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Atheist, How can your scientists create consciousness?


  1. Define consciousness. We can create robots that take in data via sensors similar to ours and respond accordingly in physical ways. Does that count as consciousness?

  2. 1. “Scientists” don’t have anything to do with “Creating” consciousness.
    2. They are not “Our Scientists”, scientists come in all nationalities, races, genders, and a/theistic beliefs.
    3. Scientists have not yet been able to discover the exact mechanisms that create or enable consciousness.
    4. There are multiple levels of Consciousness, including but not limited to, Consciousness, Sentience, & Sapience.
    5. If you actually give a damn about answers to the question of Consciousness, here is a search for “Consciousness” from Scientific American Magazine’s website.
    I doubt you actually care to expand your understanding of this topic, but hopefully someone else reading this will take advantage of the HUGE amount of information on this one website and the fact that you have access to a magical thing called “Google”.
    Understanding Consciousness: Measure More, Argue Less
    One sign of progress in unraveling the mind-body problem is the development of new and ingenious ways to measure consciousness
    A “Complex” Theory of Consciousness
    Is complexity the secret to sentience, to a panpsychic view of consciousness?
    Is Hypnosis a Distinct Form of Consciousness?
    Studies confirm that during hypnosis subjects are not in a sleeplike state but are awake.
    When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?
    Does sentience appear in the womb, at birth or during early childhood?
    Mothers will want to crucify me for this seemingly cruel question, but it needs to be posed: How do we know that a newly born and healthy infant is conscious? There is no question that the baby is awake. Its eyes are wide open, it wriggles and grimaces, and, most important, it cries. But all that is not the same as being conscious, of experiencing pain, seeing red or smelling Mom’s milk.
    It is well recognized that infants have no awareness of their own state, emotions and motivations. Even older children who can speak have very limited insight into their own actions. Anybody who has raised a boy is familiar with the blank look on your teenager’s face when you ask him why he did something particularly rash. A shrug and “I dunno–it seemed like a good idea at the time” is the most you’ll hear.
    Although a newborn lacks self-awareness, the baby processes complex visual stimuli and attends to sounds and sights in its world, preferentially looking at faces. The infant’s visual acuity permits it to see only blobs, but the basic thalamo-cortical circuitry necessary to support simple visual and other conscious percepts is in place. And linguistic capacities in babies are shaped by the environment they grow up in. Exposure to maternal speech sounds in the muffled confines of the womb enables the fetus to pick up statistical regularities so that the newborn can distinguish its mother’s voice and even her language from others. A more complex behavior is imitation: if Dad sticks out his tongue and waggles it, the infant mimics his gesture by combining visual information with proprioceptive feedback from its own movements. It is therefore likely that the baby has some basic level of unreflective, present-oriented consciousness.
    The Road to Awareness
    But when does the magical journey of consciousness begin? Consciousness requires a sophisticated network of highly interconnected components, nerve cells. Its physical substrate, the thalamo-cortical complex that provides consciousness with its highly elaborate content, begins to be in place between the 24th and 28th week of gestation. Roughly two months later synchrony of the electroencephalographic (EEG) rhythm across both cortical hemispheres signals the onset of global neuronal integration. Thus, many of the circuit elements necessary for consciousness are in place by the third trimester. By this time, preterm infants can survive outside the womb under proper medical care. And as it is so much easier to observe and interact with a preterm baby than with a fetus of the same gestational age in the womb, the fetus is often considered to be like a preterm baby, like an unborn newborn. But this notion disregards the unique uterine environment: suspended in a warm and dark cave, connected to the placenta that pumps blood, nutrients and hormones into its growing body and brain, the fetus is asleep.

  3. By building an electronic brain and then teaching it the way parents teach a child.
    There are several such projects underway this very moment.

  4. What do you mean ‘YOUR’ scientist. Scientist created your computer, why are you hating on them?

  5. Define consciousness!!! Because evolution could easily explain it. just as we see animals like apes gain a steady ability to think critically via using tools why couldn’t it happen steadily to.

  6. Consciousness is a personal thing existing independently for each of us. It exists only in what we call the moment. I repeat that it operates independently in each of us and cannot be transmitted. We can attain the so-called higher consciousness — also known as the mystical state, ultimate reality, nirvana, etc. — only, only, only through the analysis of familiar, obvious and known things, and things we take for granted. And what is that? Our thoughts! We have to study when thoughts are there, and what they have in common with one another. Ideas such as these (which are already known to us) must become intuitively known and not known only on the surface — superficially! Obviously we know them superficially, for if we knew them fully, completely, intutively, we would all be mystics. It was Hegel who said, “Because it’s familiar, a thintg remains unknown.” Gibran said, “The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it.” Let’s express the obvious: the so-called mystical state is simply what we all know as, peace of mind and/or freedom of thought. We have not yet experienced peace of mind and freedom of thought just as we have not experience the mystical state, for they are one and the same.
    Emmanuel Karavousanos
    Author, Speaker


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