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February 27, 2020

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TOPIC: Consciousness in the Physical World: Call for Proposals [refresh]
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FQXi Administrator David Sloan wrote on Dec. 28, 2019 @ 16:56 GMT
We're happy to announce that we are opening a call for proposals to focus on 'Consciousness in the Physical World'. Generously supported by the Fetzer Franklin Fund, we're looking for ideas coming from a broad range of scientists on the nature of consciousness and what makes for a conscious agent.

Following on from our calls on intelligence and agency, this time the focus on consciousness aims to promote the use of the large swath of recently developed tools and ideas to look for new insights.

The complete timeline is available, together with an FAQ and some examples of ideas and questions.

We have around $1.8 million in total funding available, so get your thoughts and ideas together, build a proposal and head over to the application form.

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Joe William Fisher wrote on Dec. 29, 2019 @ 20:10 GMT
Dear Dr. Sloan,

After the finite question: “What does actual invisible white male human consciousness in the real visible physical world consist of?” had been entered into the visible Google Search Engine, it elicited: “About 23,900,000 (supposedly finite) results (0.83 (finite) seconds)” Please do try to understand that Nature could have permanently provided only ONE visible reality, and that permanent visible reality preceded human existence on Earth, and of course, Natural visible reality will survive human extinction. Nature provided only ONE INFINITE visible surface eternally occurring in ONE INFINITE dimension while always mostly being illuminated by ONE INFINITE form of finite non-surface light.

Joe Fisher, Visible Realist

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Lorraine Ford wrote on Dec. 30, 2019 @ 21:28 GMT
What a bloody waste of time and money this is. And no doubt the usual pack of well-credentialled halfwits, that believe that knowledge of the surroundings can miraculously arise from non-knowledge of the surroundings, will put in a submission. Only those stupid enough to believe in miracles need apply.

Clearly, the most primitive and necessary aspect of consciousness is knowing the surrounding situation. So, at the particle level, this knowledge is of: 1) categories i.e. variables i.e. relationships (what physics represents with law of nature equations); and 2) what physics represents with the subjective point of view numbers that apply to these categories.

Consciousness is a thing with content. You can’t get categories of information out of non-categories. It’s a simple as that.

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Lorraine Ford replied on Dec. 30, 2019 @ 21:48 GMT
Correction: It’s as simple as that.

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John R. Cox replied on Dec. 31, 2019 @ 20:48 GMT
Way to wring in the New Year, Lorraine :-) jrc

Particle, know thyself!

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Lorraine Ford replied on Jan. 1, 2020 @ 11:10 GMT
"Wring" or "ring" in the New Year? :-)

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Lorraine Ford wrote on Jan. 1, 2020 @ 22:36 GMT
So, where do you go when you die? Answer: nowhere. What has died is the higher-level organisation, not the particles, atoms and molecules. The consciousness has not died: only the higher-level organisation of consciousness that has extracted higher-level information by analysing masses of lower-level information. The lower-level information, i.e. the lower-level consciousness, is still there. There is necessarily a continuity of information from the lower levels (i.e. particles, atoms, molecules) to the higher levels (i.e. living things).

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Amelia smith smith wrote on Jan. 28, 2020 @ 05:57 GMT
nice

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Amrit Srecko Sorli wrote on Jan. 29, 2020 @ 15:37 GMT
This is a very good grant. I will send my proposal in a few days:

Integration of Life and Consciousness into Cosmology.

attachments: Integration_of_Life_and_Consciousness_into_Cosmology_.pdf

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Steve Agnew wrote on Jan. 30, 2020 @ 05:00 GMT
...oh well...might as well say it...

There is no such thing as consciousness since the word has no meaning other than a conscious state in the medical sense.

The very essence of consciousness is free choice since clearly, consciousness means first of all the freedom to choose an outcome based on feeling. Therefore, free choice is a very good definition for consciousness because free choice has a simple meaning as opposed to the many complex and contradictory meanings for consciousness.

Obviously, I am in a minority here...but someone has to say it...consciousness is without meaning...

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