If the testimony of thousands of people who have reported these experiences mean anything, there seems to be consistency with the concept of life after death and a continuing existence of the soul.
At Mind Matters News: What Happens When You Feed a Translation Program Utter Nonsense?
AI is apparently blind to what would be obvious even to an adolescent human, when it comes to recognizing language versus nonsense.
At Evolution News: Is Consciousness a “Controlled Brain Hallucination”?
To take the most fundamental aspect of our existence as humans – our consciousness – and to dismiss it as an irrelevant phenomenon is to put on blinders that perpetuate ignorance, in the guise of science.
At Mind Matters News: Reductionism as a dead end in neuroscience — captured in an essay
Dr. Seth surely does not show what he proposes: “Scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be.”
At Reasons.org: Exploring the Mystical Connection between Math, Mind, and Nature
There’s more to understanding than acquiring knowledge.
At The Debrief.org: Is Consciousness Really A Memory System For Our Interactions With Reality? New Research Says Maybe.
“A recent study published in the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology proposes a new theory of consciousness, suggesting subjective awareness is merely a memory system that records our unconscious interactions with reality.”
At Mind Matters News: Researchers find more ways that human and ape brains differ
The differences between human brains and other primate brains seem greater than the 1.2% – 1.6% genetic difference the Smithsonian posits for humans vs. apes.
At Mind Matters News: A neurosurgeon on why some people function with only half a brain
Michael Egnor: The means by which people with major parts of their brains removed maintain function are not understood. It’s nonsense to say, as some do, that “The brain is massively parallel and recursive and functions under network rules and laws.” That’s typical neuroscience gibberish.
At Mind Matters News: People with half their brains removed do well on psych tests
Takehome: Findings like this are a challenge to those who insist that the mind is simply what the brain does. The mind may not be split or removed when the brain is.
Eric Holloway: How AI neural networks show that the mind is not the brain
Holloway: Neural networks get stymied by complex decisions due to the very processes that enable them to make any decisions at all. That’s a fundamental limitation.
At Mind Matters News: Could we really increase human IQ via genetic engineering?
It’s not clear what, explicitly, human intelligence is or even how it originates. Ethics aside, there’s no way to decide who to save and who to throw away.
Eric Holloway: Can computer neural networks learn better than human neurons?
Takehome: Humans can do things that AI cannot do, as we saw earlier, but those abilities are not due to the superior learning ability of a human neuron.
At Mind Matters News: Fossil scientists ask, Could a Neanderthal meditate?
How much can we rely on casts from fossil skulls when the relationship between the mind and the brain is unclear even in currently living human beings?
Eric Holloway: Artificial neural networks can show that the mind isn’t the brain
Holloway: : The human mind can do tasks that an artificial neural network (ANN) cannot. Because the brain works like an ANN, the mind cannot just be what the brain does.
How does a human being thrive normally with “quite a bit” of brain missing?
Suppose a man said, “I am one of a really small minority of people who fell twenty thousand feet from a plane and survived, despite my injuries…” We’d want to know more.