Luigi Anzivino: Science of Magic

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7 Responses to “Luigi Anzivino: Science of Magic”

  1. HubrisSonic says:

    well that guy has balls

  2. Joe Boyle says:

    Longer version of this talk here:

    http://vimeo.com/26489481

  3. Wreckrob8 says:

    Magic and neuroscience or even neuromagic sounds good to me.

  4. That Future of Science map is lovely….

  5. petertrepan says:

    I’m a little skeptical of the notion that we’re close to understanding consciousness, whether or not we know it has a “quantum” aspect. Learning to create or manipulate consciousness would probably be the most profound technological change since the rise of life in an ostensibly lifeless universe.

    EDIT:
    This is the really big problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Problem_of_Consciousness

    Solving this problem would certainly mark the beginning of the Official Singularity(tm).

  6. I’ve always loved that quote’s malleability:

    “Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.”

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.”

  7. Wreckrob8 says:

    Consciousness. It seems to me that as long as we can communicate about communication and make tools in order to make tools we are fully conscious as human beings. But that’s not it. The relationship between neurological, psychological and ideological linguistic processes is key. Our relative awareness of the relationship between these alters as part of a genetically determined evolutionary/historical process. Simply put it is the awareness that you maintain as an adult of the imaginary/philosophical mechanisms used in acquiring language that motivate you to ask different questions about possible worlds that creates ‘consciousness’. There are still evolutionary changes in this process to come. Of course our fundamental motivation is always sexual (with the possibility of love).

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