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 #9 - Southern Winter, Spring 2005


 

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 Friday 30 Dec ..... very early AM

Xmas has come and gone again. We went down to Narrogin, stayed at my in-laws for a couple of days. We went in my father's Hyundai 4x4 which he has left with us while he goes over east for a few weeks. We have spent Xmas day with Lorne and Franklyn for most of the last 20 years or so. This is time is almost certainly the last however. I don't think Franklyn remembers my name anymore. He certainly never said my name or any of the children's names. I don't recollect him saying Glenda's name either. There were times when he seemed lucid and connected even if he couldn't put names on things; there were other times when he lost all connection with what was going on and became tense and snappy - clearly distressed and unhappy. At these times he had no idea why all these strange people were in his house. He would take himself to bed at these times. Lorne reckons his bedroom is his 'security blanket', and I suppose she is right but I tend to think if is far, far deeper than that. I guess that by lying down in the quiet and unchanging familiarity of his bedroom he minimises all stimulation and distraction which allows his mind to reconnect with old and deeply ingrained memories.

Luckily for him he has lived in that house for most of his life, and that bedroom has been his and Lorne's since his father died and the house became theirs. I think this means that he can regain his sense of self and continuity - however illusory that may be. Theory aside however, it is just sad, terribly sad.

Glenda worked very hard to try and make it a source of memories for Emma in the future. E is now six and a half years old and has some personal history of her own so hopefully she will remember Franklyn or 'Pappa' as the kids call him.

How ironic: writing about the effect of Alzheimer's desease and Slipping Away, the song by Moby, is playing. The refrain: 'Hold onto people, they're slipping away' is very poignant.

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 Sun 11 Dec ....... Oh boy, Summer already!

Last week on SBS TV there screened a 3 part documentary titled The Power of Nightmares. Adam Curtis the maker of this documentary argues that most of what we have been and are still being told about the threat of terrorism from 'al-quaeda' is a load of bunkum. His basic thesis is that, although there have been some terrorist attacks on westerners around the world, most of what is being said about al qaeda is simply not true and that there really is not a great powerful and pervasive organised network of Muslim extremists out to get all the rest of us. He argues that American neoconservatives - a euphemistic term for quasi fascists as far as I can tell - have a policy of seeking to gain and retain control over the rest of us by generating fear of largely mythical enemies. He asserts that all the rhetoric against 'the Evil Empire' during the Cold War was of a similar nature and that the Soviet Union was far more disorganised, far more susceptible to breakdown and far less intent on world conquest than has been commonly believed.

He argues that the neoconservatives believe that only they have the will and the ability to lead America and the rest of the wold along the paths of righteousness. They assert - according to Curtis - that the people making up the the bulk of the population in Western countries, ie 'us', don't know what is good for ourselves and therefore must be frightened into allowing them to make all the important decision for us. In a nutshell, the neoconservative program is about manipulation of people rather than providing information that people can then use to make up their own minds.

Sad to say this seems to accurately describe the policies of John Howard, the current prime minister of Australia, who has lied to us all several times in the last few years including a few very public instances of ramping up the xenophia option when it suited his party's transient political needs. John Howard is now one of the longest serving prime ministers this country has ever had, and his government now has almost absolute control over both houses of the federal parliament. If he really was a great man, he would have a real vision for this country because there is so much potential in the people and the land of Australia; and we live in a universe which is potentially infinite - for all practical purposes anyway - but John Howard is just a conservative politician who believes he represents the 'middle of the road'.
 

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 Tue 29 Nov

This evening I watched a program about the situation of refugees and displaced persons in Dafur, the western province of Sudan, on SBS [ Australia's Special Broadcasting Service]. The program was produced by BBC Panorama documentary team. It shows how utterly appalling and completely sub-standard has been the response of the United States of America and Great Britain. Other permanent members of the UN security council are also very much at fault, particularly China which for some reason sees Sudan as a client state and international partner. Apparently the US and Britain will not do anything significant because they reckon they are too heavily committed in Iraq and just can't afford it. Furthermore the US and Britain fear that China will simply veto any attempt to apply UN sanctions against the totalitarian regime of Sudan. The thugs who purport to be a government of Sudan have been barefacedly lying to all UN groups and foreign diplomats who come to see them. These murderers have made whatever promises they needed to say in order to make sure the foreigners leave Sudan, and then they just carry on as they were before.

This shows the total moral bankruptcy of the Bush regime in particular but also the crass folly of the Blair government in its asinine following of Bush & Co. I don't seem to recollect any significant noises about Dafur from Johnny Howard or any of his offsiders either. Cynical politicking, lying and manipulation are to be expected from the totalitarian Chinese, though quite why they feel the need for solidarity with such a bunch of bullying no-hopers as the Sudanese war lords beats me. These Sudanese tough guys are really good at shooting unarmed civilians, patrolling around in gangs and gang raping unarmed women and young girls, and burning old men and young children alive in their huts. Oh how brave they are! AND THE CHINESE SUPPORT THEM!

 

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 Mon 28 Nov

The young man Nguyen is going to be hung in Singapore this coming Friday. I can't see any prospect of clemency or compassion being exhibited by any of the authorities in Singapore. For the benefit of any Singapore people who may happen to read this page, think on this: Capital punishment always correlates with abuse of democracy. I will have to start a list of instances and examples which demonstrate this, perhaps on my democracy page, with links of course to the ethics and compassion pages. I have found some interesting commentary to start with on Bryan Palmer's ozpolitics.info website & blog.

Well, I am still waiting for Jud to respond to my most recent challenge to him on Mind & Brain. I am still also waiting for Colin Hales to respond to my poignant provocation towards him on Psych-D. Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's my style of writing. On the other hand it may be that each of them respectively has realised that his viewpoint needs to unravel itself a bit in order to take account of my entirely valid, worthy and wonderfully useful insights. Hummm, pigs will fly .... Meanwhile, I have been trying to think of ways to get my perspective across to Jud. I think it can be helpful to actually imagine being in the brain as an observer [erh, not the actual occupant, so to speak, but another observer able to cruise around like Ms Frizzle and the kids in the Magic Schoolbus]. The point here is to visualise how it is that individual neurons must be taking part in wide scale activities but responding systematically only to other neurons that they contact via synapses or to other neurons/sets of neurons which support and enhance fluctuating electric fields oriented at high angles [orthogonally] incident to the cell membrane. I suspect that such electromagnetic [EM] fluctuations may constrain or enhance depolarisations spreading along dendrites and axons

I have transcribed the prelude of Imadjinning. A small achievement but none the less 100% improvement on the last 4 years or so.

It was my Dad's birthday on Sunday. He is now 82, and he still has dreams of cuttiing that ultimate deal that will make him filthy rich. Ah well, "Better to travel in hope ..." as they say. Adam and Daphne organised a lunch for him which was very nice. I went and Ella went with her friend Liz.

Because we are once more without a vehicle, I went by bus to A & D's place in Freo. I planned to take a trip by public transport and make it in just over an hour as long as I could catch the 99 bus as soon as getting off the train in Fremantle. Silly Me! Oh silly, silly me! How could I possibly assume that public transport in Perth might go without hitch on a weekend! What a DUMMY!

Well the railway track of the Fremantle line was being worked on wasn't it! So I had to take the 606 rail-replacement bus, which took twice as long to do the trip from Perth central to Freo because the closest road route entails a fair bit of meandering and stopping at traffic lights. And a funny [ha ha dump funny] thing was that the articulated bus was chockablock with people, many of whom were tourists not familiar with the local geography. The bus was not equipped with a PA system and the young bloke driving did not have a very loud voice, and the mass of bodies in the vehicle absorbed the sound of his raised voice anyway, so what with the general hubbub of passengers' voices, nobody heard him trying to give advice about where people should get off if they wanted to get off near their favourite railway station. Several people had to beg to be let off when the bus momentarily stopped at a pause in the traffic because they had missed their station. And one poor woman who was waiting for the Subiaco stop, didn't get off until Daglish, about 2km passed Subi. Poor thing had to walk back in the 30º heat. That'll learner for taking for taking a bus service for granted! Won't it just!

At Freo the 99 bus seemed to have waited for the 606 train substitute to arrive, which was good. However once we were on our way through Fremantle the driver discovered that the main street heading south had been blocked off, due to festivities and some important local custom such as the blessing of the sardines - or some such. This meant my driver had to radio for navigational assistance because he didn't know his way around Freo very well and obviously no signinficant preparations had been made by the bus company. This is now privately owned and run therefore, by definition if we believe our conservative politicians like Jonny Howard, much more efficient than than something publically run [NOT!]. Nor had the City of Fremantle but this is more understandable because they obviously will only want to cater for people who stop off on the way through the town to spend lots of money. Well, lucky for us, the driver had a metro area street directory to guide himself BACK TO THE STATION so as to restart the trip in a new direction. DUH!

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 Wed 23 Nov

I have discovered that one of the regular contributors to Mind & Brain at yahoo groups - Jud Evans - has built up a very interesting philosophical web site: http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/index.htm At the site are umpteen essays by umpteen different authors in the various 'philosophical libraries' he has collected. For example I discovered a set of essays by Ivan Illich, a very much anti-establishment Catholic priest who has written many 'counter culture' books and pamphlets. I spent an hour or so yesterday reading Energy and Equity - Ten Essays a set of writings which criticise and condemn the developed world's obsession with acceleration and fast transportation in over-engineered private cars varieties of urban tank. Illich asserts a fundamental proposition that the vast majority of people do not need to travel faster than about 20kph and trying to do so results in a whole set of dysfunctional and self-defeating unforseen consequences. Problems include

  • a traumatic loss of freely accessible public space, because roads, carparks and garages usurp and dedicate so much space to cars; roads become dangerous for pedestrians and carparks are wired off
  • a significant loss of personal time because transportation to and from work now takes so long because people end up living a long way from their work places
  • a further significant loss of free life time due to the enormous cost of cars, first to acquire them and then to keep them running. We end up channelling a very significant proportion of our salary and wages towards saving up to buy a car or, more commonly, to pay off large personal loans taken out for the purpose
  • cars also cause a great deal of pollution in their daily use, as well as in the processes of constructing them in the first place.
  • and last but not least, the pain, suffering and other harm caused by crashes are intrinsically bad for those who fall victim but also constitute a significant drain on the public purse.

Illich asserts that bicycles are the ideal form of transport for most people [I agree] and there is an energy use threshold above which 'transit' [good] becomes 'transport' [not so good or downright bad]. He seems to be asserting that once this threshold is passed as the norm for a society, people tend to become passive consumers of transportation, even if driving their own cars. We become energy dependent. I tend to think that he is right and that an intractable part of the problem is covered by the physics formula: KE = 1/2 mv2 or kinetic energy is proportional to the mass of vehicle plus passenger and to the SQUARE of the velocity. This means that for every doubling of speed, the energy needed to achieve this is four [4] times the amount needed previously. In fact, when air resistance becomes significant, the energy cost is proportionally greater because the drag from turbulence increases in proportion to the fourth power of the velocity. That, in a nutshell, is where most of the world's petroleum resources are going to: up in smoke behind cars speeding way faster than needed purely so that the drivers can feel good about themselves and not have to think about the deeper questions of what are the consequences for the environment and climate, and what are the other hidden costs.

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 Tue 22 Nov

I have the dreaded voice lurgy again: viral laryngitis. Not particularly painful this time but can get so if I talk. Yesterday I would not have gone to work except that in the afternoon I was booked for a training course concerning the new*** deleted*** which it is hoped will ***deleted*** along the path of client-centred righteousness in the easier, cheaper and personalised 21st Century. Actually the system looks quite good, consolidating views of several information sources into one console which should speed up proof of identity procedures and facilitating the discovery of some items of information very commonly sought after. Time will tell; think positive 'cause it's better for you!

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 Wed 16 Nov

If I ignore Colin Hales's expressed goal of trying to incorporate phenomenology into science as both subjective experience and objective prerequisite, I just keep coming back to the brute fact that the phenomenology of my experience is inherently private. It is what it is like to be the particular view of the world as seen from a very particular view point. So while it is both feasible and accurate, in my opinion, to say that the view from where I sit, the view that I 'see', is a set of data structures, you have to take my word for it that there is actually something it is like to be aware of the world as portrayed in these data structures. I don't think we are ever going to get the kind of rigorous proofs that Colin is after.

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 Sat 12 November very early

Carrying on from yesterday: we IMPUTE causality to things and processes we see or take part in. This is a matter of belief and I think it is pretty clear from the history of scientific and pre-scientific development that human beings are able to get things quite wrong in terms of understanding why and how things happen. This doesn't always lead to people doing things wrong because in many things that people do it is just the skill in performing the task that is important and this can often be learned from copying others. I think it is fair to say that in some respects our causal explanations of things have a mythic nature. I will write some more on this later today after a good night's sleep !

Mid morning: Didn't happen.
 

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 Friday 11 Nov  very early

I have been trying to make sense of what Colin Hales is proposing on Psyche-D. Colin responded to my post [I have put a copy of his posing in this page footnotes] in which I asked for some extensions of his phenomenalgebra, as I call it, so that we can refer to recursion and self-reference. Colin's response is that these things are not the central issue, for him anyway, because he is after a bigger fish. Colin is looking to revamp some significant areas of science by demonstrating a necessary implication of causation. 'Causal necessity' seems to be one of his major goals, but I remain rather sceptical about this.

As I see it we cannot never escape the basic paradox of our experience. But Colin seems to be assuming that we can somehow. Or maybe that is me reading more into it than he really means.

As I see it, WE supply the idea of causal necessity as a means of integrating what are otherwise mere descriptions into our model of the world. The philosopher David Hume showed about 300 years ago that we have no clear and watertight proof that our beliefs in causal necessity are actually only statements describing coincidences and reliable correlations.

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 Sun 6 Nov my birthday

I spent most of today up a ladder lopping a couple of trees next to the side fence. One is a pencil pine which was a present from Adam a few years ago, and the other is a native frangipani which was a gift from Sonja some time later. Both trees struggled when small, especially the native frangipani because the snails seem to love its leaves. Once I discovered how great was the danger from the brown snails [Helix aspersa] I took to keeping the area baited, especially during winter and that worked. Because both plants are close to the old sewage soak well, they started growing like crazy once their roots got down to the good pooy liquid oozing out of its sides. Now we are connected to the deep sewage system the plants can only avail themselves of nutriments which leach out of the soak well so they shouldn't be growing so fast now.

The reason for spending so much time with the lopping was that the council contractors dropped off the mini skip a couple of weeks early, probably because somebody else cancelled. Once delivered the bin is only available for the weekend and gets picked up on the Monday, sometimes quite early. I couldn't do any work on it Saturday because we had visitors and the house had to be cleaned up beforehand.

Our honoured guests were Julia Robinson and her partner Kevin. Julia is a daughter of my cousin Lyn Herbert who is daughter of my father's sister Valerie. It was really good to meet Julia and Kevin who both seem pretty intrepid in their approach to travelling around the world. They are on a working holiday in Oz now after having spent some months in south east Asia.

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 Tuesday 1 November

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So was it a consequence of lack of maintenance? Act of god? Plague of Kami Kazi mice munching through insulation? [Nahh, wouldn't be that, there is too much other scraps and stuff in the surrounding area which is Perth's major restaurant district. Well so far there has not been the sickening sound of a bodiless head falling from a chopping block onto the ground floor carpet. We'll just have to keep our ears to the ground for that one [the sound just might travel up to the first floor :-].

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 Sunday 30 Oct

There is an interesting discussion going on at Psyche-D at the moment. Colin Hales has put forward a proposal [17/10/2005] for a form of algebra with which to describe and discuss what various philosophers and followers of consciousness studies call 'phenomenality'. Phenomenality is the appearance of things, the qualia, the sensual awareness of the particular colour, hue, texture when touched, smell and taste. The thread has a subject title of 'Re: Content of consciousness' and all postings to the thread have retained this title until a few days ago. I have taken the liberty of copying the guts of Colin H's message of 17/10 below.

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 Tue 11 October  

I have once again been a bit distracted by domestic issues, as well as being a bit under the weather with a sore throat for the last week or so. Also have had some health issues - I have learned the meaning of' haematuria' as a consequence - and today I will be having a helical CAT X-ray of my kidneys. Hmmmm, I hope they don't fry them in the process!

Ella, my sister, and her friend went up to Ningaloo for a couple of weeks. We had the use of her car until Sunday just past. Very kind of her that was, and very convenient for us. Ella seems in good spirits - Ningaloo was a real buzz apparently, which I have heard from many people now. Emma and I dropped in on Dad while dropping the car back to Ella's place. I wished I could have stayed longer; he does seem quite lonely there on his own. It was good for Emma to come with me and see some of the world even if she is a bit low in a standard car seat. She got to see 'Grandpa' and his house and Ella and her house along with Ella's many penguins. Emma is also now quite good at reading street signs and it was really good for her to see more of 'the world' between our place and Fremantle.

My exchange with Steven Lehar has petered out for the moment. I am fascinated though that he uses the term 'the principle of life' ie he says: 'The principle of life strikes me as far more aggressively competitive and merciless than you seem to imagine.' Well my view is that the principle of life is replicator power, nothing more and nothing less. I already have a page on that subject so I can add our email exchange to that page as notes. I am still working on a response to his last message but find myself digressing into the area of how copying of behaviour can occur. This is actually a key concept and a real challenge to put into plain English.

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 Wed 5 October  

Well, more than a month has passed including the equinox, Glenda's birthday, brother Adam's birthday. New Orleans and the US Gulf coast states got battered by another hurricane and the truth comes out that more than half of the Mississippi National Guard is in service in Iraq helping to make the world safe for take-over by US incompetence. Half the National Guard and all their good equipment was off in a war zone 1/3 of the way round the planet, so no wonder that the 'evacuation' before and after hurricane Katrina was such a total shambles. They are all just damned lucky that hurricane Rita stayed south and went ashore in Texas. Still about a thousand people lost their lives as an indirect, but not greatly distant, consequence of Emperor Bush the 2nd's stupid, unethical and hideously expensive war in Iraq.

I was actually prompted to start writing again by seeing an on ABC TV Tuesday night about a bunch of young Americans [at least they thought they were Americans] that the Bush administration has deported from USA to Cambodia. Most of them were actually born in USA but were not citizens because their parents were refugees from Cambodia, a country destroyed as much be American bombing as by the Khmer Rouge geno/fratricide. What? You don't like that thought? Well stop and think a mo'. All the money spent on making all those bombs, transporting them to Cambodian airspace then dropping them on rainforest and jungle concealing more than a thousand years worth of archeological treasures - not to mention lots of subsistence farmers and peasants and their families! If that money had been spent on aid for the people, and on infrastructure like roads, sewage treatment, electricity supply lines and generators, hospitals, schools, court houses and so forth, as well as cheap micro-loans for resourceful business folk, Cambodia could by now have been one of the economic power houses of the Asia-Pacific region. And bear in mind that more bombs were dropped on Cambodia than were dropped on Germany in WWII.

Instead of which, the USA federal administration has shown yet again how grossly incompetent and utterly lacking in compassion they are by throwing away, literally throwing out of the only country they have known in their lives, these young people who started life in ghettos because their refugee parents were allowed into the USA but then not supported by the US government. These young people obviously took on board a whole lot of dysfunctional habits and made the wrong decisions which landed them in jail, more than once each. But as one guy, 'Hawaii' said, 'The only way we could survive was to be in a gang, there wasn't anybody else looking out for us'. So after having done time in jail in the USA, they have been dumped in Phnom Penh or some such place, and they only way some of them can make money is to get back into what they were doing in the US: trafficking drugs.

To me this looks like truly spiteful, and utterly shameful treatment of young people whose bad behaviour is an American problem. If the people of the United States of America cannot find in themselves the honesty and compassion needed to rehabilitate these people in the US, then America is not the leader of the 'free' world. To me this looks like the current regime and its ruling class of capitalists and 'celebrities', have betrayed what was a great and powerful dream. Now all they are interested in is power for its own sake.

More bombs in Bali; once again the ethical vacuum in Indonesia is filled with the explosions wrought by self righteous fanatics. How many more murders must Jemaah Islamiah commit before the majority of ordinary Muslims start shouting condemnation and demanding that its members be jailed or kept under house arrest?

I have also been engaged in an email argument with Steven Lehar about his alien invaders scenario. He says I am the first person in about 10 years to take any serious notice of it. I would like to put our correspondence into my Ethics page; I'll have to ask him about that.

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 Wed 31 August - Last day of winter!

How totally stupid and tragic! New Orleans being flooded due to the ravages and rain of a passing hurricane. This was predicted in an article in Scientific American magazine of October 2001. Presumably the shock from 11 September 2001, and all the militaristic hoo ha that has gone on in the USA since then, distracted everybody who might have done something about the danger of flooding.

Presumably all the people with positions of authority are going to duck and run, blaming the the weather for the currently rising death toll and the immense amount of damage to property. But Mark Fischetti, the author of the article, has documented all the human activity contributing to the subsidence of New Orleans, and also the sad lack of agreement amongst all the various committees and authorities. What has transpired in this last day or so has got to be seen as culpable dereliction of civic duty on the part of those who were in positions of power and authority.

The biggest thing about this which I cannot really relate to is that it has taken place in the world's richest and most powerful country! How utterly shameful and hugely unnecessary it all is. They obviously must have all thought that their Holy Trinity of Capital, Money and Market would lead them through the paths of righteousness and keep them all safe from harm.

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 Sunday 28 August

We had a bit of a party for Lewis who has just turned 17. As usual, Glenda busted a gut beforehand getting things together, cooking, cleaning and organising the rest of us to help with it. The result was a clean and tidy house and just the right amount of sweet stuff to allow those who wanted to to make themselves sick. Actually I think everybody behaved themselves. Ella came briefly then left just as Adam came with Dad, the latter driving.

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 22 August Cool dry weather,

We had some rain last week, got soaked one morning riding to work, otherwise not enough rain. I'm wondering when/whether to give the young citrus trees a bit of extra water. I gave them all some Osmocoat the other day but didn't water it in at all. My father reckoned they are suffering a deficiency of trace elements. I hope that he is right and that is their only problem.

Now you see it ... now you don't

    Steve Lehar sent a response, a few days ago, to my email in reply to his original message about a month ago. I am beginning to see that his concept of harmonic resonance - presumably of electric fields oscillating across the un-myelinated dendritic networks in all the different areas of the brain - makes a lot of sense.

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 Wed 17 Aug  cool again, and rather wet now. Still nowhere near the long term season-to-date average though.

Still reading Steve Lehar's Direction Harmonic Theory, at lunch times at work, which means I am not getting through it very fast though. I am also still writing a response to his 27 July message to me - sent to my yahoo address. I am not a very good correspondent, that's for sure. Still my strike rate with email is far better than my zero abilities with snail mail.

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 Thursday 11 Aug - cool in Perth these last few days, but very little rain.

I am slowly reading Steve Lehar's Directional Harmonic Theory. It is making sense so far! The big challenge is still to explain how 3D works. I don't think Steve is purporting to have got all the way there yet. Not in terms of just where the models are within the brain anyway. He sticks with his view that we must take our clues for theoretical assumptions from actual appearances, our experiences of seeing things in particular which must be criterion for acceptance. This is phenomenology.

I guess I rank the potential explanatory power of Harmonic Resonance theory to be of similar importance to two other radical ideas.
One of these is process physics and its description of where gravity comes from.
The second one is Michael Mozina's theory that beneath the Sun's photosphere, lies a solid crust made of iron alloy. Mr Mozina has as web site the surface of the sun devoted to this idea and he has latched onto several archives/databases of the images taken by 3 satellites in various orbits. He seems to be making a good case for this idea.

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 Monday 1 August - started sunny and warm, finished windy and wet following arrival of a fairly mild mannered cold front.

I have started reading Steven Lehar's paper on Directional Harmonic Theory which is actually chapter one of a book he is writing on the subject.

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 Sunday 31 July - a beautiful sunny day

Quite a lot has been happening on the domestic and personal scene which kept me away from this here diary:

  • All the others - Glenda and all the children - got a URT virus which persisted in an intermittent sort of way for the best part of 3 weeks. As they were getting better I got a cold which has lasted until this weekend but is now disappearing; I better not stay up too much later now or it might be tempted back [is that an example of maudlin folk-psycho-superstition? Probably .
  • Glenda sold the van so now we are all users of public transport or cyclists or, for Glenda in particular, a long distance walker. Glenda has bought herself a pull-along shopping trolley and walks a three km round trip to
  • I have had to get used to being back in the phones area ***deleted*** and all the new procedures involved in being a mentor/coach on a specialist phone queue rather than walking the floor. I think I have got that pretty much under control now
  • I have been working on the FOCUS site, setting up several sub-forums and topics so that hopefully we will attract some enthusiastic collaborators. I have seen evidence of several people visiting when I have been working on it but nobody else apart from Jose and I is registered yet.
  • I discovered Google Earth which is a great toy, but only works if you have ADSL or equivalent connection fast enough to supply the maps/photos. I imagine it would he hideously slow on a dial-up connection.

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 Sat 16 July

Adam & Daphne brought my niece Chloe and her new son Elvis over for a visit. Chloe and Elvis are in WA for a short visit. I haven't spoken to Chloe face to face for many years. In fact I can't remember when the last occasion was. The last time I just saw her was a a brief glimpse of her and Gwyneth crossing the road in front of me as I was stopped at the lights on Walcott at Beaufort St, after dropping Gwyneth off. My feelings about that transient contact between my daughter and her cousin were a big part of what made me start this blog.

Chloe turned up this time with the most amazing hue of redness in her hair [I don't think the photo does it justice]: a bright 'young' red; not pink but of such a not quite iridescent light red, that it makes me see more clearly why, for example, the Indonesian language can include both what we call 'orange' and 'pink' in the term merah muda 'young red'. It is very close to the bright orange-red colour of the small bottle brush flowers we saw on bushes as we drove north from Denmark on the road to Mt Barker last April. I still don't know what species those plants are but the flowers stood out brightly with a range of variations from orange through pink to light bright red on different bushes. If I have a favourite colour then it is the orange red of that native bottle brush.

Elvis is a lovely little chap. He seems to have a permanently pensive look, but got quite animated looking at all the stuff stuck to the fridge door.

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 Saturday 9 July

It is so sad that, in London this time, yet more people have died or been injured in the name of ignorance, stupidity and fanatical devotion to bigotry. The people who set bombs in public so as to kill innocent people are not just mean and nasty, deserving of imprisonment until they die, but they are also stupid because they cannot see that their methods can never bring about peace and justice for the people they purport to be fighting for.

I am usually reluctant to use the word 'loser' about anybody because it is normally used in such a shallow way. But these fanatical dimwits who deliberately kill innocent people have absolutely nothing to offer the rest of the world. They probably had some potential when they were much younger, but by committing these atrocities they have created within themselves an insurmountable barrier between themselves and all the rest of the people on the planet. They can never reveal the truth of what they have done to anybody who believes in the power of fairness, freedom and democracy so they are limited now to life amongst emotional/mental cripples like themselves. Whatever they may formally have believed about or through their religion and teachings from family and school, now they are condemned to live a lie for the rest of their days.

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 Tuesday 5 July

Jose has come good with the new website for interactive collaboration about consciousness studies. Called FOCUS standing for Free Open Center of Consciousness Studies

 

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    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed,
    to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
          Emma Lazarus
    Her poem was written to help raise funds for construction of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903.

This is what the USA was saying to the rest of the world 100 years ago. And look at the US now: the world's richest and most powerful nation. It was the belief in freedom and the rightness of democracy which allowed the USA to become so rich and strong.

Why the hell can't John Howard and his cohorts realise that belief in freedom and the rightness of democracy will allow Australia to grow rich and strong also, but we have to believe in the freedom of others as well as our own. He claims to believe in freedom but his actions belie this. He manipulates many people by fomenting xenophobia and this has allowed him to win two elections at least but the long term cost to Australia is enormous. He has constantly disparaged asylum seekers and has chosen to intern hundreds [or is it thousands?] in medium security jails - effectively concentration camps in semi desert regions of Australia or on smallish oceanic islands like Christmas Island and Nauru. This policy has cost Australian taxpayers scores of millions of dollars and has deprived us of a source of cheap labour for the doing of certain public works such as the rehabilitation of salinated or weed infested land. Most of the asylum seekers would have jumped at the chance to do, say, five years of reasonably strenuous work in hot and dry conditions in exchange for permanent residence in Oz and subsidised formal study in English language, basic civics, and various other useful skills such as accounting, and vocational studies like prerequisites for trade apprenticeships and so forth.

For example, when I think of the news we are hearing now, of cane toads spreading from north Queensland across the wetter areas of the Northern Territory and obviously soon to arrive in WA, I feel really cross. This invasion will turn into a natural disaster for the ecosystems of the Kimberlies and once the toads are right across the north there will be no getting rid of them. Not without some very subtle genetic manipulation of bacteria or viruses which can be unleashed upon them. But whatever technical means are employed to fight the cane toad plague, the nitty gritty fight against the creatures can only be very labour intensive.

 

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Sat 17 June ...... very early!  and winter is now finally upon us with a vengeance.

Today has been rather cold outside, and also very wet.
I recently discovered the BOM four hour loop of geostationary satellite photos. This covers a wider area than the News Corp page and has more cloud on it. It has been quite instructive to look at the way masses of cold air seem to travel several thousand km north from the Southern Ocean as part of the formation of cold fronts and rain depressions that then flow over the south of WA, SA, Vic and Tas.

I am becoming somewhat impatient now for Jose to finish developing the collaborations page. I have been seeing so much rubbish on JCS-online and, to a somewhat lesser extent, on Mind&Brain that I don't really want to post messages to them. I may send a few directly to some of the more reasonable contributors but it would be better to be able to work on some collaborative projects. I shall email Jose tomorrow to see what he is up to.

Gaynor sent some photos of Elvis and his mum yesterday. He looks a pensive little chap, but looks also very healthy and Chloe looks well. [Chloe is my niece whose departure to Tasmania was part of what prompted me to start keeping this rather sporadic journal. I have decided that quality of entries is what counts; let the million other bloggers broadcast the bullshit.]

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 Sun 12 June - wettest start to June for 70 years, or some such - we need the rain, the dams are only 25% full!

I am starting to get quite keen about Jose's proposed consciousness discussion and collaboration facility. I have not heard anything from him in the last few days though. In the mean time I will develop my consciousness page number 4.

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 Wed 8 June - winter weather taking hold now!

On Psyche-D the the ding-dong battle over direct versus indirect perception has been raging on for more than two whole months. It has been forced to a holt for a couple of weeks because the moderator has gone off on a trip somewhere. That's what he said anyway. My latest foray into that fray is included below to show how reasonable and insightful is my input, and how silly are so many of the others because they didn't take any notice of it. [Well, OK, I am joking a bit, but not a lot mind you!]. It annoys me somewhat that the direct perception advocates, lead by Professor Andrew Brook of Carleton University in Ottowa, cannot account for how the system works

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I was responding to the following less than brilliant commentary by the good professor:

[Andrew Brook is responding to Steve Lehar; I'll put Andrew's commentary in Bangle blue, italic, font]

 Steven Lehar wrote:

> To Andrew Brook:

>> Brook >

> An experience can misrepresent itself, ... Now, you may deny this as an article of faith but you have and could have no evidence that what I say here is false. < Brook

> It is not a question of evidence, it is a question of definitions! Experience is that which is primary, before analysis sets to work. It interprets nothing, it simply is as it is experienced to be. To claim otherwise is to redefine a familiar term to mean something completely different.

You have a strange theory of definition. Of course an experience is and of course things appear in it. But it need not be what appears in it.

> The *experience* of red absolutely *MUST* be red, it is the very definition of redness.

This is such a strange statement that I actually do not understand what you think it says.

>To deny this would be to say that a red experience can at the same time be actually green. Or an experience of black is actually white! An experience is exactly what it is experienced to be, and no different.

This is so elementary a mistake in reasoning that I do not see why you cannot see it. An experience of red must *represent* redness but it could *be* most anything (though I very much doubt that experiences have any colour, being in total darkness). What about the sentence, 'The tomato in front of me is red'? Must it be red to represent red? No. Same for events in my head. I suppose you think that experiences in my head must be lit up, too. Their being red wouldn't do us any good unless they were.

And my clear and quite correct summary of the situation:

Surely, when Steve Lehar writes:

'The *experience* of red absolutely *MUST* be red, it is the very definition of redness.'

he is referring to a quale of a type described as 'red' i.e. the phenomenal experience of that particular colour. It must be one of a restricted range of hues which tend to be invoked by a correspondingly limited range of EM stimulation of the retina [or by certain other types of flickering, or whatever, causes which, for whatever reasons, induce the same phenomenal experience].

When Andrew Brook writes:

'An experience of red must *represent* redness but it could *be* most anything (though I very much doubt that experiences have any colour, being in total darkness).'

he is referring to a noumenal process of some sort [which I like to refer to as 'dynamic logical entities' which are composed of characteristic patterns of interaction amongst large numbers of neurons recruited from various characteristic regions of cortex]. Those of us of a physicalist persuasion believe some such process is crucial to understanding how it can be that there is an experience of the particular red hue. One requirement of such a physical theory is that, whatever it is that turns out to be the actual noumenal processes, its structure in space and time will have an aspect [portion of its features] which is *about* the redness in question and, as phenomenal experience, will *be* the redness. In other words it will be a representation of something other than itself. The noumenal process will probably include other structural elements which facilitate its activation and appropriate entertainment within the rest of the experience, overheads if you like, but these are 'transparent' in the Metzinger sense.

As for: 'What about the sentence, 'The tomato in front of me is red'? ' [Andrew Brook again]

The experience of creating the sentence is already at least at one remove from an immediate 'pure quale'. OK, so Andrew Brook may have had a tomato within view when he wrote it, I didn't when I first read it. The thing about words is that they have an existence in their own right. Reading them invokes some part of a memory of the thing, property or process denoted. How much of that memory gets invoked depends on the context and purpose of the writing and reading. People differ in how much of the quale experience/memory is activated when they read. Some of us tend to read without intense experiences of the qualities or properties of things named or implied in the text. For us it can sometimes be very necessary to go back and 'smell the flowers', even if it is only a memory of flowers which withered long ago.

I believe that the quale redness becomes part of my conscious experience when the noumenal process representing the redness becomes linked into the noumenal process representing me-in-the-world. So when I just dug a plastic bag with four small over-ripe tomatoes out of the bottom of the fridge, the roundness and redness first identified the species of fruit, the squishy wetness alerted me to their poor condition [not to mention sight of a patch of mould on one of them] but then the smell of tomato finally reached me with a power out of proportion to its faintness.

There is no deep controversy here. There is perhaps a need for Steve, Andrew, and all the rest of us to be alert to the dangers of painting oneself into a corner. Murphy's Law dictates that this is easier to do than to undo.

 

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 Colin Hales's algebra of phenomenology. I call it phenomenalgebra. He has also introduced some other terms which he is using to formalise a description of how science depends on phenomenality. In fact he is saying that science is essentially the process of correlating consistencies of phenomenal experiencein the best way. U(.) = the universe, S(.)

Our development of language in the last 100 years is, IMO, one of the key indicators of progress. "Qualia", for example was coined in the twenties. The term phenomenality is more recent and so on. One wonders which comes first: the language or the progress. In the future the terms in the other thread.. "qualia" "experience", "sentience", "awareness", "attention", "self-awareness", "phenomenal" and so on will all have very specific technical definitions in the (as yet unwritten/missing half of) theoretical neuroscience of the future.

Discussions like this happen in spates (go back over the archives of JCS online and Psyche-B/D). To me they all end in a sort of impasse in that when the discussion is finished there is relatively little 'take home' agreements. I suspect that this one will be the same. Which is a shame.

To that end I'd like to suggest a slightly different approach related to the set of mathematical symbolics, some of which I have already inserted in recent posts. The rationale is that if we can remove the linguistic impasse by a more mathematical treatment we may be able to introduce more rigour into our discussions. This would mean that we would be able to clearly and specifically denote exactly what feature of the natural world we are discussing. If we introduce and formalise a specific concept, even if it is wrong at least we have a way of discussing it unambiguously and can then define empirical work with a more directed outcome.

To show how this may work I'd like to re-state some of the dialogue of recent posts in a mathematical way. The idea is that we can finally let go of the metaphors....Applecarts.. and so forth. So, for the purposes of a beginning let's deal just with the applecart metaphor.

1) Notionally draw a border around a brain and point to it with the label B1(.). This is the particular brain of a specific individual. It is literally the physics of the natural world within the boundary you draw.

2) We know from all our empirical work that all the phenomenality we get is within the physics B(.). It is a subset of B(.). It is created in an as yet unknown part of the brain B(.) and we know it appears to be the collective action of large regions of B(.). We dont know what it is. We call it phenomenality. There is absolutely nothing stopping us from notionally drawing another border around all of it. It may be in a collection of separable portions (eg sensory modelities). Nevertheless the literal physics B1(.) hosts it and the behaviour of some parts of B1(.) implements it. Call it P1(.). This is the literal physics B1(.)'s phenomenal life. NOTE: It is NOT all things causally necessary in the rest of B1(.) to make P1(.) happen. It is merely the specific physics doing the phenomenality.

3) Note: we now have a very neat way of specifying everything that is not P1(.) by the traditional "logical not": ^P1(.). In a clunky mathematical way we can now sat that

B1(.) = P1(.) + ^P1(.) (1)

Note that the notional addition + is actually a BINDING operator. Also note that the result of the + we have achieved a UNITY on the right hand side of (1). It is literally the surgical connection of causality to causality at the notional border we used to delineate P1(.) from the rest of B1(.).

4) The 'first person perspective operator' [.] I introduced recently. It is like [P1(.)] to 'be' P1(.). These are the CONTENTS of consciousness. Note that I have not said anything about representation or intentionality or knowledge etc.

This is a mathematical definition of Block and Chalmers' 'PHENOMENAL CONSCIOUNESS.

5) QUESTION: What is it like to 'BE' B1(.)? We know that by definition! It is [B1(.)] which we know must be [P1(.)]. In other words it is not like anything to be the rest of the brain that is not P1(.).

So using equation (1), what does that mean?

[B1(.)] = [P1(.)+^P1(.)] = [P1(.)] + [^P1(.)] = [P1(.)] (2)

6) QUESTION: Where is the knowledge of B1(.)? What we know from empirical work is that as a result of having P1(.) the brain B1(.) learns things. These things are not stored in P1(.). They are stored in ^P1(.), the rest of B1(.). Notionally think of this as neural structure of an as yet equivalently undefined type. Neural structure not part of the physics of P1(.) but that co-exists in some innate, intimate way with it.

This is, in effect, a mathematical definition of ACCESS-CONSCIOUSNESS or better: Chalmers' PSYCHOLOGICAL consciousness.

7) BEHAVIOUR

This is a result of ^P1(.) operating on the body, perhaps as a result of [P1(.)] helping B1(.) select behaviour.

Now we can make some sense of APPLECARTS and APPLES.

a) The applecart is P1(.).

b) The apples are [P1(.)]

c) You can have P(.) without ie [P1(.)] = 0. This means that the physics of phenomenality is simply not providing any, in spite of its operational existence.

d) All high level constructs created as a result of experiencing apples are in B1(.) in the physics ^P1(.).

Note that in the process we have completely disconnected the phenomenality that generates knowledge from the final form of that knowledge. In this way we can define such things as ...

The ZOMBIE B1(.)

This is when [P1(*)] = 0 for all *

Note that B1(.) can still make use of whatever preexisting ^P1(.) knowledge is there to enact behaviour. That behaviour will have no causal link to any [P1(.)].

It does not matter that they do not actually exist. Zombies are now a mathematical prediction.

By continuing this way you can also point at all the areas of confusion in consciousness studies. Such as:

1) What is consciousness studies? It is the scientific isolation and description of the intrinsic nature and causality underlying the physics P1(.). Then that into the texts of theoretical neuroscience it goes! Most do not realise this brute fact.

1) P1(.) confused with [P1(.)]. This is where analysis of the contents of consciousness are believed to tell you something about the physics generating it. This is the problem with traditional neuroscience and NCC paradigms.

2) ^P1(.) is confused with [P1(.)]. This is where an analysis of knowledge models is believed to tell you something about P(.). This is the problem with psychological/cognitive science approaches.

I'd like to posit that this more mathematical approach (which probably makes the mathematicians cringe!) is, IMO, a very concise way of delineating issues and discussing them. Note I have only had to use ONE new term. Phenomenal(ity) and some clunky mathematics.

A task for you:
Come up with a mathematical definition of "qualia" "experience", "sentience", "awareness", "attention", "self-awareness", "phenomenality". In doing so you will be forced to allocate the linguistic terms in a better way and when you are done you will very conscisely know what you are talking about.

For example: 'self awareness' must be in that part of B1(.) that does not contain P1(.) except insofar as there are phenomenal representations of the body of our erstwhile cognitive agent, say, C1(.) that is the possessor of the brain B1(.). As a result of this realization you can state mathematically that studying self awareness will NOT help you sort out P1(.).

I have said enough. I've probably overloaded you already. The chief benefit of this approach is that even if it is wrong it is a way of delineating things and being wrong in an orderly fashion: good science can ensue.

I hope my mathematical definition of the applecart is of some use.

Regards  Colin Hales

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 Posted by Colin Hales on Psyche-D 8/11/2005 11:42 AM.

Mark Peaty:

>> Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 4:49 AM
>>
>> Firstly, full marks to Alfredo Pereira Jr for describing his encounter
>> with Heidegger in Halesian phenomenalgebra! :-) Whether or not we all
>> learn to read this notation as fluently as any other language, the
>> process of creating statements in the notation is 'good for us' because
>> it enforces a degree of clarity and precision.
>>
>> I do have a qualm though. It is the possibility that uncritical use of
>> the notation could lead us to believe in concepts we know how to portray
>> with it and ignore the reality of things we don't know how to portray
>> with it. There is a bit of an analogy here with economics where, it
>> seems to me, practitioners of economic theory can come to believe that
>> their mathematical models are more real than the people the models
>> purport to represent. [consider for example that unpaid labour of
>> parents and other volunteers may create [labour] value in the society
>> equal to as much as 50% or more of the GDP of a modern economy but this
>> does not figure in the national accounts]

Please don't confuse the notation with a mathematical model! It's a mathematical notation only. It merely points to 'reality'. Not what we _think_ is there but what is actually there, acting in a capacity signified by the function-label. (The nomenclature is actually the tip of an iceberg I have cleaved off for sanity's sake from a much bigger picture). Please please please do not confuse it with a model!

It is far more accurate to treat the universe as (the only) implemented set of 'stuff'. The notation simply delineates subsets. Imagine a surgical excision of those aspects of B(.) that are literally delivering [P(.)]. Draw a notional boundary around it. P(.) is a subset of B(.). That is all I ask be comprehended at this stage.

As to binding: "+" does not have to 'work': it is a mental reverse-surgical excision or perhaps a resection? I am not talking about a model. I am talking about what is actually there. B(.) = P(.) + ^P(.) means 'join everything that generates phenomenality back together with the rest of the brain that supports the generation of phenomenality then you have the whole brain". Its that simple. I dont have to know how binding occurs at this stage. That comes later when an actual model for phenomenality is posited.

Finally the learning and developmental aspects of B(.) are not defined, just 'pointed to'. Learning = pattern recognition. The fact that B(.) self constructs is also not relevant (very interesting though - for later) to the matter at hand.

This nomenclature applies independently of anybody's pet model for phenomenality. If we can't accurately talk about what is literally there, what hope have we to talk of any _model_ of it?! All I want to do is speak of what is there in a concise way without having to use hundreds of words.

>>
>> This leads me on to two thoughts:
>> 1/ Colin really should consider my request for notation to cover
>> processes of modelling and recursion ['Content of consciousness
>> modelling and self-reference']

For the moment this is not necessary: Modelling (pattern extraction) is in B(.) in the subset of B(.) that is ^P(.). The structure of B(.) supporting P(.) includes recursion (appears as a multiply nested temporal resonance, but that is irrelevant). Also, the fact that B(.) contains brain matter configurations that refer to 'self' is also not relevant at this stage.

These factors are details. They have no impact on my goal at the moment: the goal is to delineate anomaly in science that prevents us from scientifically solving why it is like [P(.)] to be P(.). My hypothesis is that this is a problem with science. My hypothesis is that it is completely pointless to begin talking about explaining phenomenality until we have a science capable of handling it. All attempts to do so will be futile. There is a couple of thousand years of evidence supporting this hypothesis. Psych-D exists because of it!

 

>> , and
>> 2/ I am not so sure that the distinction between 'descriptions' and
>> 'explanations' is clear at all, except by convention and in that some
>> descriptions work much better than others. The good ones become
>> 'explanations' but what is spoken and written are descriptions.

This is a very fine distinction but is well described in the literature over decades. Do not confuse the delineation with one of the classic definitions of scientific 'explanation' which are something like:

1) A theorem tN can stand on its own as an 'explanation'

Or perhaps:

2) a collection of tN could be used in an enumerated state of affairs in the natural world sufficiently causal in the phenomena being explained

Or3) a single tN could be used in an argument, deductive or inductive, for the explained phenomenon where at least one of the premises of the argument is a scientific law.

These are NOT what I mean. I could use thermodynamics in a folk-psychological explanation of windscreen fogging (I have said this already?). By explanation I do not mean "folk-psychological explanation" I mean that our scientific 'descriptions' are devoid of _causal necessity_.

In a recent post  Neil Rickert said:

>> Perhaps that's the philosopher's gloss on theories. However, theories
>> usually delineate empirical principles. Newton's "f=ma"
>> amounted to the definition of the quantity mass. The measurement of
>> mass was based on this definition. In my opinion, it is a mistake to
>> think of the theory as merely descriptive.

This is the nub of the argument. Do you see it? We did science on forces and motion. We created an ontology of force, mass and position. All are statistical idealisations (they do not actually exist) then ...

Why is the mass _there_? Because f = ma.

Why does f=ma? Because the mass is _there_

This is a tautologous description that explains nothing. It's very useful at prediction. Perfectly valid in context. It describes what we observe because we made it do that.

But it is not an explanation because there is no causal necessity involved. To see this ask yourself WHY does f= ma? What exactly is it that is pushing back? There is a reaction force. WHY? Answer: The underlying natural world is behaving in an inertial way (resisting motion). The symbol m no more defines mass (meaning inertial behavior) than the word DOG invokes or explains a dog. The underlying natural world imposes itself as supplier of causal necessity for every natural law we have in an identical fashion including all QM descriptions. Ask yourself: What exactly is it that is behaving quantum-mechanically? A: The underlying natural world.

The underlying natural world also imposes itself as causally necessitating phenomenality. f= ma is a law describing inertial correlates of motion. In 300 years f = ma has not given rise to what causally necessitates inertial behaviour. What argument justifies that we think that any study of brain material will realise what causally necessitates phenomenality? This does not make sense. We have to let ourselves scientifically, empirically explore the underlying nature of reality.

[1] Nagel E. 1961. Patterns of Scientific Explanation. The structure of science : problems in the logic of scientific explanation. London: Routledge. See page 28 (I think around there, anyway)

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To conclude this I'd like to prove in a QED fashion (I hope) that science is behaving unscientifically at the boundary where science points its observing system at itself and tries to be scientific about its observing system. By unscientific I mean holding a position without empirical support: .ie. dogma of the pre-Baconian dark ages kind (I am being a little erm...overly strident here...I hope to get your attention).

The unscientifically supported theorem is the Mind-Brain Identity theorem.

For background reference: see

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mind-identity/

What you will find is that the theorem has no real testable form. It's not really surprising that the scientific establishment of it is problematic. There is no agreement as to what the theorem is actually saying. I will try and supply one of these.

If you read the different views of what 'identity' means you will find one common thread: In all cases the capacity for further description is truncated by an assertion of literal equivalence between two entities of some sort. Type/Token, Mind/Brain, Description/Explanation and so on are taken to be literally the same thing in a deductive sense. In each case to try and describe them independently is held as being meaningless.

This is what I hold as scientifically unsupported.

But first we need a decent definition of mind-Brain identity. No matter what flavour of identity you choose ultimately they all amount to the same thing: that scientific description, in the classical sense of f=ma above, is all there is to describe scientifically. Or, put another way (which you have already seen in previous posts):

The complete set of scientific theorems:

T = {t1, t2, ..tN..tJ} (1)

To scientifically state that T is all there is, you need to scientifically scrutinise alternate means of depicting the natural world and then have that description refuted by the evidence. Let's say there is another way (set of scientific theorems) to depict the natural world:

T = { t1, t2, ..tP..tQ } (2)

The identity theorem can be put concisely as follows:

For all T' it is true that T = T'. (3)

Currently we have accepted this as true without any empirical work. To empirically test this what we need to do is construct a T' and then find evidence in support of the hypothesis that T'<>T. If you find such evidence then you have refuted (3).

But there is a problem. By definition the predictions of T and the predictions of T' have to be identical! This means that no matter what you do, apparently, the evidence in support of T and T' is identical. This looks like a dead end. But it isn't. There is one place and one place only where _possible_ evidence can be found where T <> T'. This is in brain material: the stuff that generates your observations. It is a long shot but it is a viable basis for empirical work with teeth. The mathematical basis is easy to see:

T' describes structural rules for creating P(.).

T is a set of correlates of the [P(.)].

Brain material is the only place where the two can be seen to express divergently. Brain material will be structured according to T', not T. Signs of structural constraints demanded by viable T' will be found in B(.).

Q. Has even one experiment been done along these lines?

A. No.

Thus the hypothesis that the identity theorem is held unscientifically by science is proven. QED

I commend the argument to the list for consideration.

Regards,

Colin Hales

 

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