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Posted: August 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm
One of the most probable ways we will reach the Singularity is with computers that mimic our brains. But to achieve that, we will have to tackle one of the bigger mysteries of life: consciousness. What it is, how it works, and why it works will have to be answered if we want to put our brains into computers.
Sadly, we may not be able to answer those questions. Edward Witten, a bigly-regarded physicist, is of the view that we wont be able to decipher consciousness, and that it will always remain a mystery tous.
In an interview with journalist Wim Kayzer, Witten had this to say about our understanding of consciousness:
Biologists and perhaps physicists will understand much better how the brain works. But why something that we call consciousness goes with those workings, I think that will remain mysterious. I have a much easier time imagining how we understand the Big Bang than I have imagining how we can understand consciousness
Understanding the function of the brain is a very exciting problem in which probably there will be a lot of progress during the next few decades. Thats not out of reach. But I think there probably will remain a level of mystery regarding why the brain is functioning in the ways that we can see it, why it creates consciousness or whatever you want to call it. How it functions in the way a conscious human being functions will become clear.But what it is we are experiencing when we are experiencing consciousness, I see as remaining a mystery
Perhaps it wont remain a mystery if there is a modification in the laws of physics as they apply to the brain. I think thats very unlikely. I am skeptical that its going to be a part of physics.
If you dont want to watch the wholevideo interview with Witten, the relevant part begins at 1:10:25.
Witten is saying that, we either already understand, or will someday understand, the processes behind thinking, learning, feeling, and doing. However, we will never understand the higher philosophy of consciousness. We may know that we are conscious, but not why.In essence, understanding thehow of consciousnesswill be achievable and knowable, while the whyswill remain out of our grasp.
While we would be inclined to trust the man who has been called the modern day Einstein, others point out that Witten could be wrong, though. John Horgan from Scientific American writes,
Just because Witten is a genius does not mean he is infallible. He is wrong, I believe, that string theory will eventually be validated, and he could be wrong that consciousness will never be explained.
We will just have to wait and see if our consciousness can tackle the philosophy of itself.
Posted: August 21, 2016 at 11:12 am
Alternative medicine is the use of a nonconventional approach instead of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is a nonconventional approach used along with conventional medicine.
Make sure you understand the risks as well as possible benefits if you pursue alternative or complementary therapy. Don’t replace conventional medical treatment or psychotherapy with alternative medicine. When it comes to depression, alternative treatments aren’t a substitute for medical care.
Examples of supplements that are sometimes used for depression include:
Nutritional and dietary products aren’t monitored by the FDA the same way medications are. You can’t always be certain of what you’re getting and whether it’s safe. Also, because some herbal and dietary supplements can interfere with prescription medications or cause dangerous interactions, talk to your health care provider before taking any supplements.
Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners believe the mind and body must be in harmony for you to stay healthy. Examples of mind-body techniques that may be helpful for depression include:
Relying solely on these therapies is generally not enough to treat depression. They may be helpful when used in addition to medication and psychotherapy.
Posted: September 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm
Yes. We understand the potential benefits of the technology, and support continued advances in molecular biology, the underlying science. But we are critics of the business models and regulatory systems that have characterized early deployment of these technologies. GE has proved valuable in some areas (as in the contained use of engineered bacteria in pharmaceutical development), and some GE applications could turn out to play a useful role in food production.
Thus far, however, GE applications in agriculture have only made the problems of industrial monocropping worse. Rather than supporting a more sustainable agriculture and food system with broad societal benefits, the technology has been employed in ways that reinforce problematic industrial approaches to agriculture. Policy decisions about the use of GE have too often been driven by biotech industry public relations campaigns, rather than by what science tells us about the most cost-effective ways to produce abundant food and preserve the health of our farmland.
These are a few things policy makers should do to best serve the public interest:
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Genetic Engineering in Agriculture | Union of Concerned …
Posted: April 4, 2015 at 4:41 am
Transhuman Strategies: Adam Marblestone on Neurobiology Research
Adam Marblestone speaks on what the science community needs to do next to understand the human body. Adam Marblestone is developing new strategies to accelerate brain science. He is currently.
By: Katelyn Petrin
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Posted: March 10, 2015 at 3:48 am
Bitcoin World: Digital currency gets boost from volatile markets
A light-hearted online-platform helps people understand the potential benefits of using the digital money. RT's Lizzie Phelan in Berlin explains how we could…
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm
Justice || Spoken Word By Diamond Cash
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DiamondCashRich IG: http://instagram.com/diamondcashrich/ I begin to feel like most Americans don't understand the First Amendment, don't understand the idea of…
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Posted: December 12, 2014 at 11:44 pm
Manuel Rivas – Python for Personal and Population Genome Interpretation
PyData NYC 2014 Over the past five years the drop in DNA sequencing costs has quickly transformed our ability to understand the genome. In this tutorial, we will introduce you to pyPLINK/SEQ,…
Posted: November 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm
Space Station Live: A Pain in the Back
NASA Commentator Lori Meggs at the Marshall Space Flight Center speaks with Jojo Sayson, a co-investigator for the Intervertebral Disc Damage study, about research underway to understand the…
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Space Station Live: A Pain in the Back – Video
Posted: November 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm
DNA10: A More Elegant Model of DNA
using spheres and planes to understand the many spirals (I think 10 ten) embedded in my more elegant model of DNA.
By: James Parsons Duncker