This article is also a GitHub page and Python project: https://github.com/MalcolmAR/ConsciousHabitTracker Because The Pressure of Light: how consciousness creates permanence in a universe of infinite-heterogeneity contributes to an understanding of consciousness, and because it's both helpful and fashionable to consider all meaningful theories regarding consciousness in the light of artificial intelligence, I'm writing this exposition … Continue reading Why teaching a computer to remember computing is the first step to constructing consciousness in AI
What happens in my mind happens in the universe. I am, after all, just another physical body spinning through the galaxy, riding the expanding wave of the big-bang, comfortably seated on the arrow-of-time. The imagination has a place, and every imagination moves at least a few thousand kilometers a second in this fast spinning Galaxy. My imagination, where I've time-warped across the universe, flown kilometers above the earth, and played carelessly with my past and future, is much easier to see as something quite separate from the body that spins around the galaxy for real. It's as if what I imagine appears in a bubble that pops off my head, a piece of consciousness attached, and drifts away guided by nothing but its own laws of physics. This is perfectly fine to believe, it won't threaten the true nature of time and space in the universe, because those time and space distorted bubbles are nothing but the very expected outcomes of human-imaginations. What's far more interesting to the universe about conscious-minds is the evolved structure that patterns the development of knowledge in the brain, the part that's spinning through the galaxy for real, carrying forth that knowledge-accumulation, crossing paths with other bodies, sometimes colliding and bursting into pieces that form their own little worlds.
The Pressure of Light argues that knowledge accumulates in the human mind sometimes on the straight and measurable arrow-of-time, and sometimes in a time-state distorted by uncertainty and projection. In the case of both remembered-thinking-events and remembered-external-events, the mind carves out a segment of time from what it understands is a much larger time-line of events, so that we end up with memories that have a beginning and an end. On the real arrow-of-time, segmentation is a clumsy measuring tool that is understood to have blurring at the boundaries. The mind could presume an event observed in the universe outside the self stands alone on the arrow-of-time, complete just as it's seen, but in life on the arrow-of-time the mind quickly learns to presume instead that any event is connected, either causally or contextually, to a whole cluster of unseen events on either side of those memory-carved boundaries.
The Pressure of Light has now crystalized in my mind for two years, and while the experience has been a bit scary in a consciousness-changing-way, I maintain faith that it's all positive. What it means for you, I think (isn't it humorously-relevant how 'I think' is a phrase that's meant to indicate uncertainty in a statement made?) is that everything in your mind is a memory. All you have to do to make use of that knowledge is really learn to understand that. Your reaction to your thinking, recognized feeling, or experienced awareness, is a reaction to a memory. Your ambition to think about something, is nothing more than an ambition to remember thinking about something, and it's exactly the same with a desire to feel a feeling or experience an awareness of something: all a desire to experience a memory, nothing more.
I want you to remember visualizing a glass sphere hovering above a large white table that is otherwise surrounded by the darkness of an empty universe. Don't try to put the image in your head, that doesn't make sense anymore, you can only remember it. Now, it's been the case that the human mind should add a touch perception to three-dimensional visualizations, ever since artists of ancient times discovered that to create the concept of a three-dimensional object in the mind, like a sphere, it works best to show a sphere held in the hands, so that the mind can feel the curves, or balancing on a rim, so that the mind can see the weight of the sphere teetering from one side to the other, than to simply show the sight of a sphere, which the mind can only imagine, without a concept of touch, in a very low quality way. So, you may want to remember touching the glass sphere, or remember having pushed it, so that it wobbled and bounced in its hover a little, revealing its mass.