On Consciousness, Robots, Artificial Neural Network, and Near Death Experience

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Michio Kaku: Could We Transport Our Consciousness Into Robots?

If we were able to move our brains, neuron-for-neuron, into a robot, would we still be the same person?

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Computational Psychology

Modeling of NDEs using artificial neural networks has shown that some aspects of the core near-death experience can be achieved through simulated neuron death. In the course of such simulations, the essential features of the NDE, life review, novel scenarios (i.e., heaven or hell), and OBE are observed through the generation of confabulations or false memories, as discussed in Confabulation (neural networks). The key feature contributing to the generation of such confabulatory states are a neural network’s inability to differentiate dead from silent neurons. Memories, whether related to direct experience, or not, can be seeded upon arrays of such inactive brain cells.

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What Near-Death Experiences Tell Us About Consciousness and the Concept of the Self – Sam Parnia

How does our understanding of the concepts of life and death affect our moral sensibility, decisions, and actions? This symposium engages scientific and humanistic focus upon the ways in which human finitude can, and perhaps should, impact moral character.

The New York Academy of Sciences – June 22, 2010
Shifting Realities: Myths, Models & Morality
Life, Death & the Pursuit of Morality
For more information about the symposium, visit: Nour Foundation

About Sam Parnia

In September 2008, it was announced that 25 U.K. and U.S. hospitals would examine near-death studies in 1,500 heart attack patient-survivors. The three-year study, coordinated by Sam Parnia at Southampton University, hopes to determine if people without heartbeat or brain activity can have an out-of-body experience with veridical visual perceptions.This study follows on from an earlier 18-month pilot project. On a July 28, 2010 interview about a recent lecture at Goldsmiths, Parnia (internal medicine physician by training with specialty in pulmonology, critical care, and sleep medicine) asserts that “evidence is now suggesting that mental and cognitive processes may continue for a period of time after a death has started” and describes the process of death as “essentially a global stroke of the brain. Therefore like any stroke process one would not expect the entity of mind / consciousness to be lost immediately”. He also expresses his disagreement with the term ‘near death experiences’ because “the patients that we study are not near death, they have actually died and moreover it conjures up a lot of imprecise scientific notions, due to the fact that [death] itself is a very imprecise term”. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Beyond the Brain: The Experiential Implications of Neurotheology – United Nations

As explorations into the neuropsychology of religious and spiritual experience provide new insights into the neural mechanisms underlying the interplay of consciousness, volition, and emotion, the central question remains: to what extent does the mind transcend its neural basis? Conventional wisdom holds that assemblies of neurons must account for consciousness, and, by extension, for all subjective facets of lived experience. Yet, current research in the neural correlates of deep meditative states, out-of-body and near-death experiences, and the way in which spiritual beliefs influence health outcomes allow us to frame the problem afresh by side-stepping the philosophical traps of the mind-body problem.

The United Nations, New York – September 11, 2008
Beyond the Mind-Body Problem: New Paradigms in the Science of Consciousness
Beyond the Brain: The Experiential Implications of Neurotheology
A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Elie During and featuring Dr. Mario Beauregard, Dr. Bruce Greyson, Dr. Andrew B. Newberg and
Dr. Christina M. Puchalski.
For more information about the symposium, visit: Nour Foundation

 

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