How to hack your unconscious mind
|August 2, 2018||Posted by News under Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Design, Mind, Neuroscience|
Assuming it exists. From Mind Matters Today:
Before we spend much time worrying about the AI apocalypse (evil robot minds destroy us, etc.), we should recall how little we know for sure about what a mind even is. Here’s an example: In a recent edition, a popular science magazine [New Scientist] cheers on the unconscious mind:
Far from being a malign adjunct to the conscious mind, the unconscious is responsible for all sorts of important stuff. It is smart and it is often running the show.
But then, turn to popular thinkmag Nautilus and what do we read?: There Is No Such Thing as Unconscious Thought.
Those who tell us that we can learn to use our unconscious mind and those who tell us that it doesn’t exist both claim to speak for science. But this is no ordinary dispute. An ordinary dispute might be something like What killed the dinosaurs? Imagine instead a dispute between scientists who do and scientists who do not believe that dinosaurs have ever existed.
And some wonder why many people don’t take the Hard Science of Mind seriously.
See also: Claim: Yes, you can upload your brain. Fine print: They might have to kill you first.
Reconciling mind with materialism, twenty-five years on. Nothing has turned out like the Hard Science of mind people hoped.
Better medicine through machine learning? The biggest problem today isn’t the sheer mass of data so much as the difficulty of determining what it is worth. The answer lies, unfortunately, in the undone studies and the unreported events. Machine learning will be a much greater help when those problems are addressed.
Also: Study of causes of science skepticism sails right by the most obvious cause