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New Meetup: Frank Heile: Primary and Symbolic Consciousnesses: Two Conscious Beings in One Brain

From: Monica
Sent on: Friday, December 4, 2009 12:14 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Artificial Intelligence Meetup Group!

What: Frank Heile: Primary and Symbolic Consciousnesses: Two Conscious Beings in One Brain

When: December 13,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
TechShop
120 Independence Dr.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
[masked]

Primary and Symbolic Consciousnesses: Two Conscious Beings in One Brain

by Frank Heile PhD

I will argue for the simultaneous existence of two separate conscious entities in the human mind:

  • The primary consciousness based on sensory representational systems ? this consciousness exists in both humans and animals.
  • The symbolic consciousness based on the language representational system ? this only exists in humans.


The differences in the characteristics of the primary consciousness and symbolic consciousness will be explored. In particular, the common mistake of thinking that only symbolic consciousness exists will be examined.

Finally, the hypothesis that the God concept and spirituality in general are the likely result of the early interaction between these two separate consciousnesses will be described.

This talk is based on the two presentations I made at the Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference in 2004 and 2008.

Learn more here:
http://www.ai-meetup.org/calendar/12016024/

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