Tuesday, May 8, 2007
The Future of Mind Science
Mind-scientists have their creeds, just as religious
believers do. Francis Crick spelled out his reductionist
vision at the beginning of his book “The Astonishing
“You: your joys and your sorrows, your memories
and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity
and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior
of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated
molecules.” As Lewis Carroll’s Alice might have
phrased it, “You’re nothing but a pack of neurons.”
In a sense, Crick is right. We are nothing but a
pack of neurons. At the same time, neuroscience has
so far proved to be oddly unsatisfactory. Explaining
the mind in terms of neurons has not yielded much
more insight or benefit than explaining the mind in
terms of quarks and electrons.
There are many alternative reductionisms. We are
nothing but a pack of idiosyncratic genes. We are nothing
but a pack of adaptations sculpted by natural selection.
We are nothing but a pack of computational
devices dedicated to different tasks. We are nothing
but a pack of sexual neuroses. These proclamations,
like Crick’s, are all defensible, and they are all inadequate....
Teratone Vision Audio-Video workshop @ trip bubble lab.
Edirol V4 Video Mixer + Gemini DJ Audio Mixer
Alternate solo configuration with AV Mixer Demo
::AV Vinyl Timeline Control, Pitch & Scratch
Technics MkII Turntables + MsPinky IWS
Legacy kaos pad with linked Audio & Video mapping
VJ Ikar + VJ Soyouth
Sony & Dell Dualcore laptops, Edirol & M-Audio Asio Soundcards, Novation Remote25 Controller
Expect some upgrade in the months to come ;-)