Aug 20, 2011
Posted by Alexander MacRae in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI
The Nature of Identity Part 3
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We have seen how the identity is defined by the 0,0 point – the centroid or locus of perception.
The main problem we have is finding out how neural signals translate into sensory signals – how neural information is translated into the language we understand – that of perception. How does one neural pattern become Red and another the Scent of coffee. Neurons do not emit any color nor any scent.
As in physics, so in cognitive science, some long cherished theories and explanations are having to change.
Perception, and the concept of an Observer (the 0,0 point), are intimately related to the idea of Identity.