Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Neuro-Quantology journal offers comprehensive view of personal consciousness that compares it to a black hole


Dirk K. F. Meijir and Hans J.S. Geesink have a paper “Consciousness in the Universe Is Scale Invariant, and Implies and Event Horizon of the Human Brain”.  The paper is shared on a free PDF at this link in the Epoch Times, which leads to this PDF in Neuro-Quantology. 
  
The brain is depicted as a receptacle that becomes closely bound (through microtubules) to a fourth-dimensional torus-like “work space” that integrates a set of information. The brain is compared to a black hole that has its own event horizon. Once inside it, you are inside a personal identity which takes shape because of its tight integration.



After death the information would still exist.  It might be integrated again into some other system that becomes tightly bound – the afterlife would comprise integrated consciousness that can redistribute back to parts.  When you have a muscle twitch, it has a “mind of its own” and wants to twitch, but your brain overrules it. “Muscle memory” (in playing piano or in hitting baseballs) might be a kind of locally distributed identity which the brain overseas.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Philosophy Now" takes up "Radical Theories of Consciousness"


Issue 121 of “Philosophy Now” takes up “Radical Theories of Consciousness”.

After an editorial which explains who Galileo took consciousness out of the physical word, is followed by Philip Goff, “The case for panpsychism”.    

Sam Coleman takes up “neutral monism”.

But the main course is “The Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness” ](IIT) by Hedda Hassel March.  In this view, all baryonic matter may be capable of consciousness, but any being that is thoroughly integrated will become a center of consciousness. That is true of the human (or any higher animal) brain, even though “muscle memory” (what a pianist or baseball batter needs) and habit can keep some localization (which may be stronger in other animals, like the octopus). A plant is more like a society.  A siphonophore is supposed to be a colony of separate organisms that can test the idea of distributed consciousness and purpose.


If the soul really does migrate to some other physical structure after death (a black hole) integration of the souls by some sort of family group could lead to an immortal group mind which contains fragments of awareness of the individuals who contributed to it. 
  
For the finale Kelvin McQueen asks “Does consciousness cause quantum collapse?” 

Monday, October 23, 2017

"The First White President": Atlantic booklet about Donald Trump


Ta-Nehisi Coates has a booklet-length article in the October Atlantic “The First White President” about Donald Trump, link. The blunt subtitle is, “The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

The article questions the theory that the election was about elitism or class inequality; it presents some evidence that Trump voters averaged higher income than generally thought.   instead it’s primarily about subtle forms of racism going back to colonial times and relatively little written about outside some PhD dissertations.

  

The article claims Trump was racist in his management of properties, but he never showed any racism on “The Apprentice” as some black candidates did well.  Remember Omarosa. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Should "Mockingbird" always be taught in schools? How about "Monster"?


I’ve talked about Harper Lee and “To Kill a Mockingbird” a couple times here before (July 15, 2015), but Alice Randall of NBC News “Think” questions “Why are we still teaching ‘To Kill a Mockingbird; in schools?” 


Randall makes the point that some of the elements of the story might be interpreted by underprivileged African American children as further justification for believing in inferior social status.

  

She recommends “Monster” (1999) by African-American writer Walter Dean Myers (Amistad reprint), It’s about the prosecution of a black teen for his participation in a convenience store killing. 

In connection with Millinneal Bloggers, CM Rubin writes "The Global Search for Education: Let's Talk about Racism", here.  I note the comment about "English Literature" v. "Literature in English". 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Lit Crawl" literature fair visits Los Angeles, other cities


I got a press release concerning a “Lit Crawl LosAngeles” to be held in North Hollywood.  

The event will include many LGBTQ books according to what I am told.

The group sets up book and literature fairs in various cities.  The word “crawl” comes from the idea of a “pub crawl” (like in the UK movie “World’s End”).  I wonder if the event has occurred in Minneapolis (in the Uptown area near the Lagoon Theater is the obvious place). 

The press release from PlatformMedia Group(site requires Adobe flash) reads:

We’re are aware how busy the book season is around this time of year so we’d hope to get this on your radar ASAP.  

“We’re pleased to announce this year's Lit Crawl® L.A. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. For the FIFTH consecutive year, thousands of literary arts lovers from throughout Southern California are expected to converge in the North Hollywood Arts District for one night of “literary mayhem.” 

“As you might recall, Lit Crawl is a choose-your-own literary adventure experience featuring dozens of restaurants, theaters, galleries, bars, and other unique venues hosting literary events over the course of three rounds. From readings to performances, the 5th annual Lit Crawl L.A. will be an unforgettable—and entirely walkable— experience. 

“I can’t guarantee this but I think that besides the Festival of Books, the Lit Crawl is one of the four or five biggest annual literary events in LA.

“We hope you have an opportunity to feature it and we’ve attached our press release and the full schedule for your reference. 

“We’d also be happy to coordinate any interviews with the founders or participants. If you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”


I was last in LA in 2012 (including West Hollywood, including the Abbey).

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Noam Chomsky's "Global Discontents"


Noam Chomsky has a new book, “Global Discontents: Global Conservations on the Rising Threats to Democracy”, which he explains in an interview for “The Nation” with David Barsamian and also an arlier conversation with  Tom Dispatch (link ).

  
Trump’s “buffoonery” is said to exaggerate the tribal politics of resentment that builds on earlier problems with right-wing based capitalism: that many people never get the skills to “compete” and wind up subservient to those with more economic power.

  

The problem with “personal responsibility” ideology is that the world has become meaningless to a lot of people left behind. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

Recalling Temple's "The Sirius Mystery" about supposed alien visitations pre-Egypt






Yesterday, I reviewed a “short film” on whether a companion star to ("Dog Star") Sirius (the brightest in the night sky) could ever become a supernova and fry us;  that reminded me of a book I read in the late 1980s, “The Sirius Mystery: New Evidence of Alien Contact 5000 Years Ago”, by Robert K. G. Temple (UK).  The book was reissued in paper in 1998.  I think I have the hardcover somewhere;  maybe it will turn up as I move soon.
The book presented supposed evidence from ancient Egypt, as well as the Dogon in Mali in Africa. The Dogon have interesting beliefs about human sexuality developed.


But Sirius is a much larger star than the Sun, and may not have been stable as long as the Sun, long enough for a civilization on a planet to develop.  The presence of a white dwarf perturbing orbits of any planets could complicate things.

Wikipedia attribution link by SenaniP CCSA 3.0 of Circumcision Cave in Mali.