Jens Oliver Meiert

On Consciousness

Post from June 9, 2016 (↻ June 6, 2021), filed under .

Nothing that I currently reflect on but a possible condition to understanding consciousness (and to advancing artificial intelligence):

It is this dilemma, between identity’s constant attempts to maintain stability and action’s inherent drive for change, that results in the imbalance, the exquisite creative by-product that is consciousness of self. For consciousness and existence do not result from delicate balances so much as they are made possible by lack of balances, so richly creative that there would be no reality were balance ever maintained.

A fascinating dilemma, here quoted from Jane Roberts’ The Seth Material and coming with the reminder that we may want technology that is loving.

Update (May 20, 2019)

On reviewing this unusually brief entry I wonder why I didn’t even mention Hegel back then; but more important to me now is to note the interesting connection to the “Divine Dichotomy” brought up in Conversations with God. There is something here.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on April 29, 2020.

I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.

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