meditation notes:
  • consciousness/qualia/experience seems like memory formation (noted before)
  • mind receives input from eyes, ears, body, thoughts, etc, and it does pattern matching — this bunch of splotches looks like a cat — and model building — there is a cat there
  • the notion of "self" seems like a model: there's probably a self-neuron that fires in my head when a pattern of sensory inputs and thoughts looks like a "Greg", and I update my model saying "there is a Greg there".. and there's probably some symbolic connection elsewhere that says "I am Greg", but that connection seems tenuous.. "Greg" seems like a storybook character..

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