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The Dream Police

Context: ‘This is not science fiction,’ say scientists pushing for ‘neuro-rights’

Dystopian authoritarian visions notwithstanding, there is a strong philosophical argument to be made that consciousness, sentience or intelligence only possesses the value (and, indeed, the substantive reality) it does because there are aspects of self and indeed of complex systems self-organisation that are not transparent or immediately accessible to either direct examination or introspection; that these indefinitely-extensible information and energy-processing (i.e. computational) systems between our ears maintain sustainable environmental continuity, plausible intelligence and creative resilience precisely because of an endemic orientation towards unprovability and an associated, unified, recursive logical and mathematical presence of absence as implosion into higher-dimensionality.

The unity and sophisticated ontological bootstrap that infuses human experience with meaning and self-awareness is of a subtle and more sophisticated kind of logic that is very likely, & ironically, impermeable to this technical form of observational self-inflection. These technologies will lead us to redefine ourselves in ways that lead to a profound explosion of self-knowledge but at the cost of irremediable paranoia and psychological insecurity.

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