Ask A Genius 312 – Constructivist and Essentialist Consciousness (6)
October 6, 2017
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Rick Rosner: We’ve thought that this requires an entire reshuffling of the contents of the universe. That the current active universe, all its contents are pushed to the side and then other parts of the universe that have been sitting on the sidelines rotate in to constitute the new thought, and so it means then in the wider universe if the universe is actually thinking what I thought might take twenty or thirty or fifty billion years for the action of the universe to play out for galaxies and then for stars to form and for them to go through their life cycles and then for the galaxies to burn out and then to fall away to be replaced by new active galaxies expressing a new thought.
But that’s an essentialist structure that you have these parts of the universe that embodied the thought and then they have to each be shunted aside for the new parts of the new thought. But under a constructivist construction, the various parts of the universe don’t individually, like each galaxy or each star or whatever, embody some module that is a self-contained representation or expression or whatever of a concept or an emotion or whatever you want but the contents of the by-products of information processing are manifested in combinations of neurons or stellar galactic structures for flying that metaphor of the universe as a whole.
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American Television Writer
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