Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Damasio interview on his new book

The Strange Order of Things, which I'm reading now. (And continuing this post.) At 4:35 he is asked about and replies that human functioning is much more than just an algorithm. It's a critique of the computational model of minds. Which in turn leads us to how we approach morality. It also leads to the misconception that we can download our minds into a computer network because it doesn't conceptualize minds as embodied with feelings. It's also a comment on that sort of approach to artificial intelligence.

Also while he finds the precursors of feelings in ancient life forms, and that humans incorporate those ancient precursors, our feelings and consciousness does a lot more with them, including conscious, deliberate manipulation (8:40).

Also see this much longer presentation on the book.

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