[Science article] Is consciousness discrete?

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[Science article] Is consciousness discrete?

Post by Nicolas » Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:51 pm

Reminiscent of "mind moments":

Press release: How the brain produces consciousness in “time slices”
EPFL scientists propose a new way of understanding how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.

Scientific article: Time Slices: What Is the Duration of a Percept?
Abstract: We experience the world as a seamless stream of percepts. However, intriguing illusions and recent experiments suggest that the world is not continuously translated into conscious perception. Instead, perception seems to operate in a discrete manner, just like movies appear continuous although they consist of discrete images. To explain how the temporal resolution of human vision can be fast compared to sluggish conscious perception, we propose a novel conceptual framework in which features of objects, such as their color, are quasi-continuously and unconsciously analyzed with high temporal resolution. Like other features, temporal features, such as duration, are coded as quantitative labels. When unconscious processing is “completed,” all features are simultaneously rendered conscious at discrete moments in time, sometimes even hundreds of milliseconds after stimuli were presented.

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Re: [Science article] Is consciousness discrete?

Post by daverupa » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:03 pm

Are they measuring consciousness? It looks to me like they're measuring perception; as usual, the neurological term "consciousness" doesn't map to the Buddhist term "vinnana" very well.
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Re: [Science article] Is consciousness discrete?

Post by cobwith » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:47 pm

Sā me dhammamadesesi,
Thig 5.8

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Re: [Science article] Is consciousness discrete?

Post by mirco » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:09 am

Nice collection. Are you updating it? Or done?
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." - Bhikkhu Anālayo


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