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(Human and Cyborg) Standard Model of the Mind

Mentifex mentifex at scn.org
Wed Jul 22 06:06:43 EST 1998


http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ Project Mentifex (Latin "mindmaker"):

  Hearing    Vision    Concepts Volition Emotion   Motor Output
 /iiiiiii\  /!i!i!i!\                             /YYYYYYYYYYYY\
| ||||||| || ||||||| |   T                       | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | ___ | |   +                       | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  /old\  |   +                       | |S|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || (image)-|---+_                      | |H|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  |  /  \                     | |A|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||         | (idea)               __   | |K|||||||||| |
| | ||||| ||         |  \__/---------------/  \  | |E|||R|||||| |
| |d------||---------|---+        ____    (fear)-|--*|||U|||||| |
| ||||o|| ||  _____  |   +-------/    \----\__/  | |||||N|||P|| |
| ||g|||| || / re- \-|---+      / de-  \---------|------*|||E|| |
| || |||| ||/entrant\|   +     (  ci-   )        | |||||||||T|| |
| ||||||| ||\ image /|   +      \ sion /---------|----------*|| |
| ||||||| || \_____/ |   +       \____/          | |||||||||||| |

Although the science of memetics is a false science, it has some
wonderful ideas, such as Richard Brodie's notion of a "mind virus."

If you shock people to a mild degree, they grin and make a joke.
If you shock people to their existential core, they fall silent.

The Mentifex campaign to introduce a default Standard Mind Model
is a virus of the neuroscientific mind infectiously contaminating
one laboratory after another, leaping from campus to campus and
from consciousness to consciousness.  "Kill the messenger!" was
the cry in ancient Sparta when word came in from Thermopylae.

Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring" in 1961 and was vilified.
Jimmy Carter said we suffer from a "malaise," and was booted out.
Albert Einstein published on Relativity in 1905 and heard a thud
of nothing for about a year and a half until he received from "h"
inventor Max Planck a letter that began the dialog on relativity.

Contrary to what physicists will tell you ("Theory of Everything"),
neuroscience has primacy over mere physics and will eventually
lead to turning out artificial Einsteins by the dozens ad libitum.

Then we will re-experience what Robert "Shiva" Oppenheimer felt
at Trinity Site in 1945 when he detonated the first atomic bomb.
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/webcyc.html The rest is silence.



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