A product of carefully balanced chaos? According to the last whiz that blew through here, There is no “I” anyway.
Instead, consciousness might emerge from a careful balancing that causes the brain to “explore” the maximum number of unique pathways to generate meaning, he says. The researchers call this balance point “a critical point.”“[It’s] like cars exploring the streets of the city,” Tagliazucchi says. “If the cars move always in the same restrictive manner, if they move from point A to point B and back, at the end of the day you don’t really understand the city. But if the cars are thorough explorers and go through all possible parts of the city, you get a map that’s very close to the actual map of the city. At the critical point, the cars are exploring the streets in the optimal way.”
Unlike cars, though, the flow of electricity through our brains is not driven by some sentient force with will or intent. And, in fact, what causes the brain to move between states of consciousness and unconsciousness—to and from the critical point—remains unknown. “If you’re in a critical point, the brain is really chaotic,” Boly says. “If you’re far from there, it’s too monotonous or stable.”More.
Consciousness is without any sentient force with will or intent, but the cars driven by conscious drivers are guided by it? We all know that, don’t we?
Yes, I think we have hit on the solution.
See also: Neuroscience tried wholly embracing naturalism, but then the brain got away
Would we give up naturalism to solve the hard problem of consciousness? (Maybe we’d better.)
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