Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

This building, except for my apt, is completely kipple-ized. Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apt, when you wake up the next morning there’s twice as much of it. It always gets more and more. There’s the First Law of Kipple. Kipple drives out nonkipple. But no one can win against kipple, except temporarily and maybe in one spot, like in my apt I’ve sort of created a stasis btw the pressure of kipple and nonkipple, for the time being. But eventually I’ll die or go away, and then the kipple will again take over. It’s a universal principle operating thruout the universe; the entire universe is moving twd a final state of total, absolute kippleization.

In a way, he realized, I’m part of the form-destroying process of entropy. The Rosen Association creates and I unmake.

You and I, all the bounty hunters–we stand btw the Nexus-6 and mankind, a barrier which keeps the two distinct.

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Lawless Universe – Joe Rosen (2010)

Science and the Hunt for Reality

Ch 1 – Objective or Subjective That Is the Question

We live in an objective real world, and we gain objective (actually intersubjective) knowledge of it thru our physical senses and by means of social interaction. Yet our knowledge of reality is not merely a social construct. The reliability of our knowledge derives from reality checks and from our evolutionary fitness.

Each of us possesses his or her own subjective inner world. That is where perception, feeling, emotion, belief, etc. lie. Our individual inner worlds are incommensurate with those of others.

The status of abstract logical structures (including mathematics) vis-a-vis the objectivity/subjectivity dichotomy is unclear.

Objective truth is consistency with the objective real world. Subjective truth lives in the inner world of each of us. Beliefs are subjective truths. Logical truth is the truth of logical deductions (including mathematical theorems) w/in the self-consistent frameworks in which they have been derived.

Subjective truths are all too often taken to be objective truths. Creationism is a current example of subjective truth being taken to be objective truth.

The objective real world is best comprehended by means of science.

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Emergent Design & Morphogenesis

Emergent Consciousness
by way of bottom up lower-level
systemic level interactions
seen from the eyes of a horticulturalist

cellular differentiation –
how does cell know,
“what type of cells should I turn into?”

location of variation in turgor pressure
such that transpirational SA may be reduced
under circumstances of drought stress

dedication:
Alan Turning

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Emergence Epiphany

Who else studies BioComplexity out there!??

PLANT-STRESS PHYSIOLOGY

>>> why do plant leaves curl & droop during drought stress?

Physical Determinism

loss of H2O / turgor pressure w.in cell wall / vacuole
[ due to :
matric potential – dessication
osmolarity         – eco.salinity level ]

Emergent Architecture

conservation of transpirational SA [stomata on underside of foliage]

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moral divinity
spiritual elevation

righteousness
sanctity

intellectual promotion

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NPR 13.7 – STUART KAUFFMAN

Reinventing the Sacred (Cabell Q175.32.C65 K38 2008)
Edge

Salon
religious naturalism
secular humanist

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The Ethical Brain – M. S. Gazzaniga (2005)

Start: Fri, Feb 05

Gazzaniga

  • Dartmouth
  • Dana Press

Bioethicists:

  • philosophers
  • theologians
  • public policy on morality

how the brain enables the mind
how beliefs are formed & deepened

Neuroethics

  • OLD:
    • field of philosophy
    • right/wrongs – treatment / enhancement of human brain
  • Updated:
    • social issues of disease, normality, mortality, lifestyle
    • philosophy of living informed by our understanding of underlying brain mechanisms
    • brain-based philosophy of life

the brain wants to believe. We are wired to form beliefs.
cultural influences, environment, religious beliefs.
/* (-) aspect of culture: arbitrary/random nature of subjective experiences by means of contextual variations

Ch 1

states of being
continuity argument

  • potential for development

conceptual agreement of established scientific fact; yet wide/drastic variations in rituals of determination/practice

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