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Self Evolving Minds & Machines
The Social Brain
The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. (Robert Pirsig)
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    4 Billion Years in 6 Minutes


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    "The human brain is made up of one-hundred billion neurons - and each neuron forms about a thousand to ten-thousand contacts with other neurons - so the number of possible permutations and combinations of brain activity, that is to say, potential brain states, exceeds the number of elementary particles in the known universe" (Ramachandran).
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    Do you suppose that we could do the next 4 billion years in 6 minutes?

    Also, does anyone have any input on the book Freedom Evolves by Daniel C. Dennett?

    Or, more pointedly, what does the Collective think about resolving the conflict between the clear trend of science (in strongly evidencing a lack of free will) and the robustly intuitive notion that we are agents of our future? Also, since it seems we will never really know how everything is determined, unless magically a GUT appears - how will we ever confirm, or deny, the existence of free choice?

    Is the age old question of freedom vs. determinism unresolvable, irreconcilable, a waste of our time?

    Cheers.

    Wed, Jun 3, 2009  Permanent link

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    nom the puppet     Fri, Jun 5, 2009  Permanent link
    "The human brain is made up of one-hundred billion neurons - and each neuron forms about a thousand to ten-thousand contacts with other neurons - so the number of possible permutations and combinations of brain activity, that is to say, potential brain states, exceeds the number of elementary particles in the known universe" (Ramachandran).
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    Do you suppose that we could do the next 4 billion years in 6 minutes?


    Probably Not. The number of potential brain states exceeds the number of elementary particles, but not the number of possible particle states. This is just a neat fact like we're all made at the core of stars. A poetic testament to our place in the universe.

    my view is something like a movie reel of the ant that doesn't know whether it's climbing up or down a tree.
     
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