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
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