In Defense of Scientific Realism and Down to Earth Physical Reality.
Consciousness is a Spectrum, Not a Thing.
Donald Hoffman in Case Against Reality: “The rot of entropy is an implacable enemy of life, a purveyor of decay and death.” (Chapter 10 ¶65)
Citizenschallenge: What a profoundly sad way to perceive our reality and indeed the process of life itself? As silly as having an absolute abhorrence of death. Life and Evolution couldn’t exist without death.
Why doesn't Hoffman appreciate that without entropy the engine of life could never have been created to begin with? No wonder Hoffman’s capable of dismissing physicalism, he’s never learned to appreciate real life processes! It’s ALL philosophy and math to him.
What infuriates me, and which in turn has fueled me completing this tedious project, is his glib dismissal of physicalism which is the cornerstone of sober science for very good reasons.
Why do so many stand by and enable such slander against serious science?
DH: “Conscious Realism must pay another promissory note. It must from first principles, describe precisely the dynamics of conscious agents, and show how this dynamics, when projected into the interface of Homo sapiens, appears as modern physics and Darwinian evolution.
This is a strong empirical constraint on the theory of agent dynamics: Its projected into our spacetime interface must account for all the data that supports modern physics and evolution.” (¶64)
For all his fanciful words, Hoffman never lives up to them.
Also, in real science, an author is expected to be capable of fielding questions in good faith with substantive constructive answers related to said questions.
But, from our correspondence and what I’ve read on the internet, Hoffman acts more like a politician. Consistently forces the dialogue right back onto his train track, or one’s questions are ignored altogether.
It’s supposed to be a learning process, but too often Hoffman is busy selling.
A review of Donald Hoffman’s, Case Against Reality,
chapter 10c, Community: The Network of Conscious Agents
DH: “A conscious agent enjoys a repertoire of experiences. It networks with may other agents, which enjoy a stupefying variety of disparate repertoires. So it cannot experience the vast majority of these exotic experiences. This holds in particular for the hierarchy of agents that constitute it own instantiation.
An agent simply lacks the resources to experience all the experiences of all the agents in its instantiation, even though those agents contribute to its very self. An agent can at best wield its repertoire of experience to paint, with broad brush, a crude leptons of its instantiation.