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Thread: Entropy's Relationship to Consciousness

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    Hi, philg.

    Glad you enjoyed the links. https://www.ted.com/topics has an enormous variety of topics reflecting research regarding many scientific topics, including much more than what you and I have been discussing.

    As to brain plasticity experience during my recovery, since I did not lose any significant amount of brain tissue due to prompt medical intervention, I cannot say that I have had any personal experience of one or more sections of brain replacing any lost brain tissues, except for adjacent unaffected cellular tissues making new connections, replacing what was inhibited, lost or became nicrotic. The experience of stroke resulted in a massive slowdown in motor & sensory control, which in my case was affecting vision, speech, and dexterity, all results of my right brain perfusive strokes and right brain blood supply loss. Just imagine a filter, which has been functioning well collecting dirt and corrosion particles suddenly failing and letting all of those collected particles being suddenly released into engine parts. In the case of my brain the arteries were being clogged and blood supply was denied to my brain, which affected brain tissue causing massive strokes.


    Once the blood supply was returned through surgery, brain tissue was allowed to begin to repair itself. This took quite some time (years) to fully repair.

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    The Guardian had an interesting article on the subject the other day https://www.theguardian.com/global/2...share_btn_link

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    That's a very interesting Guardian article. Thanks for posting it.

    The capacity of the brain to 'fill in' missing details for us is extraordinary. Usually we have enough clues and context to fill in the details accurately enough, but when some large event is quite unknown, the brain will confabulate, so that we end up 'feeling' satisfied that we know what has happened.

    Somewhere within consciousness, there's a process that looks for connections and looks for gaps where there should be connections. That process, in a Buddhist context, might be the one we call atta or atman, referring to the false concept of the "permanent, substantial, autonomous self".

    This brings me to attempt a definition of what is meant by consciousness. It's the process of thinking, feeling and reacting to the world around us. It's present when we are awake, asleep or meditating, but it is absent when under the effect of general anaesthetic, and is absent after death.

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    My definition has different layers of consciousness. There are the autonomic processes which are not consciously directed, consciousness and self-consciousness. This latter is a decision making process which appears to us to be the one which makes decisions, but isn't really. We are the bit that looks for patterns in the world around us, operating apart from what we normally think as consciousness. This gave us the survival 'edge' over other animals, but is only a kind of mirage since we think we make decisions, but they have in fact been made seconds before by the rest of the brain. In my definition we have to use this self-consciousness to modify the deeper consciousness using meditation techniques and following the path. In this way we can change the deeper decision making process and so change how we think and behave at this, somewhat 'unconscious', level.

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