Hughesair (Inflection Point)

Retired physician and air taxi operator, science writer and part time assistant professor, these editorials cover a wide range of topics. Mostly non political, mostly true, I write more from a lifetime of experience and from research, more science than convention. Subjects cover medicine, Alaska aviation, economics, technology and an occasional book review. Globalization or Democracy documents the historical roots of Oligarchy, the road to colonialism and tyranny

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Wednesday, February 07, 2024


Listening to a dialog between Gordon Pearson and Roger Penrose on consciousness, I recall similar arguments among my classmates in medical school. We found the mass of human physiology and pathophysiology unending. We even attempted autohypnosis to develop total recall. It worked to a degree. We also determined a distinct difference among ourselves in thinking, wherein some had what we called linear thinking, just the rules, while most of us could scan data to form an opinion. In practice, that difference seems manifest today with our many clinical physicians’ strong objection to the rigid one-dimensional guidelines and algorithms imposed by bureaucratic medical directors. It’s as if all the linear thinkers became administrators rather than dealing with patients. As for artificial Inteligence, I cannot see algorithms expanding to the point of consciousness as questioned by Penrose and Peterson. Quantum physics emerges as a new mystery in biology. Might not some form of quantum entanglement account for the matrix of group behavior and extra-data-based cognition, consciousness even to the spiritual?


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