Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Interesting Ideas on the Soul and Consciousness

 One of the things that worries people about Artificial Intelligence is the idea that they may aquire sentience and turn on us. Wiping out their creators. Movies like The Matrix, Blade Runner, and The Terminator use this trope.

And it makes us (people) question what is different between us and things / beings that can out think us by millions in terms of speed and complexity. What makes us unique. Now, I know that for millions of people that is God. But for some of us, that is not an answer we can take on faith.

But a new book proposes a different idea. A neuroscientist has proposed that consciousness evolved to give people a purpose and make life worth living. Here is the link to the article. I cannot read it (I have hit my limit of free articles at the New Yorker) so I can't promise it will work, but it should.


Note: This, of course, does not prove or disprove the reality of God. For those so inclined, God may have created this idea for mankind.

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