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Triangulation: It’s impossible to describe where you are without referencing somewhere else. | James Shelley
“The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a network of over thirty satellites that are in orbit 20,000 kilometres above the Earth, each travelling at about 14,000 kilometres an hour.”

From “Triangulation: It’s impossible to describe where you are without referencing somewhere else.”

James Shelley
yesterday by zenrain
Robert Brandom: A Spirit of Trust: A Semantic Reading of Hegel's Phenomenology [ASoT] 2014 draft
As of February of 2014, the 2014 draft is just like the 2013 draft, except that it has a new version of Part Two, i.e. of Chapter Four and Five. -**- Table of Contents (MSword) *--* Notes on 2013 draft of ASoT (docx) -**- Downloaded 5 parts to Note *--* Part One: Knowing and Representing (MSword) *--* Part Two: Mediating the Immediate (MSword) *--* Part Three: Self-Consciousness (MSword) *--* Part Four: Hegel's Expressive Metaphysics of Agency (MSword) *--* Part Five: From Irony to Trust (MSword)
books  intellectual_history  17thC  18thC  19thC  German_Idealism  Hegel  epistemology  metaphysics  agency  freedom  mind  self  consciousness  EF-add 
3 days ago by dunnettreader
[1401.1219] Consciousness as a State of Matter - Max Tegmark (MIT)
We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, "perceptronium", with distinctive information processing abilities. We explore five basic principles that may distinguish conscious matter from other physical systems such as solids, liquids and gases: the information, integration, independence, dynamics and utility principles. If such principles can identify conscious entities, then they can help solve the quantum factorization problem: why do conscious observers like us perceive the particular Hilbert space factorization corresponding to classical space (rather than Fourier space, say), and more generally, why do we perceive the world around us as a dynamic hierarchy of objects that are strongly integrated and relatively independent? Tensor factorization of matrices is found to play a central role, and our technical results include a theorem about Hamiltonian separability (defined using Hilbert-Schmidt superoperators) being maximized in the energy eigenbasis. Our approach generalizes Giulio Tononi's integrated information framework for neural-network-based consciousness to arbitrary quantum systems, and we find interesting links to error-correcting codes, condensed matter criticality, and the Quantum Darwinism program, as well as an interesting connection between the emergence of consciousness and the emergence of time
paper  mind  neuroscience  physics 
4 days ago by dunnettreader
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collaboration  map  mindmap  mind  mapping  productivity  web2ls4ed 
5 days ago by paulreid
Brain hammer » 3:AM Magazine
Pete Mandik is a philosophy-of-mind thinker and a cyberpunk SF fan
interviews  philosophy  mind  science_fiction  ai 
6 days ago by jbushnell
[1401.1219] Consciousness as a State of Matter
We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, "perceptronium", with distinctive information processing abilities.
sci  neuro  mind 
6 days ago by warrenellis
Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility | Brain Pickings
Tragedy happens only when you are trying to live well, because for a heedless person who doesn’t have deep commitments to others, Agamemnon’s conflict isn’t a tragedy…

Now the lesson certainly is not to try to maximize conflict or to romanticize struggle and suffering, but it’s rather that you should care about things in a way that makes it a possibility that tragedy will happen to you. If you hold your commitments lightly, in such a way that you can always divest yourself from one or the other of them if they conflict, then it doesn’t hurt you when things go badly. But you want people to live their lives with a deep seriousness of commitment: not to adjust their desires to the way the world actually goes, but rather to try to wrest from the world the good life that they desire. And sometimes that does lead them into tragedy.
philosophy  life  mind 
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