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Daniel Dennett: 'I don't like theory of mind' – interview

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American philosopher Daniel Dennett talks to Carole Jahme about faith, science, empathy – and Short Circuit

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This week American philosopher Daniel Dennett, a long-time stalwart of Darwin@LSE, shared his wisdom with a lunchtime crowd in the London School of Economics' Old Theatre. Since fellow philosopher Helena Cronin's 1995 launch of the LSE hub (which is devoted to evolution's maxims) Dennett has been a regular guest. His mission this week to persuade the public that cultural evolution exists and is facilitated due to our hierarchical nature, where those at the top tell others what to think and do. Dennett rhetorically asked, "Does culture make us smart enough to have minds?"

From studying the human ability to become good at things without understanding, which then leads to our acquisition of the cognisance to comprehend, via our competence, Dennett favours the theory (first suggested by Richard Dawkins) that our social learning has given us a second information highway (in addition to the genetic highway) where the transmission of variant cultural information (memes) takes place via differential replication. Software viruses, for example, can be understood as memes, and as memes evolve in complexity, so does human cognition: "The mind is the effect, not the cause."

Not all philosophers, including Cronin, agree that natural selection shapes culture. But Dennett goes even further, describing a spectrum where, at one end, memes are authorless and free floating and at the opposite end they are guided by forethought, are less Darwinian and more purposeful, such as statistics, computer software and poetry. "Natural selection is not gene centrist and nor is biology all about genes, our comprehending minds are a result of our fast evolving culture. Words are memes that can be spoken and words are the best example of memes. Words have a genealogy and it's easier to trace the evolution of a single word than the evolution of a language."

Because Dennett is an approachable, kind man, once his lecture finished I proposed accompanying him to his lunch appointment and asking a few questions en route. Luckily, he agreed.


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..i da li je samo jezik slučajno ili namjerno sredstvo kojime se čitav svemir koristi. Jezik, govor, nije samo specifičan za ljude. Komunikacija se odvija na svim nivoima. 

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Freezing singularities in water drops - YouTube

In this fluid dynamics video we show how a drop of water freezes into a singular shape when deposited on a cold surface. To see more videos like this, visit ...
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Matthew J Price - Google+ - Halloween 2012: street corner prophet

Matthew J Price - Google+ - Halloween 2012: street corner prophet | Singularity science | Scoop.it
Halloween 2012: street corner prophet
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..and there we go. It seems there is more than one type of singularity. One that is more near us, in us within us.

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Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so…

Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering thinks so… | Singularity science | Scoop.it
Ray Kurzweil popularised the 'singularity' concept, when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. Now he is trying to make it a reality for Google.
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..we could only hope we won't be catch in this ugly story where humanity will be seduced to bio-mechanical way of living. We have forget our part in this nature and Universe. Hope this won't happen that soon.

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Joshua Foer: John Quijada and Ithkuil, the Language He Invented

Joshua Foer: John Quijada and Ithkuil, the Language He Invented | Singularity science | Scoop.it
Quijada, a fifty-four-year-old former employee of the California D.M.V., spent three decades inventing Ithkuil, an artificial language which is both maximally precise and maximally concise.

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..So ... there are people that can simply be left as they guide you through the amazing world of fantasy adventure with no end and the beginning, in fact I've been thinking about a new letter odosno symbols that zamijenjivali complete dictionaries and actually serve the same need, at the level of communication the entire planet Earth. Always welcome the innovative and creative people.

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It wasn’t long after he released his manuscript on the Internet that a small community of language enthusiasts began to recognize what Quijada, a civil servant without an advanced degree, had accomplished. Ithkuil, one Web site declared, “is a monument to human ingenuity and design.” It may be the most complete realization of a quixotic dream that has entranced philosophers for centuries: the creation of a more perfect language.

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11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox - io9

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11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox
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One possibility is the technological Singularity.
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The way people think is just a reflection of what I call ljenošču brain. You could tell Copy-Paste relations. But it is interesting to know the possible options we blow to the neck.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD) - Google+ - GRAIL Maps the Moon's Gravity Image Credit & Copyright:…

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GRAIL Maps the Moon's Gravity
Image Credit & Copyright: +NASA, JPL-Caltech, MIT, GSFC
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130319.html

How did the Moon form? To…
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Fantastic. Precisely, this proves that the existence of gravity between matter in the space-time continuum is actually wrong and that gravity is uniform form of antimatter.
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The Architecture Of Motivation Edge master Class 2011 | Conversation | Edge

The Architecture Of Motivation Edge master Class 2011 | Conversation | Edge | Singularity science | Scoop.it

LEDA COSMIDES is a Professor of Psychology and Co-director (with John Tooby) of Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara


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..i da naravno napokon nešto interesantnog. Naime riječ je o računici prema motivaciji, što me jako zanima zato što zapravo školski sistem nam briše ljudima urođenu računicu za onu 'trojku' iz matematike.. žalosno!

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FastTFriend's comment, February 28, 2013 2:34 AM
that sounds interesting. Is there any reference online?
danijel drnić's comment, March 1, 2013 5:34 AM
not unfortunately, just started my blog site recently but is half done, still need to do some work on it, but in short. Modern man let's call him from cave period for a modern, did something wrong in way we captivate the knowledge. Integrity as closest part to our identity as inbuilt mechanism which one we posses like part deduction of universal intellect, my guess Universe has given us intellectual weft/matrix for future identity-integrity of estates.
danijel drnić's comment, March 1, 2013 5:37 AM
P.S. we operating everything on just of half an formula.
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Best Singularity YouTube videos

Seen any good Singularity YouTube Videos? Check these out! Why not submit your own favorites?

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..the prerequisite of our existence are black holes with them singularities. Universe is absolute to all matter which is relative. Our brain is same ordered. We don't need technological upheaval we are singular by born.
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danijel drnić's comment, February 15, 2013 6:06 AM
...we r singularity all time, cos we live in one, as one in relation (universe)apsolute-(matter)relative....(brain)apsolute-(thoughts)relative...
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Who Do We Think WE Are? - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise (blog)

Who Do We Think WE Are?
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In the center of a black hole is a “singularity” he writes. And they are small.
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My black hole theory of computing - Gartner Blog Network

My black hole theory of computing - Gartner Blog Network | Singularity science | Scoop.it
This continues in parallel with new universes (OS), planets (programs) and black wholes being continually created and collapsing. Therefore, similar to black holes, the CPU, server OS will ultimately swallow up all functions ...
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.........haha, no need to comment this too much, but I can't disagree less .

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How much does antimatter weigh? - Io9

How much does antimatter weigh? - Io9 | Singularity science | Scoop.it
In almost every way that counts, matter and antimatter are just two sides of the same coin – one of the central symmetries of the laws of the universe. Every experiment we've ever done, for instance, nets the same number of ...
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..hmh, I would like to interpret that 1 as 'it is' but not as 'it has'. 

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A little stress can make brains sharper

A little stress can make brains sharper | Singularity science | Scoop.it

UC BERKELEY (US) — Acute stress that’s short-lived, not chronic, primes the brain for improved performance, according to new research. SE


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.. Elevated state of consciousness in which any decision or action can make much faster and more accurate and it beyond doubt or lack of at least those parts that are actually irrelevant.

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Daniel Dennett: 'I don't like theory of mind' – interview

Daniel Dennett: 'I don't like theory of mind' – interview | Singularity science | Scoop.it
American philosopher Daniel Dennett talks to Carole Jahme about faith, science, empathy – and Short Circuit

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This week American philosopher Daniel Dennett, a long-time stalwart of Darwin@LSE, shared his wisdom with a lunchtime crowd in the London School of Economics' Old Theatre. Since fellow philosopher Helena Cronin's 1995 launch of the LSE hub (which is devoted to evolution's maxims) Dennett has been a regular guest. His mission this week to persuade the public that cultural evolution exists and is facilitated due to our hierarchical nature, where those at the top tell others what to think and do. Dennett rhetorically asked, "Does culture make us smart enough to have minds?"

From studying the human ability to become good at things without understanding, which then leads to our acquisition of the cognisance to comprehend, via our competence, Dennett favours the theory (first suggested by Richard Dawkins) that our social learning has given us a second information highway (in addition to the genetic highway) where the transmission of variant cultural information (memes) takes place via differential replication. Software viruses, for example, can be understood as memes, and as memes evolve in complexity, so does human cognition: "The mind is the effect, not the cause."

Not all philosophers, including Cronin, agree that natural selection shapes culture. But Dennett goes even further, describing a spectrum where, at one end, memes are authorless and free floating and at the opposite end they are guided by forethought, are less Darwinian and more purposeful, such as statistics, computer software and poetry. "Natural selection is not gene centrist and nor is biology all about genes, our comprehending minds are a result of our fast evolving culture. Words are memes that can be spoken and words are the best example of memes. Words have a genealogy and it's easier to trace the evolution of a single word than the evolution of a language."

Because Dennett is an approachable, kind man, once his lecture finished I proposed accompanying him to his lunch appointment and asking a few questions en route. Luckily, he agreed.


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..i da li je samo jezik slučajno ili namjerno sredstvo kojime se čitav svemir koristi. Jezik, govor, nije samo specifičan za ljude. Komunikacija se odvija na svim nivoima. 

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A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain. | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain. | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Singularity science | Scoop.it
Embodied cognition, the idea that the mind is not only connected to the body but that the body influences the mind, is one of the more ...

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Your mind and body are not two poles. Kant, rip...

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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel | Singularity science | Scoop.it

The Internet now already has a couple of billion nodes. Each node is a computer. Each one of these computers contains a couple of billion transistors, so it is in principle possible that the complexity of the Internet is such that it feels like something to be conscious. I mean, that’s what it would be if the Internet as a whole has consciousness. Depending on the exact state of the transistors in the Internet, it might feel sad one day and happy another day, or whatever the equivalent is in Internet space. (…)

 

What I’m serious about is that the Internet, in principle, could have conscious states. Now, do these conscious states express happiness? Do they express pain? Pleasure? Anger? Red? Blue? That really depends on the exact kind of relationship between the transistors, the nodes, the computers. It’s more difficult to ascertain what exactly it feels. But there’s no question that in principle it could feel something. (…)

 

Christof Koch, American neuroscientist working on the neural basis of consciousness, Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at California Institute of Technology, The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel, The Atlantic, Aug 22, 2012.

 

(Illustration: folkert: Noosphere)


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...negdije davno, davno tko to zna, možda i prije nekoliko miliona godina čovijek je krenuo krivim putem, od prvih crteža u pečinama, prvih slova... nažalost nije bili nikoga da nam kaže da griješimo u prvim koracima.

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danijel drnić's comment, February 21, 2013 4:39 PM
Have you ever tried to move an arm or a leg just by thinking, not with the mechanics of movement, but simply thoughts??? I failed.
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Monster Black Holes Grow Surprisingly Fast - Space.com

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Monster Black Holes Grow Surprisingly Fast
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Giant black holes are famous for their appetites, but these matter-munching monsters are even greedier than scientists once thought, a new study suggests.
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.. I guess it's because in addition to the matter antimatter food eats free antimatter. 
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