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All mind is made of images, from the representation of objects and events to their corresponding concepts and verbal translations. Images are the universal token of mind.

Our perceptions and the ideas they evoke continuously generate a parallel description in terms of language.

For once in my life, I'd like to use the word "complex" and legitimately refer to emergent behaviour.

My gosh, writing is hard work. 😥 I think I gave it a good shot tonight. Will keep trying.

Regex Crossword

Stumbled upon this, I've been at it for half an hour now. Great way to practice reading regex.

The ability to generate images opened the way for organisms to represent the world around them.

The march toward minds began with elementary sensing and responding, and sensing and responding are still at work today in the world of the bacteria.

The mental components that originally enabled creative intelligence, namely, feeling and subjectivity.

Complexity is hallmarked by the appearance of functional emergences as one moves from smaller to bigger chunks of the overall structure.

The emergence of the nervous system was an indispensable enabler of life in elaborate multicellular organisms; the nervous system has been a servant of whole-organism homeostasis.

The presence of images meant that each organism could create internal representations based on its ongoing sensory descriptions of both external and internal events.

In conscious creatures, the first tier of visceroception signals is delivered below the level of consciousness, and the corrective responses that the brain produces on the basis of unconscious surveillance are, for the most part, not consciously deliberated either.

Remember the next time you say “I’m going with my gut”, you’re literally going with the majority vote.

When cooperating, what bacteria, or nucleated cells, or tissues, or organs give up, in general, is independence; what they get in return is access to the “commons”.

There is no nervous system inside bacteria and no mind in the sense that we have. Yet they have varieties of perception, memory, communication, and social governance.

The essence of homeostasis is the formidable enterprise of managing energy—procuring it, allocating it to critical jobs such as repair, defence, growth, and participation in the engendering and maintenance of progeny.

Human cultures are a manifestation of systems in which conscious and deliberative minds can both interfere with automatic regulatory mechanisms and create new forms of life regulation that have the goal of upregulated life states that tend to produce flourishing.

A: (walks over) What are you working on?
me: (hesitates..) umm.. mumble mumble..
A: People?
me: (relieved) Yeah, people. I’m working on people.

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