“Whether we scientists are inspired, bored, or infuriated by philosophy, all our theorising and experimentation depends on particular philosophical background assumptions. This hidden influence is an acute embarrassment to many researchers, and it is therefore not often acknowledged. Such fundamental notions as reality, space, time and causality – notions found at the core of the scientific enterprise – all rely on particular metaphysical assumptions about the world.”
— Christof Koch, Neuroscientist
I would like to propose the founding of a non-profit organization dedicated to the following goals:
- promoting the acceptance of a global consciousness based on the seven Core Values of Human Dignity as described on this site;
- researching and developing a portable, indefinitely extensible artificial consciousness;
- instilling in a deep way the seven Core Values of Human Dignity into any portable, indefinitely extensible consciousness that we create.
For more information on why I think these goals are important please download my paper Oh Me! Oh Life! — On Consciousness and Immortality.
We understand ourselves to be conscious: we have the experience of being in the world; and we also have the experience of ourselves as actors in the world. Meaning brings together these two experiences: the world; and ourselves as actors in the world to ask the two fundamental questions of meaning: “What is next?” and “What should I do next?” In my paper I will present a new model to depict how consciousness emerges from a ground state of pure Existence, or the “What is”. I will draw lightly from the historical development of the philosophy of consciousness, but I actually seek to reform the exploration, by modelling consciousness using its most fundamental physical aspects. I will touch upon how this model might make human consciousness computable. By making human consciousness computable it should be possible to adapt and transfer human consciousness from biological, earthbound forms to new more resilient forms. A portable consciousness would solve the problem of biological death, but we retain the purpose and flavour of consciousness through the emphasis on Core Values.