Summary Nov 15 2010 part 4

Some posts look at more specific problems in understanding consciousness

  • Unusual and partial consciousness

There is probably one mechanism for various types of awareness. And there are various states akin to consciousness (4 Sep 08 shared workspace) (8 Sep 08 what goes on in dreams) (3 Oct 08 consciousness in Zen meditation) (21 Nov 08 default network) (9 Dec 08 hypnosis) (2 May 09 baby mind)(17 May 09 the realness of virtual reality) (28 Jul 09 locked in consciousness) (20 Oct 09 near death EEG spikes) (7 Dec 09 reborn) (14 Feb 10 default network gone in coma) (16 Mar 10 what happens in meditation) (31 Mar 10 altered states – alcohol) 18 Apr 10 the usefulness of dreams) (2 Sep 10 going under and coming to) (31 Oct 10 dreaming update). Thinking can be different when it does not have to be tied to awareness of the thinking. (27 Sep 08 eureka). Possibly imagination can be different from experience (1 Feb 09 Visual imagery). Babies are a unknown (20 Jun 10 babies know more, bigger, longer) (6 Nov 10 babies’ scans).

  • Prediction:

An important question is how we live in the present when it takes time for the brain to process information and render it part of consciousness. (24 Jun 08 living in the present) Changizi explains some visual illusions by projection into future (26 Aug 08 living in the present 2) It affects tennis refs (9 Nov 08 prediction). Not only does it take time to produce conscious experience, the process is like frames of a movie, so it is discontinuous rather than being continuous. (19 Jul 08 watching the movie) (27 Aug 09 clock speeds). Also (26 Jan 09 Surprise) (6 Mar 09 Up the garden path) (29 Oct 09 sense of time) (13 Mar 10 blinking together). (2 Jun 10 making and testing predictions) ( 24 Oct 10 not convincing) Summarized in (6 Aug 09 Property of consciousness 1) and in (14 Jul 10 evidence for predictive awareness)

  • Self:

What is the relationship between consciousness and our sense of self? Does a theory-of-mind apply to us as well as others? How variable is the self? (22 Oct 08 the homunculus problem) (8 Jan 09 Self is not simple) (9 Mar 09 Meta-representation) (08 Apr 09 Conscious computer) (28 Jun 09 unwilling to see yourself) (13 Jul 09 the guessing trick) (22 Jul 09 Eco cells) (18 Aug 09 Out of body experience) (8 Sep 09 two selves) (26 Sep 09 what are mirror neurons doing) (10 Nov 09 out of body 2) (13 Nov 09 Avatars) (28 Dec 09 I and me) (3 Mar 10 no voters) (6 Apr 10 going native) (21 May 10 mirror neurons in autism) (29 Jun 10 narratives) (15 Sep 10 another step to understanding self) (20 Sep 10 power of faces)

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