by Elizabeth Titovskaya [Posted November 1, 2023 10.38 am PST]
Are you captivated by the enigma of consciousness? Intrigued by the complexities of the human mind? Or perhaps, you're just a seeker, thirsty for knowledge that lies beyond conventional wisdom? Alex Vikoulov, a trailblazing futurist, evolutionary cyberneticist, and philosopher of mind, invites you on a mind-bending, soul-stirring expedition with his captivating documentary, "Consciousness: Evolution of the Mind"(2023 | Remastered | TV-PG).
Divided into five parts, this film provides a deep exploration of consciousness through a multidisciplinary lens, intertwining historical narrative, neuroscientific research, philosophical debate, and metaphysical inquiry. It starts with the basics of what we mean by consciousness and a few key definitions. In Part II, it presents the computational model of consciousness, proposing that cognitive processes can be described “meta-algorithmically.” This approach paves the way for the advancement of "machine sentience" beyond the boundaries of traditional anthropocentric perspectives.
In Part III, the documentary explores the intricate relationship between time and consciousness. Utilizing insights from quantum mechanics, relativistic physics, and advances in consciousness studies, the film interrogates the ontological foundations of reality. It scrutinizes the nature of consciousness from its manifestation in quantum states to its emergent complexities in human experience. Here, the documentary presents a groundbreaking theory of time – Digital Presentism, or the D-Theory of Time, positioning it as instrumental for understanding the multifaceted relationship between temporality, consciousness, and reality itself.
In Part IV, the documentary discusses the epochal shift toward a "distributed self" in a networked society, revealing the awe-inspiring potential of linking individual minds to create an uber-conscious mind of unprecedented superintelligence. As we usher in a future ripe with advances in neuroengineering and information technologies, humanity stands on the brink of the Syntellect Emergence—a transformational leap from a networked Global Brain to the Gaian Mind. It places bets on the Cybernetic Singularity as a conduit for self-transcendence and "engineered godhood," as opposed to an AI-dominated existential landscape.
The film progresses to an exploration of Universal Consciousness, probing the intricate tapestry of the interconnected minds that constitute our collective existence. It introduces the concept of "controlled hallucination" as the brain's modus operandi for decoding reality, raising provocative questions about the limits of our sensory perceptions and our access to higher planes of consciousness.
The film also introduces the notion of “artificial metabolism” achieved through cybernetically-mediated, feedback-driven connectivity on a planetary scale, opening the door to the instantiation of non-biological entities within the universal consciousness. Notably, it challenges the carbon-chauvinist perspectives that limit consciousness to organic beings, positing instead a boundless space of possible minds that includes synthetic intelligence. It further posits that our Universe could be a complex, self-governing system with an innate consciousness as old as time, embracing all other forms within it.
In Part V, the documentary takes a deeper philosophical turn by invoking the debate between materialism and idealism, represented by Western and Eastern intellectual traditions, respectively. Here, Experiential Realism emerges as a compelling conceptual synthesis, asserting that consciousness is both the fundamental substrate of reality and the mechanism that assigns meaning to information.
The narrative culminates in an exploration of the Cybernetic Theory of Mind, rooted in quantum physics, positing that consciousness is a substrate-independent, scale-invariant, computational in nature whose dynamics transcend the dichotomies of determinism and non-determinism. Based on insights from quantum mechanics, the documentary explicates the role of conscious observation in collapsing the quantum wave function, thus creating reality. This notion supports a monistic understanding of consciousness and matter as interconnected facets of a unified, informational substrate.
The film also introduces a novel "Quantum Algorithm of Consciousness," suggesting that the essence of free will and agency might soon be replicated in artificial intelligence through quantum computational frameworks.
Consciousness: Evolution of the Mind (2023 | Remastered | TV-PG)
Release Date: November 1, 2023
Director: Alex Vikoulov
Narrator: Forrest Hansen
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*Filmmaker/Author website: https://www.alexvikoulov.com
Alex Vikoulov's page on Amazon: https://amazon.com/author/alexvikoulov
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