Stathis Papaioannou wrote: > 2009/4/3 Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com>: > > >> But if you're going to derive physics from consciousness you need to >> explain what connects across the gap - why is it still "you". I >> appreciate that part of the answer is memories, although Bruno seems to >> think they are inessential. But even if they are part of the answer >> there still seems to me to be a problem in that almost all memories are >> *not* in consciousness at any one time. So must we invoke "unconscious >> memories" (which are where?) or some other factor that provides the >> continuity of self or do we simply assert that you are no one in >> particular when you are not remembering anything. My speculation is >> that there there is subconscious "memory" on the very short term, >> ~second, which provides continuity . This operates even when you are >> asleep so that there is continuity of events in you dreams. If you >> suffer a concussion the continuity is broken and you have gap in memory >> and in consciousness. This immediate memory provides continuity between >> times when you recall long-term memories, which are the ones Quentin is >> concerned with. >> > > I have been using the term "memories" to include more than just long > term memories. For example, I have a feeling of "being me" which > persists from moment to moment. Even though I can't put this feeling > into words, I would know immediately if something happens to change > it, since then I would no longer "feel myself". While specific to each > person, nevertheless this basal feeling would be more generic than the > feeling + superimposed complex cognition, since the latter would have > higher information content. > > > And doesn't this feeling of "being me" requires very short terms (~second) memory? I've called it "immediate memory" to distinguish it from the short term memory which seems to be on the order of a few minutes.
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