My email pgm sometimes (as now) balks at quote/copying material from emails I'm replying to. So I'll do as best
to reply without having your exact words to refer to.

re Bruno's inquiring about how I link changes of inertia
to Csness, I'll do that in a few days.

re Gendankens - I won't waste time debating you. The only thing that's important about gedankens is that they
isolate and highlight certain relationships which seem
important to the line of inquiry. If real-event scenarios
& analogs can be used - all the better. But if invented,
that's not criminal or necessarily 'conceptually illegal'
:-) .. serves the inquiry and 'what if' exploration of relations, I WOULD SAY.

re 'falling branch/tree', yes it came to be 'experienced
sound' versus 'generated wave' - but originally, it was
a clear 'existential' question: can a thing 'exist' if
something else doesn't experience the effects OF that
first thing's existence.   Ie: if science hasn't acknowledged
something experimentally/experientially, then the 'something'
has no verity or validity.  No 'proof', no existence.

Unfortunately, there is a conflated/confused definition of
'proof'; it now embraces: 'explanation' and independent record.

re Csness=data storage.  Yes, you no longer count it sufficient for
Csness. But a lot of folks do, especially AI researchers. They presume that 'memory reconstitution' is equal to Csness reconstitution.
And that's not the case.

re femto coma-awakening-death.  it may be the gedanken you may find
frustrating, and then cast it aside as 'unknowable', and if
unknowable, then ..SOWHAT", but I put it to you that this is exactly the relational key to understanding Csness.

What is the limit of us, or any system for that matter, to wholistically
'experience itself'.   That was the opening concept notion I put forth
in Understanding the Integral Universe.  "Imagine youself floating
totally alone in a lightless, energyless universe, with no external
anything - to gauge anything by. Not motion not anything. ..." "What purpose would consciousness serve? .. It wouldn't. Consciousness
is only of utile value in situations where self encounters else."

I keep on that track of logic for a while, parsing away until
concluding that anykind of 'response' can be embraced as a
'primitive consciousness' - no matter that its not
complex or re-reportable/transmittable/sharable.  But it's
at that extreme, that I conclude that any holistic system,
even if minimalized in complexness of architecture, can
be projected to be holistically self-sensitive in an
information disseminational way. That the formative entity: spacetime - it already presumed non-discontinuous.
That continuousness is the stage for disseminated information,
where changes of time, motion, fields, forces, waves --
least action -- constitute a 'sharing' of change-information.
The Batesonian minimal'bit'. Reliant on the smallest spacetime 'change' .. which is identifiable as some or any change-of-inertia event.

[ok Bruno, I guess here is a good portion of what you were asking about].

My main goal was this:  find a reasonable comprehension for
primitives that could develop into complexities - have a core foundation of simple 'relations' that -become- human/animal sentience. Bridge the realms of physics
and biology, without breaking the known/presumed relations
already identified.

Only I had to make one crucial change in definitions.

The universe is not dichotomized nonliving/living.  It is
dichotomized preliving/living. The qualia we find in living systems ARE PRESENT in pre-animate systems, only
they are there in simple basic preparatives forms.

My favorite example being the valence shells of atoms.
These are relationally and effectively the "lungs" of an atom - able to fill (inhale) an electron, and unfill (exhale) an electron. Do atoms actively flex these 'cavities' to capture/exude electrons? No, absolutely not. But life 'breathes', if and only if atoms chemically transfer electrons by moving them
into and out of valence shelled arrangements.  Life
'breathes' because atoms breathe. Atoms aren't 'alive', but we couldn't be either unless that shared/similar function-relation was fundamentally there in the first place.

The same goes for Csness. The universe is a fundamentally pansentient organization with many
levels of sentient compleness and self-awareness.
We humans, are part of the sentient capacity of the
universe to 'understand itself'.  We aren't a separate
mentality exploring an "it" -- 'out there';  we ARE
a piece of the 'it' exploring the other parts of
the It.  We are the universe attempting to not
just experience itself, but to understand itself - in a novel, different, available, way.

7 Jan 2007

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