I was on the way to revisit Lausten’s suggested ‘Nature of Reality’ because Alan Wallace said a few things that are worth highlighting as he makes such a good example of someone who’s sealed himself within mindscape. His ideas comes across as being totally oblivious to the fact of our biological origins. But that’s just my first late night impressions, I’ve been wanting to do a focused listen through.
I have some free time for a couple days so though I get it done now, but stumbled on this, thought I’d just take a peek, but Peter Hiesinger was too real and fascinating to stop listening.
It’s amazing and a wonderful example of a point I keep trying to make. How the deepest answers will not be found within the genius mindscapes of philosophical/mathematical arguments and conclusion.
The important answers will be learned through carefully observing nature/evolution/earth along with wet and squishy biology. Yes, of course, always processed through that same amazing mindscape - but with a constant appreciation that the touchstone with reality will only be found, out there, in the material world, not within the mindscape of our conjectures.
The other thing this video does, is add another layer of texture to one of those memes I’ve been trumpeting as much as possible, because I think it’s such a fundamental key to clear understanding.
We cannot understand an organism, without also understanding the environment it’s embedded within.
While neurobiologists investigate how nature accomplishes this feat, computer scientists interested in artificial intelligence strive to achieve this through technology. The Self-Assembling Brain tells the stories of both fields, exploring the historical and modern approaches taken by the scientists pursuing answers to the quandary: What information is necessary to make an intelligent neural network? …
Peter Robin Hiesinger is professor of neurobiology at the Institute for Biology, Freie Universität Berlin. He runs an active neurogenetics research laboratory and teaches students at graduate and undergraduate levels.