In my Neuroscience of Consciousness course yesterday, my instructor presented Jackson’s (1982) Mary’s Room thought experiment, also known as the knowledge problem. This is the thought experiment: Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor. […]Read more "Persistence of Illusion"
Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the capacity of a programmable system to produce output that is reminiscent of intelligent behavior, and to rapidly adapt with intelligent pattern-associations that can be parsed to intelligent learning (machine learning). The technical proficiency of virtual reality systems is often measured against its ability to replicate the experiential reality in some way, […]Read more "Making Intelligence Artificial"
Virtual reality now allows for first-personal embodied perspectival access to another person’s point of view through a live stream connecting a user wearing a headset to a performer wearing cameras. BeAnotherLabs claim that this experience of “embodied simulation” stimulates empathy. However, from a research directive, this begs a lot of terms to be operationally defined. […]Read more "Embodied Simulation and Stimulating Empathy"
“You are preemptively grieving your lost PhD. That is melancholy.” – Said to me by a friend There are times when worry slithers a spiral up and down my whole being, blinding me from reality, and nearly suffocating and consuming me. And yet, I have to respect the place from which this worry comes, which […]Read more "Inspiring Melancholy and What I Wish My Life Could Be"
Francisco Varela, 1946 – 2001. Francisco Varela was a Chilean neurobiologist with a rare multi-disciplinary expertise within and across biology, neuroscience, Buddhism, mindfulness, mathematics, and phenomenology. He coined the term neurophenomenology, which has become the epicenter for my desired research and my life’s work. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, there has been minimal […]Read more "Introduction to a dedicated analysis of Francisco Varela’s Unity of Consciousness Hypothesis"
I’m just happy. That’s it. I’m exactly where I want to be. – (paraphrased, Joel from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) An orchestral arrangement of my life and all of the events, emotions, and tiny insights within could be punctuated by a recurring melody of moments distinguished by profound, deeply connected romantic love. All […]Read more "Ecstatic Solitude, or: Filling my own presence with creative expression."
Recently, the following questions have been occupying my mind: What is art, what does it mean to be an artist, and how is art enacted? How can we resolve some of the major communication barriers that limit our ability to transmit our experiences to others? What can art transmit, as a mode of expression, that is […]Read more "Phase II. The Challenge: How Can I Develop an Empirical and Creative Study of Experience?"
Zero Point is a 15-minute 3D virtual reality documentary made for the Oculus Rift and about the Oculus Rift. The documentary equally represents the positive and negative, utopian and dystopian, potential of psychologically immersive 3D virtual reality technology. The film takes the viewer on a tour of various domains of experience that the oculus can […]Read more "Review of Zero Point: The Oculus Rift Documentary"
“Don’t get any big ideas — They’re not gonna happen. You paint yourself white And fill up with noise But there’ll be something missing.” – Radiohead, ‘Nude’ I wanted to open with this quote because I think that so much of the time we overwhelm ourselves with the pressing urge to really do something grandiose in order […]Read more "What if all of life is just a process of becoming more aware?"
In the last dialogue of Waking Life, director Richard Linklater re-enters the film and is found playing pinball by protagonist Wiley Wiggins. Linklater was also in one of the earliest scenes of the film, in the “boat car” with Wiggins, and he gives the driver very specific turn-by-turn instructions as to where to drop off […]Read more "We Are All One Being: The Invitation, and “No, not just yet!”"