On Apr 4, 2:58 pm, Evgenii Rudnyi <use...@rudnyi.ru> wrote:
> The term late error detection as such could be employed without
> consciousness indeed. Yet, Jeffrey Gray gives it some special meaning
> that I will try briefly describe below.
> Jeffrey Gray in his book speaks about conscious experience, that is,
> exactly about qualia. Self, mind, and intellect as such is not there.
> He has tried first hard to put conscious experience in the framework of
> the normal science (I guess that he means here physicalism) but then he
> shows that conscious experience cannot be explained by the theories
> within a normal science (functionalism, neural correlates of
> consciousness, etc.).
> According to him, conscious experience is some multipurpose display. It
> is necessary yet to find how Nature produces it but at the moment this
> is not that important.
> He considers an organism from a cybernetic viewpoint, as a bunch of
> feedback mechanisms (servomechanisms). For a servomechanism it is
> necessary to set a goal and then to have a comparator that compares the
> goal with the reality. It might function okay at the unconscious level
> but conscious experience binds everything together in its display. This
> binding happens not only between different senses (multimodal binding)
> but also within a single sense (intramodel binding). For example we
> consciously experience a red kite as a whole, although in the brain
> lines, colors, surfaces are processed independently. Yet we cannot
> consciously experience a red kite not as a whole, just try it.
> Hence the conscious display gives a new opportunity to compare
> expectations with reality and Jeffrey Grayrefers to it as late error
> detection. That is, there is a bunch of servomechanisms that are running
> on their own but then conscious experience allows brain to synchronize
> everything together. This is a clear advantage from the Evolution viewpoint.
> Evgenii

If an evolutionary advantage would be conferred by synchronization and
binding of data, why not just synchronize and bind the data
quantitatively? Parallel processing, compression, etc. Where would the
possibility of experienced qualities come in?


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