posted on May, 24 2013 @ 03:59 PM
I remember one theory on consciousness I came across a while back. The theory was that consciousness was due to the electrical field produced by the
brain. So consciousness wouldn't really be a nuts and bolts thing, it would be more more or less not physical but still reliant on the brain to
generate it. It's an interesting theory.
continuity is an important property of consciousness. It's like we have an ongoing sequence of events past present and future. Consciousness draws
from memory but memory is not very accurate. Memories can be very vague like my memory of the above theory that I heard or read about in some
psychology class 20 years ago. It may not even be a real memory yet I experience as if it really did happen. It may have been from the same class
where continuity was discussed. I don't remember.
If you watch your pets, you can observer continuity. When I throw a ball and my dog goes after it, he can predict where it will go and he get get it
pretty much every time. If it goes somewhere he can't see like under the couch, he knows that it's there without seeing it. He can even go to the
other side of the couch and expect it to be there if it rolled out. He can catch it in mid air also. Do do this, his brain, body and all his senses
have to be in total coordination. He doesn't have to think about it he just "knows" what to do.
My dog doesn't have a long "if then else" statement to execute.
I also have a robot I'm working on. It's a 1/10 rock crawler 4x4 with a computer, some motor controls, a video camera and some sonic distance sensors.
With this minimal setup, I can get it to follow a ball of a solid color as long as it can see it. When the ball leaves the camera view, I can get it
to look for it in a predetermined pattern.
What I want it to do is follow the ball and when it goes under the couch, go around the couch and get it at the exact spot it came out. Or if it goes
behind an object, I want it to go around the other side of the object and meet the ball where it should be still rolling out. Then I want it to learn
how to do this when new objects are introduced.
Not very trivial.
edit on 24-5-2013 by ZetaRediculian because: (no reason given)