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Richard Ferrante

The Consciousness Stack

When I was writing about Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene,  I was struck by the question is it possible that impairments that we think of as impairments of consciousness, are actually impairments in some of these necessary preconditions which occur via preconscious/subliminal processes This is of special concern …

Consciousness and the Brain

Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene Lots of interesting stuff here — what I found most intriguing were his descriptions of tests involving borderline cases in which the subject switches from paying conscious attention to one thing to paying conscious attention to another thing. In brain imaging studies, this …

Economic Activity

I usually use this blog to capture my evolving thoughts on consciousness, cues and human activity. I don’t have any expectation that people are reading it, but I make it public since that encourages me to tighten up the writing and thinking. For this post, I want to pivot a …

Ambience, Ubiquity, and Assistance

This was prompted by David Rose’s Enchanted Objects  — he breaks what I’d loosely characterize as computational assistance into four categories: Terminal World — slabs (phones, tablets), and more conventional computers. You come to them in their world, they don’t genuinely inhabit yours. This becomes clearer when contrasted with the …

Robot Caregivers

Zynep Tufekci had a recent post up on medium in which she strongly argues against the assumptions underlying a NYT op ed by Louise Aronson.  Aronson’s argument revolved around both the cost of elder care and the emotional burden placed upon family members who are tasked with caring for elder relatives. …

Pylyshyn’s Things and Places

Things and Places by Zenon Pylyshyn In keeping with my current goal of pushing the requirements for “conscious thought” down to an absolute minimum, I picked up (downloaded) a copy of Pylyshyn’s Things and Places. Pylyshyn is a long time vision researcher and this book serves as summary of his …

Review: Vibrant Matter Jane Bennett

As others have noted, Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter is a significant book — it’s what I was looking for when I started down the OOO path (which admittedly reflects more upon me than upon OOO or Vibrant Matter (VM)). VM is sort of the dual of OOO: whereas OOO is …

New Aesthetic, New Anxieties

This post was provoked by New Aesthetics, New Anxieties that was provoked by the new aesthetics movement. I will start with a few comments on the book (which I highly recommend BTW). One point that the book clarified for me, even though NA isn’t explicitly mentioned, is that the “algorithmic …