Never knowing what will show up in my morning email, this was one of those surprising, “That’s right,…I DID sign up for these,” notices that I found.
Months ago, after seeing a Netflix documentary on the latest-and-greatest humanitarian-related concepts that Bill Gates was now into [He’s constantly reading the newest theories on basically everything eco-scientists/medical-specialists are attempting, to decide where best to plug in his philanthropic money], I thought I’d like to know more about what he reads because some of the same documentary-mentioned subject matter that he had read also interested me, meaning I wanted to hear more of what he thought might be worth future reading, and I signed up for his newsletter describing those same topics.
“Of all the subjects I’ve been learning about lately, one stands out for its mind-boggling complexity: understanding how the cells and connections in our brains give rise to consciousness and our ability to learn….” Bill Gates from his blog “GatesNotes” https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/A-Thousand-Brains
Okay, now that subject definitely peaks my interest: defining consciousness and hearing about ‘a new theory of intelligence’. The problem being that I am writing about this NOT from having read this book, but only having done background research on Hawkins’ book mentioned, and on his previous one that many reviewers were more enthralled with, called ON INTELLIGENCE:
“Hawkins develops a powerful theory of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines.
The brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure of the world, remembering sequences of events and their nested relationships and making predictions based on those memories. It is this memory-prediction system that forms the basis of intelligence, perception, creativity, and even consciousness.”
Now to me—THAT would be interesting to read. I’m not sure that I agree with all said by the reviewer, because I think “consciousness” is the ‘ocean in which we swim,’ and we are only “receivers/imbibers” of it to the degree that we open ourselves to it; but I can agree that “intelligence” per se is the ‘building of that reception’ or by birth the ‘natural receptivity’ to larger amounts of that vast ‘ocean of consciousness’ available to us.
However beyond all my personal opinions expressed here, I just wanted to generally mention that those two Hawkins’ books are available to peruse as possibly helping us better understand how the mind functions and how we interpret our world, our relationships/interactions, and our surrounding environments.
Too bad my library doesn’t yet have them. (Sigh.)