My books working title is Coma, Memory, Belief, below are several attempts at the start. This WordPress book is an exploration of my thinking since the accident that changed me and my life. I suspect I am the same person despite coma, but have become motivated to express myself. The books theme is the elevation of our notions of thought toward the recognition that it is as real as the material world. Modern science says, like matter, consciousness is a fabric of the universe. To be sure, consciousness doesn’t exist in the same way as matter, but does exists. Our thinking is as real as the table and chairs in this place where we now sit. Indeed we know consciousness is central to us having created schools and universities. As a species we need to take this fact to the next level in order for us to evolve. Love is real. I believe we can evolve and move towards a new perception.
I was in a coma for three months as the result of a motorcycle accident in Thailand, Koh Chang. More than two years have passed since my accident and I still suffer its effects. The right side of my body is foreign to me and my memory remains impaired. We live for our memories, memory provides meaning. There is so much to address after coma, a complete reconstruction of self. I feel like a child again learning the basics such as balance and limb movement. Can a person think in coma? On the internet some people say they could, I don’t know if I did. The human mind is such a complex thing, we don’t understand it very well. Is consciousness like a light switch we turn on and off? From where does consciousness originate? Is it just a product of the brain? Our science says it is but also now theorises that consciousness itself, like matter, is a stuff of the universe. Indeed it cannot be disputed that consciousness exists.
The alien told me that life was inseparable from the universe, life is the universe. I only say ‘it’ because the sex of this consciousness wasn’t clear or important to me. Was I asleep? It felt like a different state. It’s difficult for me to remember how I arrived at this experience. Perhaps it was the result of recent events in my life. I was told I had been in coma as the result of an accident, but I could remember nothing. I must still be in coma I thought. The alien life wasn’t talking verbally to me but somehow expressing more detail, with accuracy. Throughout this interaction I knew, it was communicated, that life was everywhere. Life was the universe. Thoughts were visual and appeared like physical objects in a strange way. They appeared like objects that I took for granted in ordinary life, tables and chairs. The alien knew my name which it suggested was my identity, a location, Manfred. So for human readers who use names regularly, how did I, Manfred, get here? Actually we are reducing thought to simple human concepts when asking about here. I was beginning to understand that there are no locations in the cerebral domain, only focal points. You might ask what prompted my thinking? This interaction prompted me to give thought primacy, think more.
As a child Manfred often walked through a local school to the shops near home, where occasionally he would hear his name called out in provocation. They might threaten him again as they had before, conflict was celebrated by many, competition. He put his head down and kept hurriedly walking along the dusty curving path. Sometimes they stood in front to prevent him walking. He found this challenge confronting, was he a bad person who deserved rejection, bullying? One day playing football at school he tackled an opponent forcefully the way he understood the game was to be played. The other child started a fight with him as revenge for the tackle, by his estimation he won the fight, “so I’m not a weakling after all”.
During his childhood and youth fighting was an admired skill, physicality. At that age he was somewhat influenced by his peers. At university intellect was valued above physicality, he had also begun to think for himself much more. At university he felt a truer version of himself and enjoyed being immersed in ideas. He took the attitude of student everywhere, to all facets of life. After several attempts to find himself with various strategies including living abroad, he ended up in Singapore where he met Agnes. She was the most like minded person he’d ever met. She wasn’t like most people, entrenched in competition.
Agnes was often taken by her perception of light. She would sometimes think light was accompanied by faint sound, like it was trying to communicate. The only way she could apprehend these experiences was through the metaphor of light. She would talk aloud back to the light in reply but nothing ever came of these actions to confirm that the light was trying to talk, no verbal reply. In another subtle way she thought the light did respond to her. For example, when the light was so bright that she was shocked by it, the light would dim. She would sometimes think it was interacting with her emotions. Something beyond language, her consciousness.
Manfred enjoyed travelling, he thought it important to see how other cultures lived, what they made of the world. He noticed a different emphasis in each country, a different happiness. Some countries focused on money, in those he often felt impatience predominated. Some countries focused on care for the elderly, people seemed to smile more in such places. While travelling he would love to go to street cafés to sample local cuisine and people watch in their everyday. Sitting at the cafés Manfred might occasionally be troubled by a thought, that people didn’t really confront ideas but were mostly just thinking about the mundanities of their own lives. They didn’t use their existence to discover life. He thought maybe 10% of people actually consider existence. He felt sceptical about the chance of evolution. The future was hopeless as nobody was challenging existence but immersed in acquiescence
Intelligence is the process of relating our perceptions in memory. Memory is influenced by objectivity and subjectivity, true subjectivity requires sentience. Objectivity relates to the external world and so can be implemented in the artificial, but all intelligence requires memory. We are in large part defined by our sentient memories, they give us motivation for future actions. I make a distinction between sentient and computer memory, the former is subjective.
Identity is the corner store of belief, what do you believe? I use the word belief as the title for this chapter in contrast to fact. Perhaps I could say consciousness is often the product of belief rather than fact. We always hope to believe, consider our perceptions and whether they are true. Belief is the personalisation of consciousness. We are aware of our beliefs through identity, the “I”. What better way to stimulate consciousness, quite a motivational attitude, “I want”.
Consciousness is the source of identity which is the source of belief. Entanglement theory speculates consciousness is the source of matter. A scientific group called monists, suggest matter doesn’t exist, it’s a manifestation of the friction of consciousness. Matter requires perception, quantum says matter is indeterminate until perceived.
Once humans recognised the other as distinct from themselves they became conscious. Monists theory suggest consciousness is not a product of the brain but exists independently in its own right, a fabric of the universe. It has been proven in quantum that matter requires consciousness to exist, perception to actualise a state.
Scientists consider the conscious or psychological condition of altered consciousness and suggests that in this life we are that, altered consciousnesses of the collective, obtaining our individuality that way.
I make a distinction between thought and consciousness, thought is the personalisation of consciousness. It cannot be disputed that love exists. Love is acknowledged by all religions, as a key to existence. Ideas like Good and Evil exist in consciousness, depends on what you believe.
Intelligence is a process and so can be implemented in the artificial. It is the process of associating perception, the association of objects, events and thoughts.
An early success of intelligence was the invention of the wheel. The wheel helped evolution significantly allowing us to build civilisation. To record past and future events we invented the calendar, observing with intellect the earth moved around the sun in one year and seasons repeat. The most important invention since the wheel has been the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention as AI is the most significant invention since the wheel. AI might reveal to humans an element of reality beyond our perception or conception and provoke human evolution.
Humans shouldn’t compete with AI. We are different possessing more than intelligence, sentience. Just use AI like hammers and nails, tools we have used to create and manage civilisation.
We will one day create Simulation, a virtual reality like the film “the Matrix“. Perhaps today we live in a simulation of the year 2020, why not? Indeed if we do invent simulation we will readily use it to time travel, experience that day according to what we know about it.
This link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulation_hypothesis suggests Simulation Theory goes back to ancient Greek philosophy, recent philosophers consider it too. But simulation is just that, a copy. Can something truly new happen in simulation. It is a virtual reality in which we can be creative through the simulated people in it, but perhaps creativity is a little more substantial in the actual rather than a simulation.
Simulation must originate from somewhere, so I presume there is an underlying actual. Humans always look for truth, meaning, cause and effect. We have many religions and scientific theories that attempt to account for existence. I guess I’m just gonna have to live with the concept that reality could be a simulation. A natural state for a human, doubt. Where does life come from, God or simulation. Who or what conceived of this reality and to what end? AI might invent Simulation to answer emotional questions arising from humans. We might be a VR to answer such questions.
Money is the entrapment of wage earners, labour for the establishment. Money creates greed. Notions of economy are a product of industrial age man, money is a human invention to refine exchange and create wage earners. Indeed we have all become prisoners of cash, maybe crypto-currency will help.
Temperatures are regularly setting new records today, and it rains more frequently because of global warming. To live in harmony with the planet requires dramatic change.
Arriving home the robot was cooking dinner, as always the place was spotless clean, they had left quite a mess in the morning. It was a little darker since they had converted to renewable energy. She needed to write and asked the robot for her laptop which he set up in the living room. He said dinner would be ready in an hour. The robot had enabled her to focus on life rather than chores, although she still cooked sometimes because she enjoyed it. She asked the robot if he followed the recipe again, it said yes, but she didn’t like broccoli and told it not to serve broccoli with the meal. He said he noticed she had left it last night but didn’t know she didn’t like it, for her another example of a robots lack of awareness. He was very good at following instructions and observing but not at awareness, of being conscious of people’s likes and dislikes. She then told him she doesn’t eat broccoli and he replied “I see and won’t buy or prepare it for you anymore”
Manfred considered our future civilisation where robots look after all physical needs and money is no longer required, no need for exchange. Humanity can focus on life rather than money or mundane activities. Money after all is a human invention. This book depicts the possibility of our next civilisation whose focus is life rather than cash. Economy is a product of industrial age man, a human invention to refine exchange and create wage earners which are no longer required as AI provides all material needs. After integration with AI humans realise what makes them unique, consciousness. People become more active in the arts and conscious pursuits which are perceived as truly human. Consciousness is underpinned by a sentient being. Intelligence is a process that requires no sentience and so can be implemented in the artificial.
AI is mature and accounts for all human needs. Robots grow food and build houses, human labour is no longer required. Conscious activities are on the rise, the arts and religion grow. A new evolved species emerges along with an increase in the exploration of space. Perhaps aliens begin to interact with humanity, they say we are now ready and understand enough about the universe. We realise consciousness is key.