GROK: How Did Consciousness Evolve?

GROK: How Did Consciousness Evolve?

Goal

I read biology/psychology related stuff to keep up with human behavior from a science perspective - it is useful for:

That being said, my goals in those areas are loose - a tighter one for this piece would be: think about the consciousness of a fictional character - how developed can it be?

Resource

Author: Michael Graziano

Published: The Atlantic

Discovered through: Emergent Future (Blog of Algorithma) post

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Concept: Evolution as the grand unifying theory of biology

Consciousness’s history of understanding has been primarily: philosophy, cognitive science, religion

What is the adaptive value of consciousness? When did it evolve, what animals have it?

Concept: Attention Schema Theory

Selective Signal Enhancement

Tectum

Wulst

Cortex

Tectum is master of overt attention; cortex adds ‘covert attention’ - moves deep processing from one item to another

The cortex constructs it’s own internal model

Opportunism

Social prediction

Concept: Theory of Mind

Language

Evolutionarily

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