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Month: May 2021

Why Don't Changes to Our Bodies Create a Different Consciousness? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

In the third podcast of the “Unity of Consciousness” series, Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks interviews Angus Menuge, professor and chair of philosophy at Concordia University, on unique features of human consciousness, including the question of why there really can’t be two of you. But Dr. Marks asks one final question: If consciousness is simply generated by the body, as materialists think, why don’t changes to our bodies create different consciousnesses?


This portion begins at 11:06 min. A partial transcript, Show Notes, and Additional Resources follow.

Robert J. Marks: There are cells that change quite a lot. And then there are cells that don’t change a lot, for example, neurons.

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New tool activates deep brain neurons by combining ultrasound, genetics

Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy have had some treatment success with deep brain stimulation, but those require surgical device implantation. A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a new brain stimulation technique using focused ultrasound that is able to turn specific types of neurons in the brain on and off and precisely control motor activity without surgical device implantation.

The team, led by Hong Chen, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering and of radiation oncology at the School of Medicine, is the first to provide direct evidence showing noninvasive, cell-type-specific activation of neurons in the brain of mammal by combining ultrasound-induced heating effect and genetics, which they have named sonothermogenetics.

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Waking just one hour earlier cuts depression risk by double digits, study finds

Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person’s risk of major depression by 23%, suggests a sweeping new genetic study published May 26 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

The study of 840,000 people, by researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, represents some of the strongest evidence yet that chronotype — a person’s propensity to sleep at a certain time — influences depression risk.

It’s also among the first studies to quantify just how much, or little, change is required to influence mental health.

As people emerge, post-pandemic, from working and attending school remotely — a trend that has led many to shift to a later sleep schedule — the findings could have important implications.

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The Mother of All Talkshows with George Galloway – Episode 106

Join Marty as he sits down with Whitney Webb to discuss: – Epstein + Deutschebank – The history of Kroll Associates – The global intelligence community – Private intelligence companies – The blending of the State + Big Tech – Human trafficking – NGOs as a front for trafficking – The 2020 Election and potential shenanigans – 9/11

Continue reading: https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/05/press/the-mother-of-all-talkshows-with-george-galloway-episode-106/

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Biologists construct a 'periodic table' for cell nuclei

One hundred fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table, a system for classifying atoms based on the properties of their nuclei. This week, a team of biologists studying the tree of life has unveiled a new classification system for cell nuclei and discovered a method for transmuting one type of cell nucleus into another.

The study, which appears this week in the journal Science, emerged from several once-separate efforts. One of these centered on the DNA Zoo, an international consortium spanning dozens of institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, the National Science Foundation-supported Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) at Rice University, the University of Western Australia and SeaWorld.

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Journalism in the Age of Big Tech Censorship – Whitney Webb, Ryan Cristian, & Derrick Broze

Journalist Whitney Webb returns to discuss the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, her family ties to the brave heroes of the intelligence community, and how big tech is just trying to keep you safe! #SaveTheOceans #StopOverFishing

Continue reading: https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/05/press/journalism-in-the-age-of-big-tech-censorship-whitney-webb-ryan-cristian-derrick-broze/

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Whitney Webb Explains The Epstein And Gates Relationship You Won’t Hear About

Whitney Webb joins TrineDay to discuss The Wellcome Leap, which professes to advance healthcare but is led by people who focus on transhumanist technologies, specifically brain-machine interfaces and other technology aimed at merging humans and machines. Whitney and Kris also discuss sexual blackmail going back to J. Edgar Hoover in the FBI and how the FBI functions as the cover-up agency for “The Sordid Union between Intelligence and Organized Crime that gave rise to Jeffrey Epstein”

Continue reading: https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/05/press/whitney-webb-explains-the-epstein-and-gates-relationship-you-wont-hear-about/

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Could Artificial Intelligence Actually Think Like Humans? – The Great Courses Daily News

By David K. Johnson, Ph.D., King’s College

The question isn’t merely whether machines could be artificially intelligent. It’s whether they could have minds in the same way humans do. What’s the difference? Intelligence is only part of human mindedness—our ability to use and understand language, make plans and decisions, solve problems, and strategize.

Someday, robots might be able to solve problems, but could they become genuinely self-aware? (Image: maxuser/Shutterstock)

Sentient Beings

The human mind also includes subjective experiences: emotions, memories, sensory perceptions (like vision and hearing)—what we might call ‘consciousness’. And humans are also self-aware—they have a kind of meta-consciousness where they are aware of their own awareness and of themselves and their own ego.

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Intelligence: A Thousand Brains — or a Thousand Theories? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Jeff Hawkins, inventor of PalmPilot (a smartphone predecessor) and co-founder of Numenta (2005), does not lack confidence. After an interview with him in connection with his new book, A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence (Basic Books 2021), Will Douglas Heaven tells us at MIT Review, “Neuroscientist and tech entrepreneur Jeff Hawkins claims he’s figured out how intelligence works—and he wants every AI lab in the world to know about it”:

He’s not the first Silicon Valley entrepreneur to think he has all the answers—and not everyone is likely to agree with his conclusions. But his ideas could shake up AI.

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RESET: It’s Never Too Late to Plan Your Year

It may seem like January was just yesterday, but the reality is June is on the horizon. If you find yourself looking at the middle of the year wondering where all that time went, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s perfectly normal to feel like time got away from you in the best of times, and during, well, not the best of times it’s easy for our perception of time to get even more out of whack.

Thankfully, being midway through the year doesn’t have to be viewed with trepidation. Whether you’ve really hit the ball out of the park and knocked over every 2021 domino, or stumbled a bit out of the gate, there’s no better time than now to hit RESET on your goals.… Read more...

Electric fish — and humans — pause before communicating key points

American writer and humorist Mark Twain, a master of language and noted lecturer, once offered, “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”

Electric fish and today’s TED talk speakers take a page from Twain’s playbook. They pause before sharing something particularly meaningful. Pauses also prime the sensory systems to receive new and important information, according to research from Washington University in St. Louis.

“There is an increased response in listeners to words — or in this case, electrical pulses — that happens right after a pause,” said Bruce Carlson, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences and corresponding author of the study published May 26 in Current Biology.

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OpenAI Startup Fund

The OpenAI Startup Fund is investing $100 million to help AI companies have a profound, positive impact on the world. We’re looking to partner with a small number of early-stage startups in fields where artificial intelligence can have a transformative effect—like health care, climate change, and education—and where AI tools can empower people by helping them be more productive.
The fund is managed by OpenAI, with investment from Microsoft and other OpenAI partners. In addition to…… Read more...

Understanding of invisible but mighty particles in Earth's radiation belts

Tiny charged electrons and protons which can damage satellites and alter the ozone have revealed some of their mysteries to University of Otago scientists.

In a study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, the group looked at charged particles interacting with a type of radio wave called ‘EMIC’ — a wave generated in Earth’s radiation belts (invisible rings of charged particles orbiting the Earth).

Lead author Dr Aaron Hendry, of the Department of Physics, says it is important to understand how these waves affect the belts — which are filled with expensive and important satellites — and Earth’s climate.

“Much like the Earth’s atmosphere, the Earth’s magnetosphere — the region around the Earth where our magnetic field is stronger than the Sun’s — sometimes experiences strong ‘storms’, or periods of high activity.

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Memory details fade over time, with only the main gist preserved

What information is retained in a memory over time, and which parts get lost? These questions have led to many scientific theories over the years, and now a team of researchers at the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham have been able to provide some answers.

Their new study, which is published today in Nature Communications, demonstrates that our memories become less vibrant and detailed over time, with only the central gist eventually preserved. Moreover, this ‘gistification’ of our memories is boosted when we frequently recall our recent experiences.

The work could have implications in a number of areas, including the nature of memories in post-traumatic stress disorder, the repeated questioning of eye-witness testimonies and even in best practice for exam studying.

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The Cover-Up Continues: The Truth About Bill Gates, Microsoft, and Jeffrey Epstein

In early May, the announcement that Bill and Melinda Gates would be divorcing after twenty-seven years of marriage shocked both those that praise and those that loathe the “philanthropic” power couple.

Less than a week after the initial announcement of the divorce, on May 7, the Daily Beast reported that Melinda Gates had allegedly been “deeply troubled” by Bill Gates’s relationship with child sex trafficker and intelligence asset Jeffrey Epstein. The report suggested that Melinda was a major reason for her husband’s decision to distance himself from Epstein around 2014 because of her discomfort with Epstein after they both met him in 2013.

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How to boost muscle regeneration and rebuild tissue

One of the many effects of aging is loss of muscle mass, which contributes to disability in older people. To counter this loss, scientists at the Salk Institute are studying ways to accelerate the regeneration of muscle tissue, using a combination of molecular compounds that are commonly used in stem-cell research.

In a study published on May 25, 2021, in Nature Communications, the investigators showed that using these compounds increased the regeneration of muscle cells in mice by activating the precursors of muscle cells, called myogenic progenitors. Although more work is needed before this approach can be applied in humans, the research provides insight into the underlying mechanisms related to muscle regeneration and growth and could one day help athletes as well as aging adults regenerate tissue more effectively.

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Dark matter map reveals hidden bridges between galaxies

A new map of dark matter in the local universe reveals several previously undiscovered filamentary structures connecting galaxies. The map, developed using machine learning by an international team including a Penn State astrophysicist, could enable studies about the nature of dark matter as well as about the history and future of our local universe.

Dark matter is an elusive substance that makes up 80% of the universe. It also provides the skeleton for what cosmologists call the cosmic web, the large-scale structure of the universe that, due to its gravitational influence, dictates the motion of galaxies and other cosmic material. However, the distribution of local dark matter is currently unknown because it cannot be measured directly.

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Can We Apply Tests for Consciousness to Artificial Intelligence? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

In Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks’s second podcast with philosopher Angus Menuge, where the big topic is the perennial “Hard Problem of consciousness, they established that one of the implications of quantum mechanics is that consciousness is a “thing”; it exists in its own right. How can we apply that finding to claims for artificial intelligence?


This portion begins at 25:33 min. A partial transcript, Show Notes, and Additional Resources follow.

Robert J. Marks (pictured): Here is the big AI question: I know that I am conscious. Is there a way we can test for consciousness in others?

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Law, Artificial Intelligence, And Science Fiction: Reflections on Implications of “Upload” on Copyright, Contract, and Human Rights Law – JURIST

João Marinotti, Fellow at the Indiana University Center for Intellectual Property Research, and the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University, and Asaf Lubin, Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University, discuss the legal implications on the copyright, contract, and human rights as witnessed in the American science fiction show “Upload”…

In April 2020, Amazon released a comedy series called “Upload.” The show extrapolates a future in which technological advances have led to the successful simulation of human consciousness in silico. This technology is used by companies to “upload” dying individuals into digital worlds where they can “live” in perpetuity.

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Whitney Webb Talks Supply Chain, Ransomware, WEF & More on Slow News Day

Robbie Martin speaks to investigative journalist and writer Whitney Webb about her incredible in-depth new series about a group of sketchy individuals who weave a thread of anthrax, bio-terror fear mongering and ‘pandemic preparedness’ through the Bush Sr, Clinton, George W Bush administration and now the Trump administration.

Continue reading: https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/05/press/slow-news-day/

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Can a Materialist Consciousness Theory Survive Quantum Mechanics? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

In Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks’s second podcast with philosopher Angus Menuge, where the big topic is the perennial “Hard Problem of consciousness, one of the questions was whether quantum mechanics can help decipher consciousness. But that leads to another question: Can any materialist view of consciousness survive quantum mechanics?


This portion begins at 22:35 min. A partial transcript, Show Notes, and Additional Resources follow.

Robert J. Marks: Is quantum consciousness rooted in materialism? Can you look at quantum consciousness and say, this is materialistic?

Angus Menuge: That’s a tricky question. For most materialists, their paradigm is really set by older 19th-century views of physical science.

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Can Quantum Mechanics Help Decipher Consciousness? Free Will? – Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence

In Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks’s second podcast with philosopher Angus Menuge, the big topic is the perennial “Hard Problem of consciousness and various proposed solutions. One of the questions that oftemn comes up is quantum consciousness. Earlier, they had discussed Integrated Information Theory (IIT) and panpsychism. But now, what about recent Nobelist Roger Penrose’s approach: quantum consciousness?


This portion begins at 18:22 min. A partial transcript, Show Notes, and Additional Resources follow.

Robert J. Marks (pictured): Okay. Another model of consciousness of which I am aware is so-called quantum consciousness. I’m really interested in this because reading the works of Roger Penrose, he maintains that humans can do non-algorithmic things.

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Wearable “Solutions” and the Internet of Incarceration

In recent years, calls for radical prison reform and a solution to the U.S.’ opioid crisis have come to permeate national politics in the United States. With over two million people behind bars and more than 400,000 people dead from opioid misuse in the last two decades, these topics are often on the front page of major newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.

However, at the same time, the marketing of wearable technology, or wearables, as a solution to both of these hot-button issues has become promoted by key players in both the public and private sectors. Especially since COVID-19, these electronic devices that can be worn as accessories, embedded in clothes or even implanted under the skin, are frequently heralded by corporations, academics and influential think tanks as “cost effective”, technological solutions to these deeply rooted problems.

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