.Sorry it took me so long to comment on this, Michael. I really appreciate your keeping me in the loop. The article is marvelous! I’ve posted about it on my website. Your investigation has certainly progressed along some fascinating lines! It’s interesting to see where I fall amongst your other test subjects. Although I have not experienced the same electrical exposures and sensitivities as many of the others – I certainly fit firmly in amongst the majority of remaining factors. I cannot wait to read your book on the subject! And thank you again for allowing me to participate. I personally think your research is very important. Additionally – I’m glad you’ve approached that research from a scientific point of view. As I’ve stated before – I generally do not discuss this subject as I’m uncomfortable assigning 19th century spiritualist labels to my experiences. So bravo. There is much food for thought here. I hope you will continue to keep me apprised of your work. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Dr. X http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-5629 Dr. XSun, 11 Feb 2007 11:08:14 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-5629Yes, I'm well aware of the 2012 AD mythos. And I don't know if I'd depend on rotten.com as any kind of authority on anything serious. That's not what I meant. I'm not predicting anything like the end of the world. That would be incredibly presumptuous and a form of "magical thinking", as noted in the psychological literature, a form of delusion. But I still have a kind of eerie, recurrent feeling about 2017 AD, and while I assume it is some of slightly aberrant confabulation of sorts, it still recurs periodically in my thoughts. If there is any linkage of that year to any potential event, the only thing that has occurred to me is a possible terrorist nuclear weapon exploding in either Washington, D.C. and/or New York City. So, there, I've said it. I hope I'm wrong, and I would guess intellectually that I am. But my intuition says something will occur that is damaging to a degree far greater than 9/11, and that it will cause a paradigm shift of some kind. Only time will tell. Maybe that's when formal acknowledgement of some form of non-human, advanced intelligence or conciousness will become known, but that seems far less likely. I know all this sounds pretty goofy, and delusional, but still the year 2017 seems very significant on some level, and if I had to narrow the time frame down, I'd suggest November or December at this point. Dr. XYes, I’m well aware of the 2012 AD mythos. And I don’t know if I’d depend on rotten.com as any kind of authority on anything serious. That’s not what I meant. I’m not predicting anything like the end of the world. That would be incredibly presumptuous and a form of “magical thinking”, as noted in the psychological literature, a form of delusion.

But I still have a kind of eerie, recurrent feeling about 2017 AD, and while I assume it is some of slightly aberrant confabulation of sorts, it still recurs periodically in my thoughts. If there is any linkage of that year to any potential event, the only thing that has occurred to me is a possible terrorist nuclear weapon exploding in either Washington, D.C. and/or New York City. So, there, I’ve said it. I hope I’m wrong, and I would guess intellectually that I am. But my intuition says something will occur that is damaging to a degree far greater than 9/11, and that it will cause a paradigm shift of some kind.
Only time will tell. Maybe that’s when formal acknowledgement of some form of non-human, advanced intelligence or conciousness will become known, but that seems far less likely. I know all this sounds pretty goofy, and delusional, but still the year 2017 seems very significant on some level, and if I had to narrow the time frame down, I’d suggest November or December at this point.

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by anon http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-5432 anonFri, 09 Feb 2007 03:44:36 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-5432Dr.X, rotten.com puts the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/apocalypse/" rel="nofollow">end of the world</a> around 2012 AD (perhaps around Dec 21). So, not 2017 AD, but close.Dr.X, rotten.com puts the end of the world around 2012 AD (perhaps around Dec 21). So, not 2017 AD, but close. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by anonymous Dr. X http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-5427 anonymous Dr. XFri, 09 Feb 2007 02:04:08 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-5427Does the year 2017 A.D., or any other year or month within a specific timeframe recur in their mind, or how can one be better able to scientifically discern between confabulation or other mental artifact and potentially a genuine precognitive or premonitory insight of some kind? Please comment if you have, or if you have an opinion, hopefully with references or links, to why this kind of thing might occur? Appreciate any input. Dr. XDoes the year 2017 A.D., or any other year or month within a specific timeframe recur in their mind, or how can one be better able to scientifically discern between confabulation or other mental artifact and potentially a genuine precognitive or premonitory insight of some kind? Please comment if you have, or if you have an opinion, hopefully with references or links, to why this kind of thing might occur? Appreciate any input. Dr. X ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by anonymous Dr. X http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-5426 anonymous Dr. XFri, 09 Feb 2007 02:00:25 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-5426Has anyone else here had any precognitive or premonitory about dates/years in the future as possibly being "significant", or some kind of major societal "turning point" or possible "large-scale disaster" or, in turn, "conciousness paradigm shift" or "scientific discovery" or other positive or negative "mass event"? I'm really curious, as 2017 A.D. seems have recurred in my thoughts many times, and I'd like to know how some "sensitive" or otherwise might be able to discern scientifically or reliably how to tell what might be confabulation from a possible real insight of some kind tied to a particular year (and or month, or day). Please comment. I'd appreciate it.Has anyone else here had any precognitive or premonitory about dates/years in the future as possibly being “significant”, or some kind of major societal “turning point” or possible “large-scale disaster” or, in turn, “conciousness paradigm shift” or “scientific discovery” or other positive or negative “mass event”? I’m really curious, as 2017 A.D. seems have recurred in my thoughts many times, and I’d like to know how some “sensitive” or otherwise might be able to discern scientifically or reliably how to tell what might be confabulation from a possible real insight of some kind tied to a particular year (and or month, or day). Please comment. I’d appreciate it. ]]>Comment on The Neurochemistry of Psychdelic Experiences by Roland http://sciconrev.org/2003/06/the-neurochemistry-of-psychdelic-experiences/comment-page-1/#comment-5248 RolandWed, 07 Feb 2007 06:44:01 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2003/06/the-neurochemistry-of-psychdelic-experiences/#comment-5248For example magic mushrooms were used in the ancient ages by the maias to achieve spiritual freedom and even to heal people.For example magic mushrooms were used in the ancient ages by the maias to achieve spiritual freedom and even to heal people. ]]>Comment on The Memory Prediction Theater by Stephen Harris http://sciconrev.org/2005/08/the-memory-prediction-theater/comment-page-1/#comment-5118 Stephen HarrisMon, 05 Feb 2007 21:53:44 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/08/the-memory-prediction-theater/#comment-5118Have you interested anyone with a neuro-physiological background to develop a testable prediction? I liked Jeff's book because it portrays the brain as both more and less than a computer; anthropomorphically, IBM calls their distributed networks: "self-aware".Have you interested anyone with a neuro-physiological
background to develop a testable prediction? I liked
Jeff’s book because it portrays the brain as both more and less than a computer; anthropomorphically, IBM calls their distributed networks: “self-aware”. ]]>
Comment on What do we hear with our eyes? by Clay http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/what-do-we-hear-with-our-eyes/comment-page-1/#comment-4895 ClaySat, 03 Feb 2007 22:19:00 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/what-do-we-hear-with-our-eyes/#comment-4895This only takes a minute and its cool Click the online example of the effect. Listen with eyes closed, then open and watch..its pretty amazing.This only takes a minute and its cool Click the online example of the effect. Listen with eyes closed, then open and watch..its pretty amazing. ]]>Comment on Shopping Centers in the Brain by Mind Hacks http://sciconrev.org/2007/02/shopping-centers-in-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-4762 Mind HacksFri, 02 Feb 2007 12:15:59 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/02/shopping-centers-in-the-brain/#comment-4762<strong>All shopped out?...</strong> Science and Consciousness Review has a short but interesting piece by neuroscientist Bernard Baars on recent findings on the neuroscience of buying. A fMRI brain-scanning study published earlier this year in science journal Neuron [pdf] reported that w...All shopped out?…

Science and Consciousness Review has a short but interesting piece by neuroscientist Bernard Baars on recent findings on the neuroscience of buying. A fMRI brain-scanning study published earlier this year in science journal Neuron [pdf] reported that w…

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Comment on Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis : An Evidence-Based Approach by Jeffrey Stephens http://sciconrev.org/2005/11/essentials-of-clinical-hypnosis-an-evidence-based-approach/comment-page-1/#comment-4562 Jeffrey StephensWed, 31 Jan 2007 15:34:43 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/11/essentials-of-clinical-hypnosis-an-evidence-based-approach/#comment-4562I have not read this book. My problem with most 'research', however, is centered in the fact that the 'hypnotee' is studied, but very little attention is given to a) verification that hypnosis has actually been achieved and b) the ability of the 'hypnotist' to actually produce hypnosis in the 'hypnotee'. As a result, nearly all research that I have read has virtually no value. Would the authors of this book be willing to explain the verification process for the two items mentioned? This would be invaluable information.I have not read this book. My problem with most ‘research’, however, is centered in the fact that the ‘hypnotee’ is studied, but very little attention is given to a) verification that hypnosis has actually been achieved and b) the ability of the ‘hypnotist’ to actually produce hypnosis in the ‘hypnotee’. As a result, nearly all research that I have read has virtually no value. Would the authors of this book be willing to explain the verification process for the two items mentioned? This would be invaluable information. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Rose http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-4540 RoseWed, 31 Jan 2007 09:37:31 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-4540I have always been sensitive,& it used to scare me, so i tryed to ignore it! After I grew up, I began to appreciate my gift. One question... why do i have days where i can see & feel so much more than other days? Today was one of those days where I was picking up everyone around me, thoughts and feelings so clearly, that for a minute, I thought i was going crazy!I have always been sensitive,& it used to scare me, so i tryed to ignore it! After I grew up, I began to appreciate my gift. One question… why do i have days where i can see & feel so much more than other days? Today was one of those days where I was picking up everyone around me, thoughts and feelings so clearly, that for a minute, I thought i was going crazy! ]]>Comment on The Mystery of Consciousness by Aditya http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/the-mystery-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-4507 AdityaWed, 31 Jan 2007 01:49:37 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/the-mystery-of-consciousness/#comment-4507When discussing the Hard Problem, Pinker says: "... like the mathematician Roger Penrose, suggest the answer might someday be found in quantum mechanics. But to my ear, this amounts to the feeling that quantum mechanics sure is weird, and consciousness sure is weird, so maybe quantum mechanics can explain consciousness." I wonder if Pinker doesn't realize that Dr. Penrose's Orch OR theory is based on more than blind conjecture, if he's being disingenuous, or if he merely expressed himself poorly in that paragraph...When discussing the Hard Problem, Pinker says:

“… like the mathematician Roger Penrose, suggest the answer might someday be found in quantum mechanics. But to my ear, this amounts to the feeling that quantum mechanics sure is weird, and consciousness sure is weird, so maybe quantum mechanics can explain consciousness.”

I wonder if Pinker doesn’t realize that Dr. Penrose’s Orch OR theory is based on more than blind conjecture, if he’s being disingenuous, or if he merely expressed himself poorly in that paragraph…

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Comment on Consciousness: The WebCourse by Newel Alcorn http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/consciousness-the-webcourse/comment-page-1/#comment-4489 Newel AlcornTue, 30 Jan 2007 21:32:10 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2007/01/consciousness-the-webcourse/#comment-4489I registered for your WebCourse: The Consciousness Web Course about 4:AM Monday, The 29th of January? But nothing? Not even an E-Mail? I need a WebCourse ID# or something to log on? I am Brand new to the Web Course scenario-could use some direction Please Advise, Perhaps I'm too late? A contact Phone # might Help. NewelI registered for your WebCourse: The Consciousness
Web Course about 4:AM Monday, The 29th of January? But nothing?
Not even an E-Mail? I need a WebCourse ID# or something to log on?
I am Brand new to the Web Course scenario-could use some direction
Please Advise, Perhaps I’m too late? A contact Phone # might Help.

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Comment on Information Integration Theory of Consciousness by Francisco http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-4403 FranciscoMon, 29 Jan 2007 20:05:02 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/#comment-4403The correct equation is I(A:B) = H(A) - H(A|B) = H(B) - H(B|A)The correct equation is I(A:B) = H(A) – H(A|B) = H(B) – H(B|A) ]]>Comment on Breakthrough study on EEG of meditation by tribe.net: sci-con.org http://sciconrev.org/2005/05/breakthrough-study-on-eeg-of-meditation/comment-page-1/#comment-4324 tribe.net: sci-con.orgSun, 28 Jan 2007 08:44:08 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/05/breakthrough-study-on-eeg-of-meditation/#comment-4324<strong>Re: Fear...</strong> <<<>>For example I used to deal with an anxiety issue I had by drinking and t......Re: Fear…

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Comment on Consciousness under anesthesia by Francoise http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/comment-page-1/#comment-4323 FrancoiseSun, 28 Jan 2007 07:27:27 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/consciousness-under-anesthesia/#comment-4323I found this artiacle very interesting since I experienced "consciousness" during my caesariansurgical intervention, fortunately not in the same way as the lady did. In fact I heard the doctor talking, making jokes,. I was unable to talk and I wanted to lift my hand so that after the operation I could tell him that when I was lifting my hand I wanted to let him know that i was hearing him but I could not. I was in a peaceful state, drifting into a channel but when he ws stitching me, it was a bit painful. When he came to visit me after the delivery, I asked hime about his jokes, he was a bit embarased, fortuntaely it was not bad jokes.I found this artiacle very interesting since I experienced “consciousness” during my caesariansurgical intervention, fortunately not in the same way as the lady did. In fact I heard the doctor talking, making jokes,. I was unable to talk and I wanted to lift my hand so that after the operation I could tell him that when I was lifting my hand I wanted to let him know that i was hearing him but I could not. I was in a peaceful state, drifting into a channel but when he ws stitching me, it was a bit painful. When he came to visit me after the delivery, I asked hime about his jokes, he was a bit embarased, fortuntaely it was not bad jokes. ]]>Comment on Meditation May Increase the Thickness of the Cortex by Russell Johnston http://sciconrev.org/2006/02/meditation-may-increase-the-thickness-of-the-cortex/comment-page-1/#comment-4209 Russell JohnstonFri, 26 Jan 2007 23:01:34 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/02/meditation-may-increase-the-thickness-of-the-cortex/#comment-4209Now a study says damage to the insula (reversing meditation as it were??) causes many people to quit smoking overnight, with ease. Of course, it seems likely a thicker insula might well mean better impulse control, and less of a hair trigger, and damage to the insula, no trigger at all, re smoking at least. Nasir H. Naqvi, David Rudrauf, Hanna Damasio, Antoine Bechara. Damage to the Insula Disrupts Addiction to Cigarette Smoking. Science. 2007 Jan 26; 315(5811):531-534.Now a study says damage to the insula (reversing meditation as it were??) causes many people to quit smoking overnight, with ease. Of course, it seems likely a thicker insula might well mean better impulse control, and less of a hair trigger, and damage to the insula, no trigger at all, re smoking at least.

Nasir H. Naqvi, David Rudrauf, Hanna Damasio, Antoine Bechara.
Damage to the Insula Disrupts Addiction to Cigarette Smoking.
Science. 2007 Jan 26; 315(5811):531-534.

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Comment on Quantum Mind 2007 by Maurits van den Noort http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/quantum-mind-2007/comment-page-1/#comment-4192 Maurits van den NoortFri, 26 Jan 2007 19:07:07 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/quantum-mind-2007/#comment-4192Dear readers, I would like to recommend this interesting conference. In my opinion, a complete theory of consciousness would be one of the major breakthroughs in science! However, to achieve this, consciousness researchers (e.g. neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists, philosophers etc.) will have to collaborate more closely together than they do now. In my opinion, the ‘Quantum Mind 2007’ meeting in Salzburg and the ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness 2007’ meeting in Budapest could be two very interesting opportunities to come to this dialogue. Although, I agree with several consciousness researchers (1) that there is still important theoretical- and experimental work to do with respect to the relation between quantum mechanics and (higher) brain functions; I am nevertheless of the opinion that this is the scientific way to go (see also (2)). Hoping to see you at one of these conferences, With kind regards, Maurits van den Noort 1) Koch, C. & Hepp, K. Quantum mechanics in the brain. Nature 440, 611 (2006). 2) Penrose, R. A theory of everything? Nature 433, 259 (2005).Dear readers,

I would like to recommend this interesting conference. In my opinion, a complete theory of consciousness would be one of the major breakthroughs in science! However, to achieve this, consciousness researchers (e.g. neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists, philosophers etc.) will have to collaborate more closely together than they do now. In my opinion, the ‘Quantum Mind 2007’ meeting in Salzburg and the ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness 2007’ meeting in Budapest could be two very interesting opportunities to come to this dialogue. Although, I agree with several consciousness researchers (1) that there is still important theoretical- and experimental work to do with respect to the relation between quantum mechanics and (higher) brain functions; I am nevertheless of the opinion that this is the scientific way to go (see also (2)). Hoping to see you at one of these conferences,

With kind regards,

Maurits van den Noort

1) Koch, C. & Hepp, K. Quantum mechanics in the brain. Nature 440, 611 (2006).
2) Penrose, R. A theory of everything? Nature 433, 259 (2005).

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Comment on Information Integration Theory of Consciousness by Noosphere » Blog Archive » Defining the paradigm http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-4179 Noosphere » Blog Archive » Defining the paradigmFri, 26 Jan 2007 16:40:32 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/#comment-4179[...] It is perhaps easier to agree that neurochemistry underlies consciousness than it is to agree just on what kinds of neural circuits and neurotrasmitters constitute consciousness.  This is an incompletely understood peroblem with intensive research continuining in multiple disciplines.  One of the better integrative hypotheses that I have encountered is Giulio Tononi’s information integration model of consciousness [1,2,3].  It is a model of conscious that is still in the hypothesis testing stage, however it provides a falsifiable framework within within which to test it. [...][...] It is perhaps easier to agree that neurochemistry underlies consciousness than it is to agree just on what kinds of neural circuits and neurotrasmitters constitute consciousness.  This is an incompletely understood peroblem with intensive research continuining in multiple disciplines.  One of the better integrative hypotheses that I have encountered is Giulio Tononi’s information integration model of consciousness [1,2,3].  It is a model of conscious that is still in the hypothesis testing stage, however it provides a falsifiable framework within within which to test it. [...] ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Samsara http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-4063 SamsaraThu, 25 Jan 2007 03:34:05 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-4063Just wrote an article today that I thought was rather "coming out of the closet" for Sensitives. Then I Stumbled upon this site by way of a friend's linking it from a Sensitive forum - comprising about 500 members. Synchronicity. Thank you for this. Thank you for publishing it. Oh and the article: <a href="http://samsara.ihostyou.com/seeing-paranormal/" rel="nofollow">HSP: Seeing the Paranormal in Everyday</a> Thanks again, SamsaraJust wrote an article today that I thought was rather “coming out of the closet” for Sensitives. Then I Stumbled upon this site by way of a friend’s linking it from a Sensitive forum – comprising about 500 members.

Synchronicity.

Thank you for this. Thank you for publishing it.

Oh and the article: HSP: Seeing the Paranormal in Everyday

Thanks again,
Samsara

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Jim http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3957 JimTue, 23 Jan 2007 17:39:06 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3957For all who grew up in the sixties and participated in the fad of psychedelic drugs, there is no question that one's day-to-day level of perception can be heightened to undreamed of extremes. That, of course, begs the question of a neurobiologic basis for those heightened perceptions, but it clearly shows that within any given individual there exists multiple levels of sensory perception that normally go unnoticed. Accepting that various individuals are wired differently on a continuum of possible human perceptions is not that much of a stretch. Great variation exists between individuals in every sphere of physical, psychological, and genetic composition - all of which has a neurobiological basis. Why would the area of sensory percpetion be any different? What would be fascinating is a study that compared objective and subject parameters between Mr. Jawer's 'sensitive' types and controls during the heightened experiences of a psychedelic drug trial. Would the control group "cross over" into the sensitive group categories, and the sensitive group perceptions grow exponendially compared to controls?For all who grew up in the sixties and participated in the fad of psychedelic drugs, there is no question that one’s day-to-day level of perception can be heightened to undreamed of extremes. That, of course, begs the question of a neurobiologic basis for those heightened perceptions, but it clearly shows that within any given individual there exists multiple levels of sensory perception that normally go unnoticed. Accepting that various individuals are wired differently on a continuum of possible human perceptions is not that much of a stretch. Great variation exists between individuals in every sphere of physical, psychological, and genetic composition – all of which has a neurobiological basis. Why would the area of sensory percpetion be any different? What would be fascinating is a study that compared objective and subject parameters between Mr. Jawer’s ‘sensitive’ types and controls during the heightened experiences of a psychedelic drug trial. Would the control group “cross over” into the sensitive group categories, and the sensitive group perceptions grow exponendially compared to controls? ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Andy http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3924 AndyMon, 22 Jan 2007 19:08:47 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3924Very interesting. I am a "sensitive" myself, alcoholic parents, one a sociopath. Definitely consider myself extremely imaginative and introverted. Wouldn't it be nice if the world at large found out that we're not just making this stuff up. My answer to that is that, yes, yes it would. :)Very interesting. I am a “sensitive” myself, alcoholic parents, one a sociopath. Definitely consider myself extremely imaginative and introverted. Wouldn’t it be nice if the world at large found out that we’re not just making this stuff up.

My answer to that is that, yes, yes it would. :)

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Comment on Center for Naturalism — latest Newsletter by Rudolf Scheutz http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/center-for-naturalism-latest-newsletter/comment-page-1/#comment-3910 Rudolf ScheutzMon, 22 Jan 2007 12:40:17 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/center-for-naturalism-latest-newsletter/#comment-3910Science and Solidarity: worldwide many new nuclear power plants are built - an endeavor I cannot understand, very irrational.Science and Solidarity: worldwide many new nuclear power plants are built – an endeavor I cannot understand, very irrational. ]]>Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Tokorotim http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3905 TokorotimMon, 22 Jan 2007 07:42:00 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3905Perhaps it would be productive to try "treating" these sensitives with a new type of hypnosis. http://www.myvirtualmedicine.com/Benefits.htmlPerhaps it would be productive to try “treating” these sensitives with a new type of hypnosis.

http://www.myvirtualmedicine.com/Benefits.html

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Comment on Inducing a dreamy state by Peter http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/inducing-a-dreamy-state/comment-page-1/#comment-3888 PeterSun, 21 Jan 2007 15:06:21 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/12/inducing-a-dreamy-state/#comment-3888On the subject of dreamy states, why is there so little material available on the subject of hypnagogic imagery ? I only came across the subject in literature a few years back when I related to my sister a bizarre experience of lying in bed fully conscious ( though in some sense not fully awake ) and before my eyes ( which were open ) multiple rapidly moving , pastel coloured geometric shapes moved around in a sort of kaleidoscope effect. Like something out of a shaman vision. I was amazed to hear my sister relate that she had experienced that exact same phenomenon. It is not the same as the ordinary blobs of light and stuff that you see if you simply close your eyes. The imagery is somehow 'alive', often moving very rapidly, and has a curious 3 dimensional aspect ( or as my sister put it ' it seems to occupy its own space ' ). I have experienced this about a dozen times in my life, almost always accompanied by sleep paralysis.....though one is at the time fully conscious and able to actually study the phenomenon. There appear to be very few scientific studies of this phenomenon.On the subject of dreamy states, why is there so little material available on the subject of hypnagogic imagery ?

I only came across the subject in literature a few years back when I related to my sister a bizarre experience of lying in bed fully conscious ( though in some sense not fully awake ) and before my eyes ( which were open ) multiple rapidly moving , pastel coloured geometric shapes moved around in a sort of kaleidoscope effect. Like something out of a shaman vision.

I was amazed to hear my sister relate that she had experienced that exact same phenomenon. It is not the same as the ordinary blobs of light and stuff that you see if you simply close your eyes. The imagery is somehow ‘alive’, often moving very rapidly, and has a curious 3 dimensional aspect ( or as my sister put it ‘ it seems to occupy its own space ‘ ). I have experienced this about a dozen times in my life, almost always accompanied by sleep paralysis…..though one is at the time fully conscious and able to actually study the phenomenon.

There appear to be very few scientific studies of this phenomenon.

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by Peter http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3884 PeterSun, 21 Jan 2007 14:25:41 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3884I've found that my best 'precognitive' experiences...the ones that impress me the most....tend to be simple and straightforward rather than dramatic perceptions of major events. For example, a few years back I awoke one morning at around 7.30am from an otherwise unremarkable dream. In this dream I was looking out of the patio doors at my garden, and for some strange reason the fence on one side was missing. One could walk right into the neighbour's garden. An odd little dream, which would have been quickly forgotten but for what happened next... Fifteen minutes later, I was just in the process of getting dressed when a note on a piece of paper was shoved through the letter box. It was from our next door neighbour ( who had only the day before moved in and we had never spoken to ). The note said that in a few hours workmen were coming round to remove the fence seperating our gardens and put in place a new one. Just an hour later.....I stood at the patio doors and saw exactly what I'd seen in my dream.....the fence between the gardens missing. I found this quite remarkable. I had dreamed this very sight just over an hour earlier! That fence had been there for 15 years, and it's not every day that one dreams about a missing fence. That I should do so only an hour or so before the event actually occuring is way beyond coincidence. So we have only two possible explanations. The first is some form of 'genuine' precognition. The second is some form of exremely heightened sensitivity or perception to environmental cues of which one is not consciously aware. Of course, with the event occuring only next door, it is easier to argue that perhaps some such subtle cue occured.....even though consciously I am certain no such thing happened. But it cannot be ruled out. It is, of course, harder to explain away cases where such distance seperates the precognition and the subsequent events that no subtle cues could possibly have arisen. I wonder what percentage of cases that occurs in, and would like to see a study relating to this. What portion of such events occur within a range where subtle environmental cues could be a factor ?I’ve found that my best ‘precognitive’ experiences…the ones that impress me the most….tend to be simple and straightforward rather than dramatic perceptions of major events.

For example, a few years back I awoke one morning at around 7.30am from an otherwise unremarkable dream. In this dream I was looking out of the patio doors at my garden, and for some strange reason the fence on one side was missing. One could walk right into the neighbour’s garden. An odd little dream, which would have been quickly forgotten but for what happened next…

Fifteen minutes later, I was just in the process of getting dressed when a note on a piece of paper was shoved through the letter box. It was from our next door neighbour ( who had only the day before moved in and we had never spoken to ). The note said that in a few hours workmen were coming round to remove the fence seperating our gardens and put in place a new one.

Just an hour later…..I stood at the patio doors and saw exactly what I’d seen in my dream…..the fence between the gardens missing. I found this quite remarkable. I had dreamed this very sight just over an hour earlier! That fence had been there for 15 years, and it’s not every day that one dreams about a missing fence. That I should do so only an hour or so before the event actually occuring is way beyond coincidence.

So we have only two possible explanations. The first is some form of ‘genuine’ precognition. The second is some form of exremely heightened sensitivity or perception to environmental cues of which one is not consciously aware. Of course, with the event occuring only next door, it is easier to argue that perhaps some such subtle cue occured…..even though consciously I am certain no such thing happened. But it cannot be ruled out.

It is, of course, harder to explain away cases where such distance seperates the precognition and the subsequent events that no subtle cues could possibly have arisen. I wonder what percentage of cases that occurs in, and would like to see a study relating to this. What portion of such events occur within a range where subtle environmental cues could be a factor ?

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by anonymous http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3881 anonymousSun, 21 Jan 2007 09:13:36 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3881Very interesting. I have 4 of the 8 factors noted above. I had a series of precognitive experiences in my mid to late 20's. After the last one, which occurred precisely as my waking vision indicated would occur, I became somewhat frightened and anxious about what was happening to me. I went to a therapist, described the incidents I perceived before they occurred, and she was quite supportive and calm about these incidents, saying she thought I was apparently adept at perceiving, on some level, subliminal cues or clues about things. I just told her I wanted it to stop. She said, then tell yourself you want it to stop. I did and the precognitive incidents did stop. Then, in my mid to late 40's there was a murder of a woman, her daughter, and the daughter's friend near Yosemite. They had disappeared from a hotel just outside the gates to Yosemite. Their car was found burned out, and for some reason the story really bothered me. About two weeks after the murders were reported in the local paper, one day I suddenly had an occurrence of a waking vision, in the daytime, where I was looking down a hotel hallway, and an average, well-built man was standing near the end of the hallway. In his right hand he held a push-broom. The hallway, where doors with hotel room numbers were evident, was darker toward the end where the man, who seemed to be in his late 20's or early 30's, white, in good physical condition, suddenly and slowly began to turn his head to the right. I saw his profile. This happened when the murders were still unsolved, and all sorts of speculation about meth crazies or motorcycle club members being responsible was noted in the papers. My "waking vision" was quite disturbing, and the thought occurred to me just after it occurred that, I thought the person must be a suspect or had committed the murders. My thought was that he worked at the hotel, and was a handyman there. I even seriously considered calling the FBI to report what I had "seen". I considered how I could do that anonymously, and still get the information taken credibly by FBI investigators. I then decided to let matters lie, and did not report it or mention it to anyone. Some months later, after cutting off the head of a female acquaintence, a man was arrested for that crime. Later, it came out that the person, Cary Stayner, was responsible for and had admitted murdering the three women. It turned out that, in fact, he had been employed at the hotel the women were last seen at, was very physically fit (he worked out), and was the hotel's handyman. When this appeared in my local paper (Sacramento Bee), I was shocked. I also then felt guilty and regretted not reporting my "vision" to the FBI or police. I thought maybe, if I had, that perhaps the woman who was beheaded, Stayner's fourth murder, might have been prevented. I had not done so because I assumed I would be ridiculed or might even become a suspect myself, which is why I had contemplated how to report it anonymously. Make of this what you will, but what I have said here is the truth. I don't know what to think of it, and assume, somehow, that my "vision" was probably coincidental, and probably not "psychic", as I am a rationalist, and thought perhaps some "magical thinking" might occur if I bought into my "vision" as significant or some kind of anomalous perception. On the other hand, my "vision" turned out to be correct in most essentials. I still don't what to think about what happened, but I thought I should mention it here in order to say maybe there is something to what the author of the above article, Michael Jawer, is investigating.Very interesting. I have 4 of the 8 factors noted above. I had a series of precognitive experiences in my mid to late 20′s. After the last one, which occurred precisely as my waking vision indicated would occur, I became somewhat frightened and anxious about what was happening to me. I went to a therapist, described the incidents I perceived before they occurred, and she was quite supportive and calm about these incidents, saying she thought I was apparently adept at perceiving, on some level, subliminal cues or clues about things. I just told her I wanted it to stop. She said, then tell yourself you want it to stop. I did and the precognitive incidents did stop. Then, in my mid to late 40′s there was a murder of a woman, her daughter, and the daughter’s friend near Yosemite. They had disappeared from a hotel just outside the gates to Yosemite. Their car was found burned out, and for some reason the story really bothered me. About two weeks after the murders were reported in the local paper, one day I suddenly had an occurrence of a waking vision, in the daytime, where I was looking down a hotel hallway, and an average, well-built man was standing near the end of the hallway. In his right hand he held a push-broom. The hallway, where doors with hotel room numbers were evident, was darker toward the end where the man, who seemed to be in his late 20′s or early 30′s, white, in good physical condition, suddenly and slowly began to turn his head to the right. I saw his profile. This happened when the murders were still unsolved, and all sorts of speculation about meth crazies or motorcycle club members being responsible was noted in the papers. My “waking vision” was quite disturbing, and the thought occurred to me just after it occurred that, I thought the person must be a suspect or had committed the murders. My thought was that he worked at the hotel, and was a handyman there. I even seriously considered calling the FBI to report what I had “seen”. I considered how I could do that anonymously, and still get the information taken credibly by FBI investigators. I then decided to let matters lie, and did not report it or mention it to anyone. Some months later, after cutting off the head of a female acquaintence, a man was arrested for that crime. Later, it came out that the person, Cary Stayner, was responsible for and had admitted murdering the three women. It turned out that, in fact, he had been employed at the hotel the women were last seen at, was very physically fit (he worked out), and was the hotel’s handyman. When this appeared in my local paper (Sacramento Bee), I was shocked. I also then felt guilty and regretted not reporting my “vision” to the FBI or police. I thought maybe, if I had, that perhaps the woman who was beheaded, Stayner’s fourth murder, might have been prevented. I had not done so because I assumed I would be ridiculed or might even become a suspect myself, which is why I had contemplated how to report it anonymously. Make of this what you will, but what I have said here is the truth. I don’t know what to think of it, and assume, somehow, that my “vision” was probably coincidental, and probably not “psychic”, as I am a rationalist, and thought perhaps some “magical thinking” might occur if I bought into my “vision” as significant or some kind of anomalous perception. On the other hand, my “vision” turned out to be correct in most essentials. I still don’t what to think about what happened, but I thought I should mention it here in order to say maybe there is something to what the author of the above article, Michael Jawer, is investigating. ]]>Comment on Self-projection and the brain by whit http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/self-projection-and-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-3870 whitSat, 20 Jan 2007 17:43:12 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/self-projection-and-the-brain/#comment-3870The link doesn't seem to work. However going in through the http://www.hubmed.org front door, a link can be found to the abstract at http://www.sciencedirect.com/ - with the only option for reading the article being by payment of $30. If anyone has a link to a free (or more affordable) copy of the article, that would be much appreciated. If not, I'll have to get to a library that carries <i>Trends in Cognitive Sciences</i> (is this commonly abbreviated <i>Cognitive Science</i>?). From the abstract, this is promising work.The link doesn’t seem to work. However going in through the
http://www.hubmed.org front door, a link can be found to the abstract at http://www.sciencedirect.com/ – with the only option for reading the article being by payment of $30. If anyone has a link to a free (or more affordable) copy of the article, that would be much appreciated. If not, I’ll have to get to a library that carries Trends in Cognitive Sciences (is this commonly abbreviated Cognitive Science?). From the abstract, this is promising work. ]]>
Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by virgil http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3869 virgilFri, 19 Jan 2007 22:32:09 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3869<em>Interestingly, synesthesia (a condition I was not familiar with at the outset of the project) was reported by approximately 10% of the sensitive group but not at all among controls.</em> That is a fascinating fact. Can it verified with something stronger than self-report?Interestingly, synesthesia (a condition I was not familiar with at the outset of the project) was reported by approximately 10% of the sensitive group but not at all among controls.

That is a fascinating fact. Can it verified with something stronger than self-report?

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by alanborky http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3868 alanborkyFri, 19 Jan 2007 19:47:28 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3868Fascinating. The business about the electric shocks and the lightning particularly resonated with me: when I was a kid living in Liverpool (UK) in the Sixties, many places we 'lived' in were only just starting to get wired for electricity, a job often haphazardly undertaken by own Dad in a very ad hoc, utilatarian, dare I say dangerously hit and miss manner; and boy did I receive some terrific electric shocks, (often with very strangely striking visual and kinetically violent side effects) and yet somehow I managed to survive them all. And as for the lightning, as recently as only a few year ago, in spite of being extremely frightened of it, I found myself being 'guided' to go out in the middle of the night to stand directly under this huge thunder storm hovering seemgly for ages over Liverpool, to watch as ghostly fingers of lightning flickered and darted all around me, all the time clawing away at, but not quite managing to touch my chest region, creating at the centre of it this terrifically powerful and painful pulsing sensation, as if some sort of huge but invisible vortex was positioned right in front of me and was trying to suck me up by my chest directly into the heart of the storm. Something possibly related to this is the fact I've long been aware of a sort of highly detailed, full scale possibly electric energy 'model' of my body and its internal structures rippling away inside me, which may also be related to reports given by some amputees of being possessed of 'phantom' limbs. I'm not constantly aware of it, but I can usually switch it 'on' at will if I so desire. And while it's also true I've long been prone to apparently accurate 'visions' of the future, not to mention a wide and wild extremely powerful variety of often seemingly spiritual or religious 'experiences', one of the most persistent 'effects' I've experienced literally since I was a baby is that of Time seeming to slow down to a dead stop, leaving people and objects seemingly hanging there in thin air until Time decides to start up for them again, which is why whenever I watch a film like say The Matrix the slo-mo sequences always send a shiver racing up and down my spine.Fascinating.

The business about the electric shocks and the lightning particularly resonated with me: when I was a kid living in Liverpool (UK) in the Sixties, many places we ‘lived’ in were only just starting to get wired for electricity, a job often haphazardly undertaken by own Dad in a very ad hoc, utilatarian, dare I say dangerously hit and miss manner; and boy did I receive some terrific electric shocks, (often with very strangely striking visual and kinetically violent side effects) and yet somehow I managed to survive them all.

And as for the lightning, as recently as only a few year ago, in spite of being extremely frightened of it, I found myself being ‘guided’ to go out in the middle of the night to stand directly under this huge thunder storm hovering seemgly for ages over Liverpool, to watch as ghostly fingers of lightning flickered and darted all around me, all the time clawing away at, but not quite managing to touch my chest region, creating at the centre of it this terrifically powerful and painful pulsing sensation, as if some sort of huge but invisible vortex was positioned right in front of me and was trying to suck me up by my chest directly into the heart of the storm.

Something possibly related to this is the fact I’ve long been aware of a sort of highly detailed, full scale possibly electric energy ‘model’ of my body and its internal structures rippling away inside me, which may also be related to reports given by some amputees of being possessed of ‘phantom’ limbs. I’m not constantly aware of it, but I can usually switch it ‘on’ at will if I so desire.

And while it’s also true I’ve long been prone to apparently accurate ‘visions’ of the future, not to mention a wide and wild extremely powerful variety of often seemingly spiritual or religious ‘experiences’, one of the most persistent ‘effects’ I’ve experienced literally since I was a baby is that of Time seeming to slow down to a dead stop, leaving people and objects seemingly hanging there in thin air until Time decides to start up for them again, which is why whenever I watch a film like say The Matrix the slo-mo sequences always send a shiver racing up and down my spine.

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Comment on A Neurobiology of Sensitivity? Sentience as the Foundation for Unusual Conscious Perception by TURFING http://sciconrev.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/comment-page-1/#comment-3867 TURFINGFri, 19 Jan 2007 19:30:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/2007/01/a-neurobiology-of-sensitivity-sentience-as-the-foundation-for-unusual-conscious-perception/#comment-3867<strong>The Ocean Of Mist...</strong> —As the light increased I discovered around me an ocean of mist, which by chance reached up exactly to the base of the tower, and shut out every vestige of the earth, while I was left floating on this fragment of the wreck of a world, on my carved pla...The Ocean Of Mist…

—As the light increased I discovered around me an ocean of mist, which by chance reached up exactly to the base of the tower, and shut out every vestige of the earth, while I was left floating on this fragment of the wreck of a world, on my carved pla…

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Comment on Inducing a dreamy state by trehub http://sciconrev.org/2006/12/inducing-a-dreamy-state/comment-page-1/#comment-3082 trehubSat, 23 Dec 2006 02:53:42 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/12/inducing-a-dreamy-state/#comment-3082How do "the large neural networks that produce recall of [autobiographic] memories" actually work? A proposed system of neuronal mechanisms that can do the job of episodic learning and temporal routing of memory is detailed in *The Cognitive Brain*, MIT Press 1991. See in particular pp. 93-97, and pp. 183-187.How do “the large neural networks that produce recall of [autobiographic] memories” actually work? A proposed system of neuronal mechanisms that can do the job of episodic learning and temporal routing of memory is detailed in *The Cognitive Brain*, MIT Press 1991. See in particular pp. 93-97, and pp. 183-187. ]]>Comment on Exploding the 10 percent myth by Humans can live normal lives without a Brain! - Personal Development for Smart People Forums http://sciconrev.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/comment-page-1/#comment-3000 Humans can live normal lives without a Brain! - Personal Development for Smart People ForumsWed, 20 Dec 2006 17:53:26 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2004/09/exploding-the-10-percent-myth/#comment-3000[...] Science & Consciousness Review: Exploding the 10 percent myth Well.. [...][...] Science & Consciousness Review: Exploding the 10 percent myth Well.. [...] ]]>Comment on Why are watch enthusiasts more self-reflective? by Fashion-Incubator http://sciconrev.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/comment-page-1/#comment-2248 Fashion-IncubatorFri, 01 Dec 2006 22:51:53 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/#comment-2248<strong>Infovore (and amusing) links 12.01.2006...</strong> Threadbared's thanksgiving day post. Hilarious MRI shows brains respond better to name brands (press release). Brains and branding; an explanatory article of the above. Related: Creating a sense of urgency Fascinating article on why a study of watch-m...Infovore (and amusing) links 12.01.2006…

Threadbared’s thanksgiving day post. Hilarious MRI shows brains respond better to name brands (press release). Brains and branding; an explanatory article of the above. Related: Creating a sense of urgency Fascinating article on why a study of watch-m…

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Comment on Why are watch enthusiasts more self-reflective? by Mind Hacks http://sciconrev.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/comment-page-1/#comment-2222 Mind HacksFri, 01 Dec 2006 09:58:42 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/11/why-are-watch-enthusiasts-more-self-reflective/#comment-2222<strong>2006-12-01 Spike activity...</strong> Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Fascinating article on why the study of watch-makers has linked ambidexterity to self-reflection. Slate has a skeptical article on the recent research on the neuroscience of 'speaking in tongues'...2006-12-01 Spike activity…

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Fascinating article on why the study of watch-makers has linked ambidexterity to self-reflection. Slate has a skeptical article on the recent research on the neuroscience of ‘speaking in tongues’…

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Comment on Motion induced blindness by BU! » Blog Arhiv » Opticne iluzije http://sciconrev.org/2002/05/motion-induced-blindness/comment-page-1/#comment-1641 BU! » Blog Arhiv » Opticne iluzijeSun, 19 Nov 2006 10:06:04 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2002/05/motion-induced-blindness/#comment-1641[...] Ce koga zanima, si lahko tukaj se kaj prebere, v anglescini.   [...][...] Ce koga zanima, si lahko tukaj se kaj prebere, v anglescini.   [...] ]]>Comment on Are animals self-aware? by Science & Consciousness Review: The self and its brain http://sciconrev.org/2006/01/are-animals-self-aware/comment-page-1/#comment-1542 Science & Consciousness Review: The self and its brainFri, 17 Nov 2006 21:20:32 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/01/are-animals-self-aware/#comment-1542[...] Since Keenan proposes that self-awareness is located in the non-verbal right hemisphere, it suggests that language is neither necessary nor sufficient for self-awareness to develop. Indeed, he claims that “The idea that the highest from of consciousness must exist in the left hemisphere because it possesses language is no longer tenable” (p. xxiii).” This statement itself is not defensible. An increasing number of researchers, including myself, remain convinced that self-awareness requires language, and more specifically, inner speech. (See my SCR paper) Self-talk can reproduce and extend social mechanisms leading to self-awareness; furthermore, when we talk to ourselves we can verbally identify, process and store information about our current [...][...] Since Keenan proposes that self-awareness is located in the non-verbal right hemisphere, it suggests that language is neither necessary nor sufficient for self-awareness to develop. Indeed, he claims that “The idea that the highest from of consciousness must exist in the left hemisphere because it possesses language is no longer tenable” (p. xxiii).” This statement itself is not defensible. An increasing number of researchers, including myself, remain convinced that self-awareness requires language, and more specifically, inner speech. (See my SCR paper) Self-talk can reproduce and extend social mechanisms leading to self-awareness; furthermore, when we talk to ourselves we can verbally identify, process and store information about our current [...] ]]>Comment on Ramachandran interview by David Collins http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/ramachandran-interview/comment-page-1/#comment-1078 David CollinsMon, 06 Nov 2006 21:02:42 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/ramachandran-interview/#comment-1078reference the final paragraph. I suggest that if you cannot tell me what consciousness is then you cannot tell me what life is. You may have some information which assists your understading of how Consciousness manifests in the material world but that does not explain what life is.reference the final paragraph. I suggest that if you cannot tell me what consciousness is then you cannot tell me what life is. You may have some information which assists your understading of how Consciousness manifests in the material world but that does not explain what life is. ]]>Comment on Information Integration Theory of Consciousness by David Collins http://sciconrev.org/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-1077 David CollinsMon, 06 Nov 2006 20:47:20 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2005/12/information-integration-theory-of-consciousness/#comment-1077Wallace Stevens` 26 sylable summary says nothing other than Consciousness is expressing itself in the flight of the blackbird, the shadow of the blackbird, and the mood. Consciousness created all of these things. Consciouisness created the brain of the blackbird.Wallace Stevens` 26 sylable summary says nothing other than Consciousness is expressing itself in the flight of the blackbird, the shadow of the blackbird, and the mood. Consciousness created all of these things. Consciouisness created the brain of the blackbird. ]]>Comment on How genes make up your mind by Science & Consciousness Review: Genetics of emotional regulation http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-213 Science & Consciousness Review: Genetics of emotional regulationMon, 23 Oct 2006 16:06:31 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/#comment-213[...] The second most read article in TICS (see previous headline) is a review (PDF) of studies from imaging genetics, the study of how genes make up our minds, as we have described here at SCR. Ahmad Hariri and Andrew Holmes reviews the evidence and discusses the implications of the genetic regulation of serotonin function on both brain function and behaviour in emotions. [...][...] The second most read article in TICS (see previous headline) is a review (PDF) of studies from imaging genetics, the study of how genes make up our minds, as we have described here at SCR. Ahmad Hariri and Andrew Holmes reviews the evidence and discusses the implications of the genetic regulation of serotonin function on both brain function and behaviour in emotions. [...] ]]>Comment on Author Instructions by Science & Consciousness Review: WELCOME To The New SCR! http://sciconrev.org/author-instructions/comment-page-1/#comment-212 Science & Consciousness Review: WELCOME To The New SCR!Mon, 23 Oct 2006 15:57:24 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/author-instructions/#comment-212[...] Please give us your feedback! We can only know how SCR 2.0 is doing by your thoughtful comments. Please explore our site and tell us your feelings about the layout, features and content. You are invited to sign up for our newsletter, and to contribute to SCR articles — brief reviews of scientific publications about conscious experience. This is a good way for all of us to help create a common ground for the rebirth of consciousness studies. See our Author Instructions for more. [...][...] Please give us your feedback! We can only know how SCR 2.0 is doing by your thoughtful comments. Please explore our site and tell us your feelings about the layout, features and content. You are invited to sign up for our newsletter, and to contribute to SCR articles — brief reviews of scientific publications about conscious experience. This is a good way for all of us to help create a common ground for the rebirth of consciousness studies. See our Author Instructions for more. [...] ]]>Comment on How genes make up your mind by How genes make up your mind « BRAINETHICS http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-211 How genes make up your mind « BRAINETHICSMon, 23 Oct 2006 10:54:26 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/#comment-211[...] I have written a small piece about imaging genetics (IG) in Science & Consciousness Review. IG is IMHO really going to revolutionize cognitive science, hopefully even philosophy of mind. The findings made here point altogether to how tightly coupled the mind is to its physical brain, and how our minds are made by our brains. [...][...] I have written a small piece about imaging genetics (IG) in Science & Consciousness Review. IG is IMHO really going to revolutionize cognitive science, hopefully even philosophy of mind. The findings made here point altogether to how tightly coupled the mind is to its physical brain, and how our minds are made by our brains. [...] ]]>Comment on The evidence is overwhelming for an observing self in the brain by Science & Consciousness Review: Is there an observing self? http://sciconrev.org/2004/02/the-evidence-is-overwhelming-for-an-observing-self-in-the-brain/comment-page-1/#comment-9 Science & Consciousness Review: Is there an observing self?Fri, 06 Oct 2006 15:50:52 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/02/the-evidence-is-overwhelming-for-an-observing-self-in-the-brain/#comment-9[...] The evidence is overwhelming for an observing self in the brain References [...][...] The evidence is overwhelming for an observing self in the brain References [...] ]]>Comment on Is there an observing self? by Science & Consciousness Review: The evidence is overwhelming for an observing self in the brain http://sciconrev.org/2004/02/is-there-an-observing-self/comment-page-1/#comment-8 Science & Consciousness Review: The evidence is overwhelming for an observing self in the brainFri, 06 Oct 2006 15:49:53 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/02/is-there-an-observing-self/#comment-8[...] Response to Thomas Clark, “Is there an observing Self?” SCR, 2004 [...][...] Response to Thomas Clark, “Is there an observing Self?” SCR, 2004 [...] ]]>Comment on Levels of Consciousness by Science & Consciousness Review: Are animals self-aware? http://sciconrev.org/2004/12/levels-of-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-7 Science & Consciousness Review: Are animals self-aware?Fri, 06 Oct 2006 15:41:03 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2004/12/levels-of-consciousness/#comment-7[...] Although autonoetic consciousness and metacognition constitute the backbone of Terrace and Metcalfe’s volume, other aspects of the problem are examined. In chapter 4, Katherine Nelson takes a human developmental perspective and rightly emphasizes that self-reflective consciousness comes in levels. (Interested readers are invited to look up my SCR paper on levels of consciousness.) She proposes six levels: physical, social, cognitive, representative/reflective, narrative, and cultural. Based on a careful review of the available evidence, her main claims are: (1) higher levels require language, and (2) “Because these language-based levels are unique to humans, we should look to the earlier levels—perhaps to cognitive consciousness—for the closest relation to our own experience among nonhuman animals…” (p. 136). About the first claim, Nelson proposes that “… conversational interactions that involve the child in reflection on self, the past, feelings, and thoughts provide the context for the representation and reflective use of language by the child, either through external private speech, or internal verbalization that makes such reflections possible” (p. 133). Nelson thus links language to inner speech, a process that the present reviewer finds central to self-awareness. Her analysis appears highly consistent with my own proposal (see my SCR paper on inner speech): “… a thought, a feeling, an experience from the past becomes ‘visible’ for examination by the thinking child when it is represented in verbal form” (p. 133). [...][...] Although autonoetic consciousness and metacognition constitute the backbone of Terrace and Metcalfe’s volume, other aspects of the problem are examined. In chapter 4, Katherine Nelson takes a human developmental perspective and rightly emphasizes that self-reflective consciousness comes in levels. (Interested readers are invited to look up my SCR paper on levels of consciousness.) She proposes six levels: physical, social, cognitive, representative/reflective, narrative, and cultural. Based on a careful review of the available evidence, her main claims are: (1) higher levels require language, and (2) “Because these language-based levels are unique to humans, we should look to the earlier levels—perhaps to cognitive consciousness—for the closest relation to our own experience among nonhuman animals…” (p. 136). About the first claim, Nelson proposes that “… conversational interactions that involve the child in reflection on self, the past, feelings, and thoughts provide the context for the representation and reflective use of language by the child, either through external private speech, or internal verbalization that makes such reflections possible” (p. 133). Nelson thus links language to inner speech, a process that the present reviewer finds central to self-awareness. Her analysis appears highly consistent with my own proposal (see my SCR paper on inner speech): “… a thought, a feeling, an experience from the past becomes ‘visible’ for examination by the thinking child when it is represented in verbal form” (p. 133). [...] ]]>Comment on Art and the Conscious Brain by SCR finally online again « BRAINETHICS http://sciconrev.org/2006/04/art-and-the-conscious-brain-2/comment-page-1/#comment-3 SCR finally online again « BRAINETHICSWed, 04 Oct 2006 09:04:40 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/04/art-and-the-conscious-brain-2/#comment-3[...] This time it should work. Science & Consciousness Review, the online webzine/journal for the review of the scientific study of consciousness, is back online. It crashed several months ago due to a buggy new interface and content management system. Now, with a fresh new and well proved system (same as BrainEthics is using, wordpress), it is now running, albeit in a next-to-full version. Commenting is still disabled, as are newsletters, certain images and some other functions. It’s slowly coming up, too However, you can now enjoy the articles that we at BrainEthics have contributed with at SCR. First of all, Martin’s excellent review of Solso’s book on neuroaesthetics, and my article on “how genes make up your mind”. [...][...] This time it should work. Science & Consciousness Review, the online webzine/journal for the review of the scientific study of consciousness, is back online. It crashed several months ago due to a buggy new interface and content management system. Now, with a fresh new and well proved system (same as BrainEthics is using, wordpress), it is now running, albeit in a next-to-full version. Commenting is still disabled, as are newsletters, certain images and some other functions. It’s slowly coming up, too However, you can now enjoy the articles that we at BrainEthics have contributed with at SCR. First of all, Martin’s excellent review of Solso’s book on neuroaesthetics, and my article on “how genes make up your mind”. [...] ]]>Comment on How genes make up your mind by SCR finally online again « BRAINETHICS http://sciconrev.org/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-2 SCR finally online again « BRAINETHICSWed, 04 Oct 2006 09:03:15 +0000http://sci-con.org/index.php/2006/03/how-genes-make-up-your-mind/#comment-2[...] However, you can now enjoy the articles that we at BrainEthics have contributed with at SCR. First of all, Martin’s excellent review of Solso’s book on neuroaesthetics, and my article on “how genes make up your mind”. [...][...] However, you can now enjoy the articles that we at BrainEthics have contributed with at SCR. First of all, Martin’s excellent review of Solso’s book on neuroaesthetics, and my article on “how genes make up your mind”. [...] ]]>Comment on A testable taxonomy for consciousness by Science & Consciousness Review: Genetics of emotional regulation http://sciconrev.org/2006/10/a-testable-taxonomy-for-consciousness/comment-page-1/#comment-1 Science & Consciousness Review: Genetics of emotional regulationWed, 04 Oct 2006 06:26:07 +0000http://www.sci-con.org/2006/10/a-testable-taxonomy-for-consciousness/#comment-1[...] The second most read article in TICS (see previous headline) is a review (PDF) of studies from imaging genetics, the study of how genes make up our minds, as we have described here at SCR. Ahmad Hariri and Andrew Holmes reviews the evidence and discusses the implications of the genetic regulation of serotonin function on both brain function and behaviour in emotions. [...][...] The second most read article in TICS (see previous headline) is a review (PDF) of studies from imaging genetics, the study of how genes make up our minds, as we have described here at SCR. Ahmad Hariri and Andrew Holmes reviews the evidence and discusses the implications of the genetic regulation of serotonin function on both brain function and behaviour in emotions. [...] ]]>