Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mind as a general term for the emerging internal analog language

Whether one calls it "world-modeling", or laying out the emerging paradigm or the next trial theory in the "science of consciousness", one of the nice things about happening onto and scribbling out a working approximation of the underlying analog math and language that we are all using to fashion together our expressions is, as it emerges the new model explains things that are very puzzling in the prior, less differentiated model or trial theory.

Take "qualia", for instance, or "mind". In the absence of a clear picture, or ANY visualization on the emerging internal analog math/language -- stuck in the subject-object regions of Old Cartesia, qualia and mind are seemingly rock-hard and fundamental. No one can really say clearly WHAT they are, but we are generally all pretty much convinced that thoughts "feel like something", and that each of us have and know about and think we know what we all mean by the term "mind".

Yet, skip through the crack in the paradigm boundary and go out into the new open region.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Step 1 in the paradigm transition: Start with magnetic tetrahedron.

Dial back about 350 years and one of Descartes' messages was, "Start with the cube".  From there flows a lot of abstract math that turns out to have uncanny connections to features in physical reality.  Why? So far, we don't have a clear understanding why that is. 

Dial back about 100 years and we notice that Descartes' classical start is straining under the load.  Time has gone from being absolute to relative, and the mechanistic world turns out to be composed of  inner fundamentals of shimmering multiple states.

Dial back, say, 50 to  70 years and a person named R. Buckminster Fuller,  among other things, said, "Start with tetrahedron" and he went on to develop geodesic domes, the dymaxion map, and to predict the structure and existence of what have since become known as  "fullerenes" which are important in chemistry and nano-technology.

Dial back about 25 years and this author idly differentiated  Fuller's structural perspective by asking "What  do you get when you build a tetrahedron out of magnets. In effect  saying, "Start with a magnetic tetrahedron".

The outcome unfolds in an interesting manner.  There are five ways  to align four rod magnets along the radii of a tetrahedron. That is, immediately, one is dealing  directly with structurally  similar but energetically different multiple states.  Moreover, there are two ways to form states which have the same look and feel locally, but which differ in their  relative function within the enfolding field. As well, some of the states exhibit variable mass-density.  And these features are ALL   expressed in haptic, analog mathematically  "terms" which deliver physical intuition with absolutely NO abstract math pre-requisite. 

"Why is this?", one may  wonder.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

An alternate, pre-neuronal scientific trial theory of consciousness

Executive Summary:  Imagine consciousness as a single internal analog language made of ordered water forged during respiration in concert with experience.

Imagine you are walking along a path and a question comes to mind: "What do you get when you build a tetrahedron out of magnets?"  You mull it over for a few moments, maybe you make some simple arrow-type sketches using a pencil and paper.  And then, depending on your predilections, educational exposure, interests and pattern recognition abilities you either go on about your regular business or

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cause and Effect := Event and Change in State

I greatly enjoyed discovering essays and thoughts of Arthur Young, for example, at :, in which he makes a wonderful case for the quantum paradigm shift having not happened yet, in part due to our wild penchant to retain the security of the objectivity that appears to come with the classical and relativistic storylines. In one of his essays he refers to Einstein having converted our thinking from a point to an event diagrammed in ASCII art here as:

       past ____________^___________future

but which Young points out the event, for instance, the Civil War, is actually a change of state:


more like where there is  stepwise change of state.   Elegant of him, huh?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Replication and merging pan-psychism and emergence

One of the benefits of the vaporous little scientific trial theory of consciousness I am advocating is, apparently, it is real enough and geometric enough and positioned appropriately enough and perhaps both new and old enough that by fitting nicely into the hole it DOES support a growing array of useful visualizations.  It's small enough to learn and strong enough to carry the load.

I mean, on one side is the quantum and quantum gravitational imagery whose level of detail is

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sliding the boundary in mathematical-physics.

One of the compelling advantages of  going through a paradigm shift and then noticing that "reality is ~structured duality" is, at various moments thereafter, other tectonic plates in the contemporary terrain can and do slide about, theoretically, or potentially resulting in incredibly useful, yet highly unsettling new perspectives.  It is as though we tie off the bungee,  trudge out past the thin ice warning markers  and swan dive, soon arriving safely,  disconnecting some ~60-odd levels of organization below the ill-formed, shattering crust.