Can a silicon-based machine achieve consciousness? It is becoming an increasingly pressing question as scientists move closer to artificial intelligence. Yet we don't understand our own consciousness, so how would we know? Maybe it already has happened... We don't understand what is consciousness, how consciousness came to exist, or why it exists. Because we don't [...]
If you believe in an open, indeterminate future, then you need to explain the phenomena of holism.
Consciousness is something we intuitively believe we understand. After all, in many ways it is who we are personally. Yet try to define it and the meaning becomes elusive. American Philosopher Thomas Nagel describes another organism as conscious when we mean "there is something it is like to be that organism... something it is like [...]
Image courtesy of Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net When researching and writing Evolved a great deal of thought went into metaphysical questions about reality. After all, the setting is a couple thousand years in the future and the topography of the universe (explained in the book) should fit within current scientific theories and philosophies. [...]