Re: Tyuranny of the replicators

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 17:03:54 -0700

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Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 17:03:54 -0700
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: Tyuranny of the replicators

Robin Wood wrote:

> Cognitive science is demonstrating how consciousness arises from the
> interaction of specialised processors in global workspace (Baars- even
> Dennett is glowing about this theory!). Our minds are an emergent
> phenomenon which produce brainwave patterns as a by-product of the
> complex electro-magnetic fields generated by the neural networks in
> our brains. Like all quantum phenomena, these fields exhibit the
> uncertainty principle, and produce "random" effects as well as
> coherent effects.

I think you present the convictions of two opposite camps in the
discussion on consciousness, as if they were one. Francis Crick, Koch,
(and the Churchlands) explain consciousness as neuronal mass
oscillations at certain wavelengths. But this has nothing to do and is
opposed to the quantum wave collapse (supposed to occur in neuronal
microtubuli) explanation of Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff.

Mario Vaneechoutte
Laboratory Bacteriology & Virology
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