Posts Tagged ‘dualism’

Prosthetic Gods by thefrailestthing.com

July 31, 2010

See the post here: http://thefrailestthing.com/2010/07/29/prosthetic-gods/

enleuk Says:
July 30, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Technology has been a part of ourselves for a long time. We define ourselves through wall papers, car brands, cell phone colours, clothes et cetera. And there’s no reason to draw the line where the skin ends, mainly because it’s a fuzzy line that can’t be drawn even if you wanted to define yourself as a unitary being. You can cut a thumb off and you’d still be you.

In cognitive science the mind is often talked of as extended beyond the brain. The brain functions like a command central that fetches information from the memory and brings it to awareness. Similarly, a library and even the internet is accessible to this brain function and the only difference is that you’re getting the information from outside the brain instead of from the memory. The library, if you have index knowledge of it, is a part of your mind.

What I find interested is how we will modify our bodies in the future. There’s no theoretical problem in changing the DNA to produce a 500 ft tall metal human. At the same time there’s no theoretical problem in building a 500 ft tall metal exo-skeleton with a driving seat fit for a human connected directly to the brain (Brain-Machine Interface). And similarly there’s no theoretical problem in building a 500 ft tall metal robot with a learning artificial neural net as complex over even more complex than a human brain.

The philosophical problem for those who believe in a soul and other metaphysical phenomena would be to explain why these three beings are all self-conscious. A materialist would not face this problem. A deconstructivist would say the metaphors of soul and self-consciousness are misleading. A Buddhist would say that the material reality is a delusion. But a dualist and a transcendentalist would have to say that the robot was programmed to say it was self-conscious and that in reality what the robot is saying are just words. I’d say, in reality, that’s exactly what humans are already doing. Language is confusing our understanding of existence.

Some News Must Be Funny (or there’d be no readers…) NOT

July 10, 2009

[Google translation Swedish to English]

There is a balcony in my tables. The bikes to the ground to perpetuate our own, it builds its nest in a flowering cow. They walk along the ditches, in stone washed jeans. The eating of corpses in the burning heroes shadow, ENLACE black ants legs in a storm of Gloria, an abyss, a dark, a cool deep sleep in a hole that can not even keep track of its light but fumbles a bit funny and laughs at an obvious joke, apparently.

– What do you mean by that?

Well, how can a black hole be fumbly?

– Why would a black hole not be fumbly?

FUMBLINGNESS is a human characteristic, at least to the extent we do not focus on such properties in monkeys, horses, animals, plants that grow crooked, moons, comets and galaxies that collide and one galaxy which raises a fist in anger and says, ” Damn galaxy, look where you’re going, walking around as if you had the whole of existence to yourself, you arrogant bastard, you got the license from behind some shady white dwarf hiding in the vicinity of a black hole among shadowy types in the long, rain-spotted Trench Coats from a café in the dog from Baskerville?”

– Well, now you apply human characteristics to a galaxy, you mean the galaxy is like a man?

Well, a man is more like a balcony, taking only a complex molecule that is formed chemically, seemingly, at random when the chemical conditions in the environment are the right ones and create a molecule, RNA, similar to viruses. This long molecule string reacts further and may, in the chemical “code” structure a protective cell wall, then divide the cell into two, each with its DNA in each, copies, which divides into two again and becomes four and divide again and are 8 copies, 16, 32, 64, multitudes of copied cells which form two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten nails, two eyes, two ears, two big toes, two thumbs. The same on both sides, mirrored matter that forms the imagined unitary subjective self.

[Original Swedish]

Det bor en balkong under mina bord. Den cyklar till marken vareviga vår, den bygger sitt bo i en blommande ko. Den vandrar längs diken, i stentvättade jeans. Den äter av liken i brinnande hjältars skugga, omslingrade av svarta myrors ben i en storm av glorior, en avgrund, ett mörker, en sval djup sömn i ett hål som inte ens kan hålla reda på sitt ljus utan fumlar lite lustigt och skrattar åt ett uppenbart skämt, tydligen.

– Vad menar du med det?

Jamen, hur kan ett svart hål vara fumligt?

– Varför skulle ett svart hål inte kunna vara fumligt?

För att fumlighet är en mänsklig egenskap, åtminstone till den grad vi inte fokuserar på till exempel egenskaper hos apor, hästar, djur, plantor som växer snett, månar, kometer eller galaxer som krockar och den ene galaxen som hytter med näven och säger: “Förbannade drummel, se var du går! Går omkring som om du hade hela existensen för dig själv, arrogante jävel, fick du licensen från bakom nån ljusskygg vit dvärg som gömmer sig i närheten av ett svart hål bland skumma typer i långa, regnfläckiga trenchcoats från ett kafé i Hunden från Baskerville?”

– Men, nu applicerar du mänskliga egenskaper på en galax, är galaxen som en människa?

Nja, en människa är ju mer som en balkong, man tar bara en komplex molekyl som bildas kemiskt, till synes, slumpmässigt när de kemiska förutsättningarna i miljön är de rätta och skapar en molekyl, rna, som virus. Denna långa molekylsträng reagerar vidare och får i den kemiska “koden” strukturen för en skyddande cellvägg, sedan delar sig cellen i två, med varsin dna-sträng i varje, kopior, som delar sig i två igen och blir fyra och delar sig igen och blir 8 kopior, 16, 32, 64, mängder av kopierade celler som formar två armar, två ben, tio fingrar, tio naglar, två ögon, två öron, två stortår, två tummar. Likadana på båda sidor, spegelvänd materia som formar det inbillat unitära subjektiva jaget.

Transcendence and Dualism are Self-created and Illusory Products of the Matter (Reality an sich), which we Delusionally Call Ego (What You Know) or Invert and Call God (All That Is Not Within Your Knowledge).

June 29, 2009

So dualism is not reality – twofoldness is only in our minds – it is not in the reality, but we do see dualism in our own individual body, our personal matter, which usually defines the material reality. So, we didn’t get an answer here, because we should’ve asked which component is the falsifiable one. Either we perceive our bodies as mirrored or believe we watch it through a mirror or window, meaning self-consciousness is an act of the mind and an empty metaphysical metaphor and not a substantial matter. The idea of transcendence requires the preexistence of dualism, but they’re both transcendently constructed by the matter into the metaphysical mind (it flows the other way around, into reality from the spiritual, in Buddhism and similar beliefs) and this construction we label and say it’s a result of the act of transcendence, that which enables us, not just in a philosophical sense but also in mythology, where heroes transcend according to general(ized) traits among all stories of all kinds, and in text/voice/religion/heroism/stories free will and causation can be perceived in alternative ways.

The Huffington Post wrote:

“MOSCOW — How much would you pay for a ;-)? A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon _ or combination of punctuation marks _ used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.

Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone, said Thursday he doesn’t plan on tracking down individual users following the decision by the federal patent agency.

“I want to highlight that this is only directed at corporations, companies that are trying to make a profit without the permission of the trademark holder,” he said in comments to NTV.”

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