Reverse-engineering of consciousness.
Ok, našli smo leteći tanjur, sad moramo otkriti kako su ga izvanzemaljci napravili; ok, našli smo u sebi samosvijest (unutrašnji "osjećaj" svijesti = qualia), sad trebamo otkriti kako ju je "evolucija" napravila.
“Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.” (Schopenhauer)
The concept of qualia is clearly at the heart of the next stage of human intellectual endeavors.
There is no other intellectual challenge more important or pressing than qualia.
The revolution can only be brought about by a combination of a rigorous scientific thinking and a trembling sensitivity.
It is the greatest intellectual challenge for humanity at present to elucidate the first principles behind the fact that there is such a thing as a subjective experience. The hallmark of our subjective experiences is qualia. It is the challenge to find the natural law behind the neural generation of qualia which constitute the percepts in our mind, or to go beyond the metaphor of a “correspondence” between physical and mental processes. This challenge is necessary to go beyond the present paradigm of natural sciences which is based on the so-called objective point of view of description. In order to pin down the origin of qualia, we need to incorporate the subjective point of view in a non-trivial manner.
The clarification of the nature of the way how qualia in our mind are invoked by the physical processes in the brain and how the “subjectivity” structure which supports qualia is originated is an essential step in making compatible the subjective and objective points of view.
The elucidation of the origin of qualia rich subjectivity is important not only as an activity in the natural sciences, but also as a foundation and the ultimate justification of the whole world of the liberal arts. Bridging the gap between the two cultures (C.P.Snow) is made possible only through a clear understanding of the origin of qualia and subjectivity.
2018Every Qualia Computing Article Ever
Everything in a Nutshell (quote)
No-Self vs. True Self (quote)
Qualia Manifesto (quote)
What Makes Tinnitus, Depression, and the Sound of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) so Awful: Dissonance*
Traps of the God Realm (quote)
Avoid Runaway Signaling in Effective Altruism (transcript)
Burning Man* (long)
Quantifying Bliss: Talk Summary* (long)
Connectome-Specific Harmonic Waves on LSD (transcript)
Principia Qualia: Part II – Valence* (quote)
The Penfield Mood Organ (quote)
The Forces At Work (quote)Psychedelic Science 2017: Take-aways, impressions, and what’s next* (long)
How Every Fairy Tale Should End
Political Peacocks (quote)
OTC remedies for RLS (quote)
Their Scientific Significance is Hard to Overstate (quote)
Memetic Vaccine Against Interdimensional Aliens Infestation (quote)
Raising the Table Stakes for Successful Theories of Consciousness*
Qualia Computing Attending the 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference
GHB vs. MDMA (quote)
2016The Binding Problem (quote)
The Hyperbolic Geometry of DMT Experiences: Symmetries, Sheets, and Saddled Scenes* (long)
Thinking in Numbers (quote)
Praise and Blame are Instrumental (quote)
The Tyranny of the Intentional Object*
Schrödinger’s Neurons: David Pearce at the “2016 Science of Consciousness” conference in Tucson
Beyond Turing: A Solution to the Problem of Other Minds Using Mindmelding and Phenomenal Puzzles*
David Pearce on the “Schrodinger’s Neurons Conjecture” (quote)
Panpsychism and Compositionality: A solution to the hard problem (quote)
LSD and Quantum Measurements: Can you see Schrödinger’s cat both dead and alive on acid?* (long)
Wireheading Done Right: Stay Positive Without Going Insane* (long)
Just the fate of our forward light-cone
Information-Sensitive Gradients of Bliss (quote)
A Single 3N-Dimensional Universe: Splitting vs. Decoherence (quote)
Algorithmic Reduction of Psychedelic States* (long)
So Why Can’t My Boyfriend Communicate? (quote)
The Mating Mind
Psychedelic alignment cascades (quote)
36 Textures of Confusion
Work Religion (quote)
Qualia Computing in Tucson: The Magic Analogy*
In Praise of Systematic Empathy
David Pearce on “Making Sentience Great” (quote)
Philosophy of Mind Diagrams
Ontological Runaway Scenario
Peaceful Qualia: The Manhattan Project of Consciousness* (long)
Qualia Computing So Far
You are not a zombie (quote)
What’s the matter? It’s Schrödinger, Heisenberg and Dirac’s (quote)
The Biointelligence Explosion (quote)
A (Very) Unexpected Argument Against General Relativity As A Complete Account Of The Cosmos
Status Quo Bias
The Super-Shulgin Academy: A Singularity I Can Believe In (long)
The effect of background assumptions on psychedelic research
2015An ethically disastrous cognitive dissonance…
Some Definitions (quote)
Who should know about suffering?
Ontological Qualia: The Future of Personal Identity* (long)
Solutions to World Problems
Why does anything exist? (quote)
State-Space of Background Assumptions
Personal Identity Joke
Getting closer to digital LSD*
Psychedelic Perception of Visual Textures 2: Going Meta
On Triviality (quote)
State-Space of Drug Effects: Results*
How to secretly communicate with people on LSD*
Generalized Wada Test and the Total Order of Consciousness*
State-space of drug effects
Psychophysics for Psychedelic Research: Textures* (long)
I only vote for politicians who have used psychedelics. EOM.
Why not computing qualia?*
David Pearce’s daily morning cocktail (2015) (quote)
Psychedelic Perception of Visual Textures
Should humans wipe out all carnivorous animals so the succeeding generations of herbivores can live in peace? (quote)
A workable solution to the problem of other minds*
The fire that breathes reality into the equations of physics (quote)
Phenomenal Binding is incompatible with the Computational Theory of Mind
David Hamilton’s conversation with Alf Bruce about the nature of the mind (quote)
Manifolds of Consciousness: The emerging geometries of iterated local binding
The Real Tree of Life
Phenomenal puzzles – CIELAB
The psychedelic future of consciousness
Discussion of Fanaticism (quote)
What does comparatively matter in 2015?
Suffering: Not what your sober mind tells you (quote)
Reconciling memetics and religion.
The Reality of Basement Reality
The future of love
2014And that’s why we can and cannot have nice things
Breaking the Thought Barrier: Ethics of Brain Computer Interfaces in the workplace
How bad does it get? (quote)
God in Buddhism
Little known fun fact
Crossing borders (quote)
A simple mystical explanation
In this video I outline the core philosophy and objectives of Qualia Computing. There are three main goals here:
- Catalogue the entire state-space of consciousness
- Identify the computational properties of each experience (and its qualia components), and
- Reverse engineer valence (i.e. to discover the function that maps formal descriptions of states of consciousness to values in the pleasure-pain axis)
With regards to the 2nd objective, I explain that our minds actually use the specific properties of each qualia variety in order to represent information states and then to solve computational problems. We are only getting started in this project.
And 3rd, I argue that discovering exactly what makes an experience “worth living” in a formal and mathematical way is indeed ethically urgent. With a fundamental understanding of valence we can develop precise interventions to reduce (even prevent altogether) any form of suffering without messing up with our capacity to think and explore the state-space of consciousness (at least the valuable part of it).
I conclude by pointing out that the 1st and 2nd research programs actually interact in non-trivial ways: There is a synergy between them which may lead us to a recursively self-improving intelligence (and do so in a far “safer” way than trying to build an AGI through digital software). -