By Michael Godfrey Bell,
2015


Agent Human, published in September 2010, 450 pages with 50 illustrations and tables, is the first book which combines a rigorous treatment of the biological and behavioural underpinnings of consciousness with a comprehensive theory of human agency, thus allowing robust predictions of the future both of human society and of consciousness itself, the human species' greatest achievement.

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More about the book

Author's resume

For further information, contact mgbell@agenthuman.com

We, Immortals:
The Future Of The Mind

A fictional account, set in 2130, of what life might be like in cyberspace, based on the ideas of Agent Human. Eight young people challenge the status quo by exploring group consciousness, something forbidden by the authorities, who try to 'wipe' them and destroy their legacy human bodies.

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The Collective Unconscious, Quantum Mechanics and PSI

Many current researchers into the inner and outer reaches of the human psyche do not attempt to construct an over-arching theory of the mind, and who can blame them, given the confusing mass of unexplained and contradictory data they face? Still, some people try, and a surprising number of them arrive at some type of 'field' theory, in which we, and all of our compeers, exist as islands in a pervasive sea which we but dimply experience.

This book attempts to record some of the more notable recent attempts at analysis of the mysteries that surround us, and reaches some tentative conclusions based on the inadequate evidence that exists so far. They are remarkable enough.

To read it on-line, go to http://www.agenthuman.com/quantum/
table_of_contents.html


Consciousness Blog 30/11/2016

Locked-In

Work carried out by a team of physicians and scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and reported in November at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, has demonstrated advances in the technology by which a 'locked-in' subject can communicate with the outside world. Electrodes placed onto the cortex beneath the skull and linked wirelessly to an external tablet computer allow the subject to select individual letters from an alphabetic array at the rate of more than one per minute. Previous devices using an infra-red camera to track eye movements were slower and less convenient, having to be operated in a specialized environment, while this new technique can be employed at home. Placement on the cortical matter rather than within it is said to be less intrusive and carry less risk of infection.

There have been numerous reports over the last few years of mental bio-electronic control of external devices, or bodily prostheses, employing a variety of different techniques to convert neural signals into motor commands, and the technology is advancing rapidly. Many crippled or paralyzed people are benefitting from such techniques. This new work is remarkable enough, but what it demonstrates most vividly is just how far away we are from being able to replicate the brain's neural mechanisms in a digital environment. Without impugning the expertise of researchers in this field, or the brilliant results they have unexpectedly been achieving, the fact of the matter is that we are at a most primitive level of attainment, whether in terms of implants that mirror and/or participate in mental functions, or in terms of the creation of neural digital assemblies outside the brain.

Continued below

Read previous consciousness blogs:

Talking to yourself is not crazy, 30 November 2009

The future of human evolution, 05 December 2009

Testosterone, 15 December 2009

Self, 03 January 2010

Elders, 11 January 2010

Grumpy , 07 February 2010

Attention, 20 March 2010

Emotions, 01 May 2010

Face 16 May 2010

Trust 25 July 2010

Yawning 19 September 2010

Laughter 06 December 2010

Sleep 18 December 2010

Morality 05 March 2011

Dancing 13 November 2011

Copying 20 May 2012

Altruism 15 July 2012

Brain Clone 10 March 2013

Decisions 30 March 2013

Only Connect 13 April 2013

Deception 16 June 2013

Quantum 25 August 2013

Language 08 September 2013

Unconscious 19 October 2013

Booze 30 November 2013

Tether Hypothesis 12 January 2014

Spite 16 February 2014

Mating 08 June 2014

Brainy 22 August 2014

Fire 22 October 2014

Animals 01 January 2015

Gazing 12 April 2015

Multibrains 12 July 2015

Disentangling Entanglement 15 September 2015

Free Will 9 January 2016

Music 13 February 2016

Insects 21 April 2016

Faces 09 June 2016

Reflections 28 July 2016

Ironic 19 October 2016

Superintelligence 31 October 2016

Download a copy of The Futures Of The Human Race here.


Consciousness Blog Continued

This may offer a degree of comfort to those who fear the imminent advent of artificially intelligent robots. When robots or AI 'brains' simulate human mental activity they are doing so by applying large amounts of computing power and highly intricate software to construct outcomes which parallel or even exceed the results of human thought processes only in certain highly circumscribed respects, as witness the inability of such 'personal digital assistants' as Siri, Cortana or Alexa to pass the Turing test in the estimation of their questioners, useful as they may be for booking restaurants. We are very far away from having the technical wherewithal to create a 'clone' of human intelligence. This not to say that a robotic super-intelligence will not or could not arise. It both can and will come to pass. It is just to say that such a moment is much farther away than many people seem to fear.

Read more in Chapter Eleven of Agent Human: Extending Consciousness Via Computers

 

 

 

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