Posts Tagged ‘emotion’

Turing, Consciousness and Thought

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Stephen Baxter’s short article in the science magazine, Focus, highlights some of the problems that arise in dealing with consciousness in a scientific forum. Baxter suggests that Turing made a correct, or at least insightful decision, in deciding to aim at a test as to whether robots/computers could think like humans, while avoiding the possibly unscientific or undefined area of consciousness. This is not strictly speaking true. Turing appeared to have believed that having a robot/computer that Read more […]

Emotional influences on attention

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By Harlan M. Fichtenholtz & Kevin S. Labar, YaleUniversity and DukeUniversity. Published In:-  The Neuroscience of Attention Ed. George R. Mangun, Oxford University Press (2012) Summary and review of the above chapter INTRODUCTION:-  Attention and emotion are argued to be parallel processes interacting at many stages in the brain. Some brain regions are more involved with emotional response and others more with attentional control. Limbic regions act so as to bias sensory processing, Read more […]

Spacetime and decisions

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Spacetime and decisions From the webmaster Keywords: Spacetime, decision-making, emotion, freewill There is something like a consensus in physics that spacetime is discrete rather than continuous. This would appear to mean that spacetime is something like a network or web having pattern, and therefore capable of representing or conveying information. Clearly there is no evolutionary advantage in expending energy accessing the spacetime level, if it only does the same kind of logic or Read more […]

Damasio on emotion

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    The Feeling of What Happens Antonio Damasio The most useful function, although not the main purpose of Damasio’s latest book, is to lay to rest several of the scientific notions about emotions, language and other aspects of the mind, which had dogged scientific discussion during the 1990s. However, in its central purpose, of discussing consciousness and its relationship to emotion and the self the book proves disappointing. In the first place, the book tends to identify Read more […]