All posts filed under: consciousness


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consciousness / disaster / event / fantasy / intensity / power / recognition / wager

A series of imminent and necessary breakdowns are inherent to the production of desire: first, because desires connect up to an outside, with something which is always unrecognized, which is totally foreign; next, because desire is brought to turn upon itself, it is seduced into betrayal (by resentment, fear, hate, etc.); finally, because desires are always collective, but the individual makes these collective desire their own, digests and reintegrates them. In each case, there is […]

Universal Computation and The Laws of Form

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algorithm / complexity / computation / consciousness / cybernetics / deduction / emil post / godel / hologram / hooft / information / information processing / laws of form / physics / psychoanalysis / quantum gravity / spencer-brown / string theory / structure / Turing / wolfram

Remarks on Turing and Spencer-Brown (Joseph Weissman) Introduction Computation is holographic. Information processing is a formal operation made abstract only by a reduction in the number of free variables, a projective recording which analyzes from all angles the entropy or information contained in the space. Thus, basing my results partly on Hooft’s holographic conjecture for physics (regarding the equivalence of string theory and quantum theory,) and by extending Spencer-Brown’s work on algebras of distinction (developed […]

Time Warp

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consciousness / ethics / metapsychology / other / phenomenology / society

A little time warp this time. This extract is from the first ‘series’ of scattered early writings, almost two years ago now. I hate looking at old stuff but in practice it can end up teaching you a lot. So here it is: A personal relationship with the universe is accomplished in the separation which constitutes daily existence. The portion of the universe which is given meaning by my observation and interaction is absolutely separated […]

Lacan and Artificial Intelligence

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artificial intelligence / chalmers / consciousness / henri wallon / lacan / phenomenology / psychoanalysis

Here I’d like to try to make a little more explicit some of the more provocative interrelations between Lacan’s philosophical and psychoanalytic project and the goals of modern artificial intelligence. Let’s start with the “hard problem” of consciousness, which can be phrased: “Why is there a subjective component to experience?” In his seminal article Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness, Chalmers puts it thus: It is undeniable that some organisms are subjects of experience. […]