Toward a Mythos of Extropy

Clinamenic

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Here is a tangible example of the brain as a sort of sensory computer geared for survival.

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Other segments of this course show experiments involving a dot of light strafing across a visual field, and the pertinent neurons firing (that rapid clicky noise). Some fire when the dot/stimulus moves horizontally, some fire when it moves vertically, some fire when the previous two fire simultaneously, some fire when a line of light moves in certain directions but don't fire when dots do, etc.

And you can see how complex visual computations can be made in combination of these baser computations. In the case of the grasshopper, this particular visual stimulation is somehow linked to the motor function of hopping away, seeing as this visual stimulation approximates a nearing object.
 

Clinamenic

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And really thats just one sense. Factor in the circuitous complexity of the other senses, plus those of the more purely cognitive mechanisms, and one can start to appreciate the breathtaking intricacy of our own wetware.
 

Clinamenic

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What are the dangers of mythologizing humans into a sort of mythic canon, a secular pantheon of trailblazers, curated for maximal cultural impact?

What are the prospects of a rotating pantheon? Figures highlighted to compliment the tone of today, in some respect?

Unified, but diverse, a proper pantheon, like the mythos more widely, ought to inspire.

Naturally I can conjure up endless dead europeans, considering I developed in the intellectual tradition I did, but a proper lineup ought to walk the progressive talk, in terms of diversity. If science does stand to gain what I think it does from diversity, then this shouldn't be a problem.
 

Clinamenic

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Perhaps there is a sort of naturally rotating pantheon that emerges, if you analyze the citations across academia and science, seeing who comes up where and how much. Certain figures may come into prominence as their work gets more attention, is recognized properly, etc.

A more pure reflection of socially-defined relevance, rather then someone just decided what figures are important to a given people.
 
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