Collections of papers and articles that I've spotted this week that seem interesting. Comments on some of them.




  • Seth, Anil. The neuroscience of consciousness
    • Until recently, psychology and neuroscience ignored consciousness
    • The brain basis of consciousness is still a mystery, but an accessible one, as the brain is inside our heads.
    • Easy/hard problems of consciousness. Seth introduces a 'real problem', uses analogy to vitalism (elan vital). This analogy has always seemed to me quite bad. He proposes to split the issue into pieces. Levels of consciousness, being conscious of things, being conscious os self. It still sounds like a new formulation of the easy problem.
    • Generation of consciousness is not simply about a particular region, or about the number of neurons. Consciousness is related to how brain regions 'talk' to each other, information propagation. Conscious states are less compressible (in an information theory sense). It is possible to assign a number to this capacity for compresibility. This should correlate with awareness. Highly important to be able to numerically and reliably measure a phenomenon one wants to study
    • Remark re 22.53 and cognitive impenetrability. Focusing hard enough on patches A and B does make it possible (for me) to see them as the same colour. I expect that you will also be able to do it.
    • Expectations modify conscious experience
    • DOG VISION! (Around 39.10)

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  • Tom Papworth Tom Papworth 2017-02-15T11:57:27Z

    I presume that Peter H. Wilson's "Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire" is exactly the same as "The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe's History", but published in the US under a different name.

  • Artir Artir 2017-02-15T13:37:54Z

    Given that both are exactly 1008 pages long, it's a reasonable presumption.