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Is a network of neurons the only factor in memory?

Answer Yes, theoretically. Now According to my ongoing informal research, there are two sides of brain preservation innovation: 1) the preservation and mapping (building) the connectome; and 2) the ...
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Does monism imply that computers can have consciousness?

Note: While "The Basic Theory of the Mind" may potentially be well researched and possibly accurate, it is (as far as I know) a self-published discourse by a non-researcher, that is not peer-reviewed. ...
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Disprove that Humans are selfish

Giving a dollar to homeless people on the street serves no aid to the donor, since the only difference is who has that dollar, and clearly to have the dollar is better than not. This action is ...
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Is prior experience necessary to perceive the Kanizsa triangle illusion?

It's a difficult question to answer. My educated guess is that the appearance of the triangle, and illusionary contours in general, would persist, even in individuals who have never seen a triangle ...
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Can curiosity be described as an emotion?

The currently accepted model of curiosity is that of Litman. It describes curiosity as a sort of motivating factor: Curiosity as a feeling of deprivation (CFD) reflects feelings of uncertainty and ...
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Is there any evidence that language is the limit of the world?

First some linguistic theory background. Noam Chomsky has hypothesized that language developed internally to facilitate certain aspects of human cognition. According to Chomsky's hypothesis, human ...
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Is there any evidence that language is the limit of the world?

This is not quite your question, but it's the closest thing I know of. There's a significant amount of work suggesting that purely morphological attributes can shape conceptualization: looking at the ...
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Mind uploading & its constituents: Theoretically possible?

To upload information stored in the mind is to upload information stored in the brain because the brain is the physical part of the mind. To do this is not an easy task because the brain has neither ...
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Why do people believe what they believe?

This is a good question, but keep in mind that when you ask a broad question, you typically get a broad answer - ie, I won't go into much detail. First Impressions In general, belief and attitude ...
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Differentiations of Imposter Syndrome

It sounds like two measurements are needed: 1) Perception of competence. This could be measured using self-report for large studies, or semi-structured interviews for individuals or small samples. ...
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How do we imagine? How do images have qualia?

This is hardly settled science, but one hypothesis with some empirical support is that Visual mental imagery and perception share similar cortical representations (Cichy et al., 2012; Kosslyn, ...
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Is there an explanation for concepts or situations that are repeated within a short amount of time?

Short answer The repeated encounter of a word or object after just having been introduced to it is linked to the frequency illusion, also called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Background It may be an ...
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What is a belief, and how does it differ from an opinion?

Edit: This article from the Guardian reviews research into what forms and influences belief, gives some make up of what a belief is, but I could not find a, and separate, scientific defintion. A ...
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Is prior experience necessary to perceive the Kanizsa triangle illusion?

First, in the context of your reference to cultural context, one aspect of your question appears to be whether or not a person who has never had experiences of triangles before can have a triangle ...
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How can a persons good or bad be accurately measured?

In a way, I agree with the answer given by AivanF. But more can be said. One of the greatest biologist of our times, the scientist Edward O. Wilson has something to say about what humanity has been ...
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Why would the brain flip the images perceived by your eyes?

There are many transformations between the light hitting your retina and your perception of the world. The signals from your retina initially travel through the visual pathways to reach your visual ...
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What is the most comprehensive system of describing human emotions or states of mind?

The recently published Atlas of personality, emotion and behaviour catalogues over 3,000 emotions (Mobbs, 2020). A summary of the emotions is below with a more comprehensive version included in the ...
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How can machine possibly possess consciousness if computation is a human idea?

Short answer: This is formally known as the hard problem of consciousness - if you can figure it out, then you'll probably win a Nobel Prize: The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of ...
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What can coma patients report about their experiences - if anything?

The majority of people who recovered from coma did not report any experiences that occurred while they were in coma (clinically unresponsive, with absent or minimal brainstem reflexes, and with ...
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The perception of time of workaholics

Being deeply immersed in a task is called flow. The term was introduced by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, a hungarian psychologist. Csíkszentmihályi spent decades on researching this phenomenon and I can ...
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Cultural brain hypothesis and gene-culture co-evolution

"evidence of recent co-evolution between genes and large-scale culture This 2018 PLOS Computation Biology simulation study - The Cultural Brain Hypothesis examined the data from animals and humans. ...
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Why would the brain flip the images perceived by your eyes?

It is not the case that the brain flips the retinal image, nor does it have to, nor are there any images in the brain like there are on the retina. It is just as meaningless to say that the retinal ...
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Math understanding: intuitions and proofs

Some master mathematicians have written on the process of mathematical invention and on some methods of plausible reasoning in mathematics. Here are some references: Jacques Hadamard. An Essay on the ...
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Math understanding: intuitions and proofs

I think it is important here to be clear about what John is really capable of doing. If all he is able to do is manipulate the axioms of S correctly, this actually does not get him very far, for at ...
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Does anyone know how to explain Quinian bootstrapping process by Carey to a layperson (like me)?

The basic idea of Quinian Boostrapping is that you start off not understanding a concept, but use a symbolic placeholder for it, and then fill in the details over time. For example, right now you don'...
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Can the mind affect the physical brain? - a simple thought experiment

Question: Can the mind affect the physical brain? "Scientists maintain that "a physical action requires a physical cause". However, if I am in deep thought about my dead spouse, for example, and a ...
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How can a persons good or bad be accurately measured?

I think answers to your questions are fully based on your moral principles and your world view. Because there is no obvious common principles. Christians believe in objective rightness of God's rules. ...
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Disprove that Humans are selfish

I encourage you to read what evolutionary psychology has to say about what you're talking about. This science is maybe the origin of your "dark" vision but it is due to a common oversimplification. As ...
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Why is IIT "unmotivated"?

I suspect that the reason he considers it unmotivated is that he would like to see a theory that can explain the hard problem(s) of consciousness. In that final paragraph where he argues that the ...
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Is there any evidence that language is the limit of the world?

There is this quote from a cognitive linguistics book. Evans & Green (2006) Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction. p. 102 we introduced the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis: the idea that language might ...
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