Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dehaene on the evolved function of consciousness

At 12:25 in this video he said: "Consciousness is not an illusion. [...] It's an evolved function, it's a useful function [...] of sharing information [...] to make the best decision."

At 13:45. "It cannot be done by very specialized circuitry. You have to have this more flexible architecture that allows you to consider various possibilities [... to make] a conscious decision."

Dehaene and Dennett discuss conscioussness

Can be found here and below. The blurb:

Panel Discussion on the Mind

Stanislas Dehaene, author of Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts, and Daniel Dennett, author of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, talked about their books on the workings of the human brain.“State of Mind: Consciousness and Thinking” was a panel at the 2014 Boston Book Festival, held October 25 in the sanctuary of Old South Church.

Dennett on Dehaene and consciousness

From Michael Cohen and Daniel Dennett (2011). "Consciousness cannot be separated from function." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15(8), pp. 358 - 364.

"There are several theorists who have already realized the need for functions in developing theories of consciousness. Dehaene and colleagues have put forth a global neuronal workspace model that claims consciousness is defined by the orientation of top-down attention, long-distance feedback loops that extend into parietofrontal networks, and conscious reportability. [...] There is still much work to be done in regards to how these functions and mechanisms interact. [...] The upshot of function-based theories is that they make claims about consciousness that can be tested and examined scientifically" (362).

What fake Christians worship

Particularly white Evangelicals.

Goldberg tells Dump: Cohen will flip on you

See the report below. Dump called Goldberg last Friday, who previously represented Dump in his first divorce. Goldberg told Dump there is zero chance he can trust Cohen to back him should Cohen be charged with a crime. And Cohen will be charged and flip on Dump. The end of the Dump crime syndicate grows closer by the minute now.

The real reason behind destroying public education

It's more than just making money on private education. It's about dumbing down public education to create workers for low-paying jobs by deflating their expectations and depressing their ambitions. In that sense it is about making more money, but to do that the rich need workers that will never challenge them or the unjust system they've created. It also makes workers under such conditions easier to manipulate, to direct them to blame others for their situation, like Mexicans or lazy freeloaders, diverting attention from the real creators of their fate.

Sam Bee gives Hannity a dose of his own medicine

Since Hannity is always creating paranoid conspiracy theories with no basis in reality, Bee decides to do the same to Hanitty in this funny segment.

Colbert interviews NY Governor candidate Nixon

Nixon is an avowed progressive that is running against corporate Democrat Cuomo. Colbert holds her feet to the fire and makes her justify her candidacy, which she does quite well. It seems there is a groundswell of progressives challenging the corporate Dims in primaries, almost as if the Party revolution is not only happening but making headway.

Fisk: There was no chemical attack in Syria

See this report. Fisk is an experienced and celebrated war correspondent who went to the area in Syria purported to have had a chemical attack. He "found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he's encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened." So it seems this is yet another case of creating a false narrative for war.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Bible on immigrants

Since some conservative Christians are always twisting Biblical scripture to justify their hatred of immigrants, perhaps remember this one?