[ExI] Possible seat of consciousness found

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 16 01:14:40 UTC 2020

John, in what sense are emotions 'easy'?  The recent finding that we cannot
make decisions without emotions has thrown a big wrench into our
understanding of decision-making and possibly a lot of other things.
Biochemically emotional expression is very complex - each chemical
affecting the brain, muscles and other body parts.

Then there is the issue of emotional control, of which we have very little.

I'd say that we understand intelligence far more than we do emotions.


bill w

On Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 5:44 PM John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 5:43 PM Brent Allsop via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >> I still don't know what "computationally bound" means
>> *> This has to do with the so called "binding problem
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binding_problem>".   Or more specifically
>> what that wikipedia article refers to as "BP2" [composite] added by me:
>> "There is the combination problem: the problem of how objects, background
>> and abstract or emotional features are combined into a single [composite]
>> experience."*
> I don't see the problem. Computer programs are computational and they have
> no problem reacting to numerous different types of inputs in a unified way.
> And I think emotions are easy but intelligence is hard, Evolution thought
> so too. Emotional behavior like fear has been around since multicellular
> creatures appeared at least 600 million years ago, but Evolution only
> figured out how to produce the sort of intelligence that makes humans
> fundamentally different from the other animals a few hundred thousand years
> ago.
> John K Clark
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