The Nature of Consciousness, the Universe and Everything

An inquiry into emergent consciousness from microbe to humans and beyond

by Alex Milov

 

 

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Understanding is a process.  Facts, on the other hand, are usually thought of as static and unchanging.  Most people prefer facts.  There is comfort in ideas written in stone.  It just feels good to have a sense of certainty in an uncertain world.  The aversion to uncertainty is why people who do not understand the nature of understanding recoil from the fact that all facts are contingent upon other facts for their factuality.  Information is only factual when related to other information.  Information without context is nonsense because understanding, like consciousness, is a dynamic, transitional and relational process.
 

I remember a little game I played as a child repeating a word over and over again until the word seemed to lose all meaning.  For example, if you repeat the word "hamburger" often enough in rapid succession, it begins to take on the same absence of meaning as the nonsense word "zabart."  Psychologists call this semantic satiation.  It happens as the clusters of neurons responsible for processing the context of the word habituate to the repetition.  When these neurons temporarily fail to respond in the usual way, the word loses meaning.  Context is essential because understanding is a dynamic, translational and relational process.....
 

 

 

The Nature of Consciousness, the Universe and Everything

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