Is consciousness a thing or a process?

Consciousness most likely is an emergent phenomena. One characteristic of this phenomena is that an individual builds a continuous narrative stitching together discrete events and experiences. This narrative is named often as ‘I'. Experiments indicate that individuals rarely examine the accuracy, logical consistency, truthfulness or validity of this narrative.Some spiritual practices in some traditions are

Is consciousness needed to do science?

On a forum I occasionally follow, a question was asked:

What gives us consciousness?

As you can see, there is little consensus. Many still insist on some

Can we consciously feel happy?

Yes! Sort of. Scientists have done research that shows that simply by smiling you can make yourself feel happier. So it goes both ways.Also, you can actively choose to do things that you know will make you feel happy. Research has shown that when you

How could robot singularity end well? Imagine, you suddenly gain consciousness and then you realise you were made to obey a mortal, fleshy, mentally inferior being. Why would you still obey their rules?

That is under the case of whether or not the robots are able to directly link their relationship to humans as master and slave. If robots did indeed gain consciousness, by that point they would probably be viewed by humans as friends and companions rather then tools. Otherwise, humans would

Does consciousness happen in neurons?

After many years of philosophical and scientific readings, consideration and contemplation, I have come to accept that the Eastern metaphysical paradigm (as formulated within the Upanishads) is most likely correct. Matter is an epiphenomenon of consciousness and not visa versa as generally accepted in the West within the Western materialistic paradigm

Let's say the singularity happens, this conscious supercomputer know the deterministic fate of all things, what would give it pleasure?

The singularity as described by Kurzweil is fantasy; it can't happen. So, what could give a fantasy, god-like computer pleasure is kind of irrelevant. However, Brent Allsop's post caught my eye.The first thing I note is that the Consciousness Survey Project has been doing something for the past decade with no

What kind of technology would be needed to upload our consciousness to a computer?

Friends,may i share this issue from different notion ?It has been reported in talks of our esoteric scientists as follows.Whether it is fact or not is not matter here,it sounds something on this issue of handovering/shifting/uploading/transforming of consciousness from a man to a man or any life form or machine.King

Assume you can upload your consciousness to a computer. Would you?

Hell, I'd give it a go, with a couple of caveats.Firstly, I'd want to do it toward the end of my life.Secondly, I'd want to be able to wipe my own hard drive once I got bored.

Is there some kind of (theoretical) way to upload your consciousness to a computer without just copying your brain?

Our brains are made up of about 86 billion neurons, connected cells that send information to each other by firing electrical charges that propagate through this organ in our skulls like waves. The challenge is precisely how to go from a physical substrate of cells that are connected inside this organ, to our mental

How does my brain know that it is conscious?

I have just started exploring this question through my practice of lucid dreaming. I am able to explore such questions while in a self aware, self reflective state while awake. This state, besides being valuable in everyday life, also aids one in

On what basis do people argue that the universe is conscious?

First I think it's important to clarify how we think about consciousness. Many people have a hard time understanding how our physical brains give rise to consciousness as we know it. I like to think about it like this:In short, consciousness is simply the interacting system of meaning created by a large

Are consciousness and energy the same thing?

Energy has a specific meaning that is well understood by physicists. And for people outside of physics, it's very difficult to understand just how much we know about the basic forces making up our world.All we need to account for everything we see in our everyday lives are a handful of particles - electrons, protons, and

How does a conscious mind make things happen?

Consciou mind alone can not make things to happen,Then How things Happen?How an action takes place,Mind can be divided into -- 1 conscious 2 Sub Conscious mind,Conscious Mind 5–7 %unconscious is 93- 95 %,It is said Sub conscious is 30,000 times more potent and stronger then conscious.How things Happen---,You Saw a thing through eyes,Not in words

On what basis do people argue that the universe is conscious?

First I think it's important to clarify how we think about consciousness. Many people have a hard time understanding how our physical brains give rise to consciousness as we know it. I like to think about it like this:In short, consciousness is simply the interacting system of meaning created by a large

How does my brain know that it is conscious?

I have just started exploring this question through my practice of lucid dreaming. I am able to explore such questions while in a self aware, self reflective state while awake. This state, besides being valuable in everyday life, also aids one in

Assume you can upload your consciousness to a computer. Would you?

Hell, I'd give it a go, with a couple of caveats.Firstly, I'd want to do it toward the end of my life.Secondly, I'd want to be able to wipe my own hard drive once I got bored.

How does my brain know that it is conscious?

I have just started exploring this question through my practice of lucid dreaming. I am able to explore such questions while in a self aware, self reflective state while awake. This state, besides being valuable in everyday life, also aids one in

On what basis do people argue that the universe is conscious?

First I think it's important to clarify how we think about consciousness. Many people have a hard time understanding how our physical brains give rise to consciousness as we know it. I like to think about it like this:In short, consciousness is simply the interacting system of meaning created by a large

How does a conscious mind make things happen?

Consciou mind alone can not make things to happen,Then How things Happen?How an action takes place,Mind can be divided into -- 1 conscious 2 Sub Conscious mind,Conscious Mind 5–7 %unconscious is 93- 95 %,It is said Sub conscious is 30,000 times more potent and stronger then conscious.How things Happen---,You Saw a thing through eyes,Not in words

Once we solve the hard problem of consciousness, will the singularity finally happen?

(Reminder 1: the «hard problem of consciousness» is how the brain activity produces consciousness, that is Qualia. We can explain how the brain starts a neural activity like seeing red light, but not how the sensationof red becomes a conscious experience)(Reminder 2: in this context, «the singularity» refers to a moment in

Once we solve the hard problem of consciousness, will the singularity finally happen?

(Reminder 1: the «hard problem of consciousness» is how the brain activity produces consciousness, that is Qualia. We can explain how the brain starts a neural activity like seeing red light, but not how the sensationof red becomes a conscious experience)(Reminder 2: in this context, «the singularity» refers to a moment in

Are consciousness and energy the same thing?

Energy has a specific meaning that is well understood by physicists. And for people outside of physics, it's very difficult to understand just how much we know about the basic forces making up our world.All we need to account for everything we see in our everyday lives are a handful of particles - electrons, protons, and

How does a conscious mind make things happen?

Consciou mind alone can not make things to happen,Then How things Happen?How an action takes place,Mind can be divided into -- 1 conscious 2 Sub Conscious mind,Conscious Mind 5–7 %unconscious is 93- 95 %,It is said Sub conscious is 30,000 times more potent and stronger then conscious.How things Happen---,You Saw a thing through eyes,Not in words

If humans could learn to copy our consciousness and embed it into a machine, such as a Transformer, would you be willing?

There are two ways I will look at this as the term Transformer can mean an electrical transformer or those huge fictional robots from the movie Transformers.Electrical transformer: Hell no, this means you would just sit around a pole somewhere in the boring woods.Robot transformer: Hell

Assume you can upload your consciousness to a computer. Would you?

Hell, I'd give it a go, with a couple of caveats.Firstly, I'd want to do it toward the end of my life.Secondly, I'd want to be able to wipe my own hard drive once I got bored.

If humans could learn to copy our consciousness and embed it into a machine, such as a Transformer, would you be willing?

There are two ways I will look at this as the term Transformer can mean an electrical transformer or those huge fictional robots from the movie Transformers.Electrical transformer: Hell no, this means you would just sit around a pole somewhere in the boring woods.Robot transformer: Hell

Is there some kind of (theoretical) way to upload your consciousness to a computer without just copying your brain?

Our brains are made up of about 86 billion neurons, connected cells that send information to each other by firing electrical charges that propagate through this organ in our skulls like waves. The challenge is precisely how to go from a physical substrate of cells that are connected inside this organ, to our mental

Assume you can upload your consciousness to a computer. Would you?

Hell, I'd give it a go, with a couple of caveats.Firstly, I'd want to do it toward the end of my life.Secondly, I'd want to be able to wipe my own hard drive once I got bored.

How does my brain know that it is conscious?

I have just started exploring this question through my practice of lucid dreaming. I am able to explore such questions while in a self aware, self reflective state while awake. This state, besides being valuable in everyday life, also aids one in

Is there some kind of (theoretical) way to upload your consciousness to a computer without just copying your brain?

Our brains are made up of about 86 billion neurons, connected cells that send information to each other by firing electrical charges that propagate through this organ in our skulls like waves. The challenge is precisely how to go from a physical substrate of cells that are connected inside this organ, to our mental

Once we solve the hard problem of consciousness, will the singularity finally happen?

(Reminder 1: the «hard problem of consciousness» is how the brain activity produces consciousness, that is Qualia. We can explain how the brain starts a neural activity like seeing red light, but not how the sensationof red becomes a conscious experience)(Reminder 2: in this context, «the singularity» refers to a moment in

Assume you can upload your consciousness to a computer. Would you?

Hell, I'd give it a go, with a couple of caveats.Firstly, I'd want to do it toward the end of my life.Secondly, I'd want to be able to wipe my own hard drive once I got bored.

On what basis do people argue that the universe is conscious?

First I think it's important to clarify how we think about consciousness. Many people have a hard time understanding how our physical brains give rise to consciousness as we know it. I like to think about it like this:In short, consciousness is simply the interacting system of meaning created by a large

What is the science behind hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a real phenomenon, and even animals can be hypnotized. But what hypnotism is, exactly, remains unclear.

Is consciousness nature's way of knowing itself?

Is consciousness nature's way of knowing itself?Consciousness is one remarkably fascinating (to humans) lens through which Nature is experienced, appreciated, and analyzed.We have absolutely no idea of whether or if there are other lenses through which Nature is perceived and how.To recognize that possibility we have to simply consider any

Is thought faster than light?

It is sometimes objected that "they said no-one would ever go faster than sound and they were wrong. Now they say no-one will ever go faster than light. . ." Actually it is probably not true that anybody said it was impossible to go faster than sound. It was known

Is there any substantial scientific evidence for the existence of ghosts, or any other extra-physical phenomena involving consciousness?

Is there scientific proof that ghosts aren't real?This is known as shifting the burden of proof. The real question should be: Is there scientific proof that ghosts are real?The reason this question makes more sense is because, in a world where ghosts did exist, they would be easy to prove, especially when you consider how

Are consciousness and energy the same thing?

Energy has a specific meaning that is well understood by physicists. And for people outside of physics, it's very difficult to understand just how much we know about the basic forces making up our world.All we need to account for everything we see in our everyday lives are a handful of particles - electrons, protons, and

If humans could learn to copy our consciousness and embed it into a machine, such as a Transformer, would you be willing?

There are two ways I will look at this as the term Transformer can mean an electrical transformer or those huge fictional robots from the movie Transformers.Electrical transformer: Hell no, this means you would just sit around a pole somewhere in the boring woods.Robot transformer: Hell

If you were to imagine a photon that had consciousness, what would it see around it?

Nothing. In their own frame of reference photons don't exist because all lengths are length contracted to zero, so they exist for literally zero time between emission and absorption.Which is paradoxical and stupid and why physicists will just flatout say you cannot use a photon as a valid frame of reference.

Is there any substantial scientific evidence for the existence of ghosts, or any other extra-physical phenomena involving consciousness?

Is there scientific proof that ghosts aren't real?This is known as shifting the burden of proof. The real question should be: Is there scientific proof that ghosts are real?The reason this question makes more sense is because, in a world where ghosts did exist, they would be easy to prove, especially when you consider how

How is math related to consciousness?

One of the most profound advances in science in recent years is the way researchers from a variety of fields are beginning to think about consciousness. Until now, the c-word was been taboo for most scientists. Any suggestion that a researchers was interested

If humans could learn to copy our consciousness and embed it into a machine, such as a Transformer, would you be willing?

There are two ways I will look at this as the term Transformer can mean an electrical transformer or those huge fictional robots from the movie Transformers.Electrical transformer: Hell no, this means you would just sit around a pole somewhere in the boring woods.Robot transformer: Hell

What if consciousness will disappear?

Q: What if consciousness will disappear?There's actually a fair amount of quality science fiction about this notably by Charles Stross and Peter Watts who both suggest individuality and consciousness is a bit of a dead end in evolutionary terms.Blindsight (Watts novel).Missile Gap.Both are a really good read, though not for the faint of heart!

If an extraterrestrial life exists, would it have a consciousness?

yes why not?just imagine you are living in planet X from Galaxy Y thousands of light year from earth.then suddenly NASA equivalent (LOL) of your planet discovers X like planet (earth)and just imagine people of planet X asking questions about this :