Vocabulary: Hard Problem of Consciousness (and Qualia)

Hard Problem of Consciousness

The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how and why sentient organisms have qualia or phenomenal experiences — how and why it is that some internal states are felt states, such as heat or pain, rather than unfelt states, as in a thermostat or a toaster.

 

Basically, how and why do conscious organisms have experiences, with feelings some of the time, while some don’t.

 

Qualia

In philosophy, qualia are individual instances of subjective, conscious experience.

 

From this enlightening TEDRadio Hour podcast

Definition: Art Amendment

Art Amendment

Art that modifies biased, misleading, and/or symbolically inappropriate art, rather than destroy or remove that art, so what that art wasn’t fair about isn’t forgotten like it was never done or might not happen again.

  • There’s next to nothing online about this I was able to find in a quick Internet search.

 

Except that I know it came from the TEDTalk below by Titus Kaphar, and I LOVE the concept!

 

With more on how art changes us from the TEDRadio Hour podcast episode below…

 

But here’s what you do with this, think about how you’d amend art that is biased or misleading!

Of course, that’d require you to be aware enough to recognize what art needed amendment.

Then be creative for how you can amend it.

I’ll refrain from giving examples of art amendment only because it would be fully of judgmental controversy. I would have to pass judgment on what art I thought needed amending, and why. Then I’d have to give ideas of how I thought I could amend it, which people would judge to see if it would make the art any better. That’s after they’d judge my judgment on the art needing amending and my reason/s for it.

Now, I’m not shy about courting controversy, but I am strategic about it. A blog post where it’s hard to have a conversation about it isn’t my idea of such a venue. Put me in a crowd where I can have face to face dialogue? Then hell yeah! Bring it!

That’s not to suggest I’d be looking for a combative scene, hoping to win or something. No. That’s where I’d love to engage and see what becomes of it all, whether I’m right, wrong, or we all would come up with something better than any of us might have been able to come up with on our own. That’s my kind of courting controversy!

Definition: Voxel

Voxel

A voxel represents a value on a regular grid in three-dimensional space.

 

Basically, the 3D equivalent of the 2D pixel.

 

From this fantastic TEDRadio Hour podcast on the brain!