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Before aiming to explain consciousness

… you need to explain awareness, in particular all these things ignored by non-geometrical minds.

If the following is in any way a result of computing, it would be “computing with space”, I think and hope.

Enjoy reading Experimental Phenomenology: Art & Science , by Jan Koenderink,  published by  The Clootcrans Press!  Quotes from the beginning of the e-book:

The contents of this eBook are the slides of an invited talk held by me in Alghero (Sardinia) in the VSAC (Visual Science of Art Conference) 2012. The talk was scheduled for an hour and a half, thus there are many slides.

Judging from the responses (discounting polite remarks such as “nice pictures”, and so forth) most of the audience didn’t get the message. Most hinted that they were surprised that I apparently “didn’t believe in reality”, thus showing that the coin didn’t drop.

The topic of the talk are the relations between life, awareness, mind, science and art. The idea is that these are all ways of creating alternative realities. The time scales are vastly different, ranging all the way from less than a tenth of  a second (the microgenesis of visual awareness), to evolutionary time spans (the advent of a new animal species). The processes involved play on categorically different levels, basic physicochemical process (life), pre-conscious processes (awareness), reflective thought (mind), to the social level (art and science). Yet the basic processes, like taking perspective (predator versus gatherer in evolution, sense modality in awareness, language in reflective thought, style in art, geometry versus algebra in science), selection, analogy, consolidation, construction, are found on all levels, albeit (of course) in different form.