Consciousness 3

Copy Me, 4

Being conscious is being able to form memories.

forming memories

~ forming an identity

~ forming a causal chain of thoughts

To form memories, one needs to access and then store its own states.

But due to metadox (paradox), no one, or no single part of the brain, can access its own now-here state directly.

That is why different parts of the brain have to communicate and coordinate in order to be conscious.

— Me@2013-05-30 1:47 PM

2013.06.23 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK


Onion self 7

神明輕光速 自我虛級化

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their [own] gravity.

– G. K. Chesterton

You are the Light, so you have to be light (in weight) and work at the speed of L/light.




— Me@2011.08.27

— Me@2013.06.07

2013.06.07 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Consciousness 2

So when we’re awake and conscious, a single shock initiates a series of responses. Because they are well-connected, the different parts of the cerebral cortex are able to communicate and the integration results in this being conscious.

But when we’re asleep and unconscious, the communication channels temporarily shut down. So the same shock produces only a short likewise response.

— The Secret You

— BBC Horizon Documentary



From Latin conscius, itself from con– (a form of com– (“together”) + scire (“to know”).

— Wiktionary on conscious

Consciousness and self-awareness is due to the communications between different parts of the brain.

— Me@2013-06-06

2013.06.06 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Consciousness | 自我 | 意識

There is no direct self-interaction.

An observation or measurement is an interaction between the observer and the observed, involving two objects. So there is logically impossible to have direct self-observation.

— Me@2013-05-29 12:09:46 AM

You cannot see yourself directly from your own point of view. Instead, you can only see your mirror, photo, and video images. In other words, you can only indirectly see yourself.

— Me@2013-01-20 01:08:34 AM

— Me@2013-05-31 10:45:49 PM

2013.05.31 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK


Memory 4.4 | Copy Me, 5.3 | Memento 4

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 3 日的對話。

根據我的經驗,近乎只有一個情況,會令我真正明確回憶起,中學時代的某一件特定事件。那就是當收拾房間,整理一大堆物件的時候,偶然會見到那個時代的一些「紀念品」,例如 成績表、筆記、書籍、相片 和 電影戲票 等。

所以,為免遺失原本的自我,你應定期收集和保存「紀念品」,作為人生的「里程碑」。「紀念品」就好像是「記憶保險箱的鎖匙」,助你隨時喚醒多年前的詳細記憶,令你重遇年輕時的自己。你的信件、文章 和 作品,往往就是最佳的「紀念品」。

— Me@2012.10.06

2012.10.06 Saturday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK



I have collected in this book memories extending over fifty years.

I am well aware that memory is unreliable.

It not only selects and rearranges that facts of our lives, but also embroiders and invents.

I have checked my version of facts wherever possible against other people’s memories and against written documents.


– Freeman Dyson’s Disturbing the Universe




2009.09.05 Saturday ACHK

Memory 4.3

Copy Me, 5.2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 3 日的對話。



第二重是,即使只比較人生頭二十年的記憶,「三十歲的我」回憶(例如)「十六歲那年」發生了什麼事,已經不及「二十歲的我」回憶「十六歲那年」那麼詳細和準確。那就是我剛才所講的「變形、刪減 和 篡改」。

更震撼的是,如果我真的問你,「十六歲那年」發生了什麼事,你可以答到的,可能不出十件,甚至只有一兩件事。震撼的地方在於,「十六歲那年」共有 365 日,而你竟然只講到不夠十件事情。「十六歲那年」對於一個「三十歲的人」來說,只一堆模糊的印象,記憶的疑團。

根據我的經驗,近乎只有一個情況,會令我真正明確回憶起,中學時代的某一件特定事件。那就是當收拾房間,整理一大堆物件的時候,偶然會見到那個時代的一些「紀念品」,例如 成績表、筆記、書籍、相片 和 電影戲票 等。

— Me@2012.10.03

2012.10.03 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Memory 4.2

Copy Me, 5

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 3 日的對話。


洛克(John Locke)的標準是,有同一個記憶,就為之同一個自我。

但是,即使是同一個人的記憶,又會隨時間 變形、增刪、篡改。如果用洛克的標準,我們平時所講「同一個人」之中的「同一」,只是幻覺。即使是「同一」個人,其實「自我」亦在不斷變化之中。例如,「十年前的我」和「現在的我」,並不是完全相同的「同一個人」。

— Me@2012.10.01

2012.10.01 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Memento 4

They were right. Lists are the only way out of this mess.

Here’s the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It’s not that simple. We’re all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours. It’s a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next: a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring for their turn in the spotlight. Every week, every day. The angry man hands the baton over to the sulking man, and in turn to the sex addict, the introvert, the conversationalist. Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots.

This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, maybe, or here’s how I could make a fast million, or such and such is the key to eternal happiness. That’s the miserable truth. For a few moments, the secrets of the universe are opened to us. Life is a cheap parlor trick.

But then the genius, the savant, has to hand over the controls to the next guy down the pike, most likely the guy who just wants to eat potato chips, and insight and brilliance and salvation are all entrusted to a moron or a hedonist or a narcoleptic.

The only way out of this mess, of course, is to take steps to ensure that you control the idiots that you become. To take your chain gang, hand in hand, and lead them. The best way to do this is with a list.

— Memento Mori

— Jonathan Nolan

2012.08.17 Friday ACHK


這段改編自 2010 年 3 月 20 日的對話。



二來,每個人也有「多重自我」。當中總會有一個「自我」,符合「星座性格」的預測。例如,假設你的整體由自我 甲、乙、丙、丁、戊 組成。甲很外向,乙很內向。當「星座性格」預測你很內向時,甲沒有同感,所以不會出聲。但乙會很有共鳴,所以會「跳了出來」同意。整體的效果,就好像星座準確預測你的性格。


— Me@2012.07.02 

2012.07.02 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK