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A thing is recognized by what it limits or by being limited by other things.
E.g. a heavy thing limits the perception and is perceived as heavy.
No thing limits no thing.
Creation of some thing can happen if not limited by some thing.
Creation is immediate when no-thing limits no-thing.
As multiple things exist so does space exist as consequence or requirement.
I do not know if empty space actually exists because emptyness means nothing and therefore no separation or space or empty space.
That things are in order (e.g. a wall that prevents sun light to reach the eye) in some space line or dimension is a quite curious fact.
Maybe some kind of wire (row or line or wave of things) is required for light (or the light effect) to travel from the sun to the eye.
The time of movement of A from B to C is measured with a clock where the pointer moves from D to E.
The computer processor conducts electricity from one place to another.
When you press a certain button on a keyboard then the keyboard sends a certain electric signal.
When a certain electric signal is sent to the display then a certain image is displayed by the display.
physical space the space of physical things.
Physicists, chemists, biologists and most other scientists know and research the physical space. mental things.
The mental spaces are different from the physical space.
Awareness by limitation.
Things limit things so that things are what they are. things is provided by a physical brain or a computer. Intelligence means movement of things.
Useful intelligence and useful work is the same.
Logic leads to the discovery and recognition of things.
The goal of a general AI: Doing Logic. Work to discover new limitations. Work to understand.
The speed of light is related to logic of the physical space. thing T means:
- Understanding of the things that limit T.
- Understanding of the things limited by T.
AFAIK respected experts, scientists and psychologists have no clear and useful definition of awareness and self-awareness in 2017 CE.
IMO there is no good reason to distinguish between awareness and awareness of awareness.
Why should awareness of awareness be a technical problem ?
IMO self-driving cars and some robots are or will soon be self-aware according to these abilities:
Being aware of its body and environment.
Machines can have any kind of sensors for physical information.
Machines can have good memory of the past.
Being aware of its actions and consequences.
Machines can better compute and simulate physics (action-reaction) to imagine the future than humans.
Being aware of its reasoning and thoughts.
Machines can better track program execution than humans can track their thoughts.
E.g. the human mental experience of color, sound, smell, fear, joy, pain, ...
- When I am concentrated on something else.
- When the transmission of information through neurons is altered or prevented.
- When someone or something else has the awareness that I do not have.
What triggers mental awareness ?
Why is it local to my body ?
Not one neuron creates mental awareness.
Not any group of neurons creates mental awareness.
Some physical parts of the brain (e.g. the limbic system) seem to have a special relation with the mental space.
All or most mental awareness seems to be triggered by the physical brain.
I know of having had a mental experience:
- even when I do not remember what triggered the experience.
- even when I do not have the mental experience right now.
The mental space affects the physical space.
- Experience of the mental space.
- Communication or report of the experience.
Perceptions, recalls and fantasies are similar experiences.
I guess the activity of neurons for perception, recall and fantasy is similar.
Some activity of neurons or chemicals leads somehow to things or changes in the mental space.
Maybe a memory is stored as the repetition of the activity of certain neurons.
Besides, a visual display can help thinking by avoiding the need to recall what can be seen.
Maybe other things.
There is no free will.
There is only the brain that decides.
There is only limitation by what exists. limitation (to behave differently).
Machine abilities are executed as program.
For animal persons/personalities (including human persons) there are different kinds of spaces:
It is probably no coincidence that harm is related to pain as emotion and to simple body reactions or reflexes.
It might be because of pain that an intelligent being tries to avoid cases that lead to pain.
It is clear that the mental space affects the physical space.