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Offline mthed

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The Fractal Nature of Consciousness?
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:57:45 AM »
I've had an idea kicking around in my head for a while that perhaps consciousness is fractal in nature. In a dream, you're usually immersed and believe it to be "real" in the moment, even though it is often absurd and you might even realize it to be absurd. You generally can't remember very far into the past if you try to think about it, it's more like you're dropped into a situation and there is very little continuity. If you think about it enough, you might begin to question the reality of the situation and perhaps even realize that you are dreaming. At that point you may be able to take some amount of control over the dream and if you like you can wake yourself up. Or you might quickly forget and go right into another dream. Eventually when you wake up if you remember the dream you'll immediately recognize it as a dream and wonder how you could have believed something that was so blatantly illogical. In waking life, there's also a certain sense of absurdity that in my experience (and I don't believe I'm alone here) only seems to deepen the further you probe. There's more continuity than a dream, yet our memories become more and more foggy the further we go back and we certainly couldn't reconstruct our actions in any detail for more than a week or so (if that!) And we don't remember "how we got here" which is to say we can't recall our consciousness coming into being. There is also this anecdotal evidence of people realizing the true nature of reality (or at least a higher scale of reality) and of course many theories of the existence of intelligence existing at these higher scales. Anyway, that's about as close as I can get to explaining the idea. We're only talking about 2 or three scales here, but perhaps it's an indication of a pattern.

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Re: The Fractal Nature of Consciousness?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2018, 11:47:45 PM »
Sorry, if I have to bother you with expertise. Since the brain has a finite number of synapses and one has no consciousness with zero synapses, two important fractal numbers are missing. The second big "no" comes from the fact that human consciousness is subjective and fractals are mathematics and therefore objective. Our consciousness comes from being able to recognize ourselves and our environment. Before that, our perception is switched as a filter. But this perception is not objective. We do not perceive everything we see or hear, smell, feel or taste. On the other hand, our brain adds from experience what it means to miss. That's why our consciousness can not be fractal, sorry. Fractals do not work with missing factors.

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