The Variety of Synaptic Experience

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Donald Hoffman recommended this essay, a review of a few different takes of consciousness - for example Karl Friston, Anil Seth, Henri Bergson, Giulio Tononi, and Hoffman & his fellow Idealists - with the final intent of giving some possible connection between them -

The Variety of Synaptic Experience

by "Neurokinetikz"

Quote:In the wrangling of uncertainty through observation — the dance of the scientific methodthat which we understand the least appears to be a given.

And it sits at the center of every experience we have, shaping everything that we think, feel, touch, see, and do. Everything that we measure and observe.

It is the author of every equation, the conductor of every orchestra, and the audience of every illusion.
To some, consciousness is the first principle.

If we are to make progress with this axiom — that consciousness is fundamental— then we must clearly define a model which is capable not only of explaining choice but also predicting its contours throughout the history of the cosmos.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell

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