Summary of an Overview of What We Are

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What are we We more strongly identify with our mind than our body because in any discussion our minds are the participants, not our bodies.
Given that We can understand the mind by studying function rather than form, by studying the why not the what. Understanding form can help a lot, but function is the driver.
But let’s The study of form can reveal physical mechanisms but not the reason those physical mechanisms are used instead of others. The reason can only be learned by asking why, by learning the function, which is to say by learning how the mechanism uses information to help predict the future.
From the above The function of the brain is to provide centralized, coordinated control of the body, and the function of the conscious mind is to provide centralized, coordinated control of the brain. The mind is our capacity to do things.
The conscious mind The conscious mind is just the aware part of the mind. Our minds can do many things of which we have only a very limited awareness.
For example Moving, talking, and remembering are controlled subconsciously. We invent our conscious understanding of the world using only the information from our awareness and the subconscious and conscious skills that go with it. We build a model of the world that is similar to it but is still just a representation.
Speaking broadly Subconscious algorithms perform specialized informational tasks while the conscious mind provides oversight.
I thus conclude The conscious mind is spared the details of subconscious tasks not relevant to centralized control, as they would slow it down and probably compromise its ability to lead.
One can further The subconscious mind can be further subdivided into modules, but the distinctions between these modules are necessarily going to be somewhat approximate because of overlaps in functionality.
Subdividing the mind We record information in genes and memory.
Memory is Memory preserves information learned from experience, a process that is substantially steered by genetic inclinations.
Genes and memory Genes and memory store information different kinds of information. Genes carry information that travels across generations while memory carries information transient to the individual
I mentioned before Culture is stored in memory and externally in artifacts. We learn culture from artifacts or from direct interaction with other people.
To summarize Conscious minds must be aware because general tasks require generalized thinking, which in turn requires consciousness.
I have so far Consciousness creates virtual worlds (models) that are cartoon-like representations of physical reality.
So the approach Consciousness runs simulations that correlate well to physical conditions. Awareness is the data managed by these simulations. A narrower, focused set of data occupies our direct attention.
Let’s think A robot with a consciousness process like ours would be aware along the same lines as us.
Let me talk Our sensory experiences (called qualia) feel the way they do because it is a good way to funnel information to our conscious minds to be used to make decisions. Qualia neatly package up associations in our minds so we will feel like doing the things that are best for us. It seems first-person to us, but that is just because our subconscious is feeding us senses and skills.
Now think Self-driving cars just look up the best driving behavior. If we were to build a robot with generalized reasoning that received sensory data as qualia and had other “subconscious” skills, it would be conscious in a way similar to us.