On the border of the mind Magazine philosophy

Each week Philomag offers you a selection of articles published in the French and foreign press, revolving around a common theme. Articles that have surprised, questioned, and annoyed us. Opportunity to discover new perspectives and events in the world through news.

This week, a theme: The limit of the mind Where does consciousness begin? Does thinking stop at the boundaries of our body? What does this have to do with the real world? And with the virtual world? Will we ever be able to create a soul? At regular intervals, in public spaces – from the media to academic debates, many questions come up. Illumination in four sections.

David Chalmers: “We invest money in the physical world – and we can do the same in the digital world.”

Does digital space exist, or does it exist only in our minds? The question has been badly asked, says the Australian philosopher David Chalmers In New York Times : “As a philosopher, I think the meaning of our lives lies in our consciousness. People are aware, which gives us the ability to invest money in the physical world. We can do the same with virtual reality. A From this point of view, “Our virtual life is real life”, And not enchanted life, lost in a pseudo-world without continuity. When we oppose real and virtual, we go astray.

Adam Frank: “The mechanical metaphor for talking about life and the mind, I think, is deeply flawed.”

What if the mind is a parasite attached to the body: This idea was explored by American astronomers Adam Frank That website Big thinkFrom reading the novel Blind sight (2006; trans. Fr. Le Bélial, 2021) by Canadian science fiction writer Peter Watts. It may be that the mind is simply a “Energy-intensive supplements for brain function that are not necessary for intelligence” ? A leech that appeared miraculously in evolution, which we should expect to disappear soon? The idea is stimulating… but frank, according to Frank. She “Based on the use of mechanical metaphors to talk about life and mind (in short, you are nothing but a flesh computer).”. Insufficient.

Harmona Sorek and Rafael Malach: “The brain is the basis of everything we have”

To understand the mind, you must start by studying the brain, Neurologists say Harmona Sorek And Rafael Malach In an interview with Jerusalem Post : “The human brain […] The basis of this […] Our experiences, our thoughts and our unconscious processes. […] All of our conscious and unconscious psychological processes begin with a tissue called the human brain. – The “More complex tissue” Of our organization. If we ever want to create artificial intelligence, a materialistic approach is essential for researchers: “We have a lot to learn before programming the brain, but it’s a good thing we’re trying. A

Benjamin Curtis and Julian Savulescu: “We know we are not zombies; How can we be sure that others are not? A

What should we think about this artificial intelligence of Google? – For LaMDA Language model for dialog applications – Which one of the firm’s engineers, Blake Lemoin, recently confirmed that he was “sensitive” and aware? Premature, answer the philosophers Benjamin Curtis And Julian Savulescu Inside Conversation. “Consciousness goes through the possession of what philosophers call it “Qualia”. These are the raw sensations of our feelings: pain, joy, emotion, color, sound, smell.. Power “See red”And not just power “Say you saw red “LaMDA is a very complex symbol manipulator”, Which processes a large amount of data to respond to its interlocutors. But “There is no reason to think he understands what he is saying or feeling.”.

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