On 6/25/2011 1:07 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
But a consequence is that a universal machine consciousness cannot sleep, making consciousness some sort of absolute invariant. I think Descartes got a similar idea, with other people. Now, we have to explain why we wake up in the morning with a feeling of having been unconscious, or having been conscious in some hazy way. Yes, that's true and need an explanation.

And a possible explanation is that the brain systematically makes us amnesic experience, discard information, well: its main work consists to hide and destroy information.

I think long-term memories are formed during sleep, though perhaps during dreaming rather than periods of unconsciousness. Of course it's questionable whether one is ever really unconscious during sleep; almost everyone will instantly awaken if you whisper their name to them while asleep.


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