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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Learning and association

 

We began by looking at the associations of simple organisms.  We went on to describe "knowing" as the compare and contrast process of categorization.  We then toured the nervous system and described the motivators of behavior called reflex, instinct, and instinctively motivated drives.  To the uninitiated, this may seem somewhat disjointed, but we are creating a path here with plenty of bread crumbs.  Ultimately, we are weaving together a tapestry of comprehension out of which will emerge understanding of the nature of consciousness, the universe and everything.  The next thread in our fabric of knowledge explores the way new information gets integrated into a nervous system.  Understanding how new information gets added will help us appreciate the way all information is processed.
 

Aristotle said, "All men by nature desire to know.  An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves and above all others the sense of sight.  For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer sight to almost everything else.  The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things."  Here Aristotle equates learning with awareness of the "many differences between things."  Understanding how the nervous system "brings to light many differences between things" for us begins with a definition of learning.
 

Learning is defined as the relatively permanent change.........

 

 

The Nature of Consciousness, the Universe and Everything

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