Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Williams, G. (2011). What is it like to be nonconscious? A defense of Julian Jaynes. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 10(2), 217-239. (preprint pdf/journal site)

Allen, M., & Williams, G. (2011). Consciousness, Plasticity, and Connectomics: The Role of Intersubjectivity in Human Cognition. [Hypothesis & Theory]. Frontiers in Psychology, 2. (full text pdf)

Master’s Thesis

Ecological Realism and the Tension of Realism and Idealism in Heidegger’s Thought

One response to “Research

  1. Gary, your interests seem to be pointing in a similar direction to my work.
    1. The phenomenological perspective of Heidegger; and
    2. The brain-origin of dualistic thought
    (Jaynes/Luria, Simultaneity/Sequence).

    I am looking at cognition as the development (evolution) of life’s energy-management strategies. I am seeing that the success of that evolution is in the area of prediction over longer intervals of time, and the development of instrumentalities that create and manage holisms (entities) that exist in longer interval “ecologies”.

    This management of longer intervals can take ever greater advantage of the Law of Large Numbers, and so is effectively exploiting the future as a natural resource. In parallel with this ecology-development (i.e. the emergence of longer-interval instrumentality), there has always co-emerged a longer-interval sentience -> consciousness.

    At the core of my work, though, is the idea that biological cognition is NOT fundamentally a project dedicated to understanding the world. Rather, it is the tortuous progression of a system comprising two very different energy-management strategies and infrastructures, trying to “understand itself.” That is, an ionic-sensitivity system and a thermodynamic-motivational system are both capable of “modelling a world” but arrive at very different conclusions.

    The evolution of sentience -> consciousness has included a “dialog” between the sensitivity model and the motivational model, as well as the creation of a “game-world” in which artificial “game-environments” have been created whose purpose is to maximize the coherence between the two energy models (even if this coherence occurs in “unreal environments”). I call this “platforming”, and I believe we can attribute the artificiality of our cognitive world to the success of platforming in developing heuristic solutions that optimize cooperation between the sensitivity and thermodynamic models.

    If you are at all in agreement with these ideas, contact me at:

    I would love to start a dialog.

    Norman Stone

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