Archive for the ‘Consciousness’ Category

A la recherche du Temps perdu: ce ne pas posible.

August 31, 2010

The insanity of the blogosphere: an understatement, obviously. It is superinsanity. Some commentators have adressed the issue recently.  Why did we think the blogosphere-BP- would bring about a new enlightenment? It has cheapened truth, betrayed knowledge and disseminated plenty of vitriol, simply reflecting the insanity of the world. However the good side of it is that the “BP”  appears to be a ‘collective cathartict”, a frantic search for validation and recognition of ones’ existence. It could be argued that a significant % of bloggers would be out there inflicting pain to others, instead, they write. Harsh but possible. The theory is at one point youll tire out vomitig insults.

Insanity in the world: many dismiss Glenn Beck as a nuisance ; a nuisance  that gathers at least 67-87k people (according to AirPhotosLive? If Beck had more balls he would have called openly the “revolution” (no metaphor here) that he would want to lead. I noticed that the place wasnt packed-at all- as in MLK rally(thank the Lord). Compare images.  I hope GB runs for office-imagine-with SP-to see where we stand really. Palin I noticed is undergoing a Ms Hyde metamorphosis. Fortunately GB is not smart, I leave open the idea that he is astute-and a liar- (in a fox sense, no pun intended). For example; he retracted claiming Barack was a racist. But he already said it. So all his followers claim that BO is a racist. What if yesterday we would have witnessed the birth of a mormon ‘prophet”? People is desperate. So is GB. Everybody spreads runors: we live a rumor based society. Whistleblowers? (free agents acting on their own behalf).

The theme here is the reinvention-or rather recycling- of truth. Deception at its best. Deception that eludes even its creator, the deceiver. Everybody is lying, cheating, misquoting, no prisoners; lets all go to hell yelling, murdering, cheating.  Case in point: Marc Hauser, a well known “moral scientist”, has been caught ‘doctoring”(what an inane gerund) data. Interpreting monkey business; all his colleagues smirk. Why? . Sad, very sad. Many science blogs have mutated unto self support systems to denigrate and attack when the papers dont agree with your work or your “ideology”. Case in point; EO Wilson, M. Nowak and C. Tarnita published a paper in Nature, “The evolution of eusociality”  where kin selection is “discussed”. J. Coyne and others -Dawkins for example-have taken upon themselves to declare, stridently, the paper wrong, an ‘uncalled for” (sic) attack on natural selection and of course Darwinism. Ill take my evolution lessons from Nowak and Wilson anytime (as opposed to take an evolution course from say, Dawkins).

Which brings me to a comment that Franzen, the writer, made in a recent Times issue. Quoting Kierkegaard: “the state of constant distraction-busyness-that allows people to avoid reality and mantain self-deceptions. With the help of cell phones, e-mail, and hand held games. It is easier to stay busy in the Kierkegaard sense that it has ever been.” I would add fantasy football, …and, of course, blogging…” make no mistake: I acknowledge this as a condition of the times: a virtual zeitgeist that compounds the self and throws it unto a downwards spiral of trivial pursuits: like defend Darwin (??).

Society for Anthropology of Consciousness at Berkeley March 17/21

February 20, 2010

My dear friend Matthew Bronson is leading the next Society for Anthropology of Consciousness meeting at Berkeley faculty club March 17/21. I sent an abstract that expect to read march 19, saturday. Here it goes: From James to Jaynes, or The Mind Turned Itself On(line). After reading Darwin, William James suggested that human consciousness emerged from an evolutionary continuum: a “consciousness” ladder throughout the living.Thence, according to WJ, “there must be an infinite number of degrees of consciousness”, which presumably would apply to the human lineage, which poses a question about the “completeness” of the consciousness of our homo ancestors. A century later, without reading Darwin, Julian Jaynes suggested that consciousness emerged as recent as 3,000 years ago, preceded by a “bicameral” mind, rendering “ancient” people not subjectively conscious. We have proposed that the subjective self appeared as a quantum brain architectural jump, correlated with conscious experience leading to this subjective mind. From the very start, the self pondered about its own existence. Today, the mind confronts, once again, the void and existential immensity-angst of its own, striving to make meaning the attractor thatcoalesces the self. Being mentally ill kidnaps meaning and erases self-existence,throwing its bearer in a pathway with devastating consequences, sometimes.