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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Neuroscience of the Self

In Edge, an interesting essay:
Self Awareness: The Last Frontier By neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran. This is about how any thinking system ultimately considers its self and environment.

Discussion of the participation of so-called mirror neurons which " ... also fire when you merely watch another person perform a similar act. It's as if the neuron (more strictly the network of which the neuron is part) was using the visual input to do a sort of "virtual reality simulation" of the other persons actions—allowing you to empathize with her and view the world from her point of view ... ".

Could these neurons, or systems of them, be what model our self? Or ultimately robotic systems may model themselves? Must AI include a model of self? A number of examples of human behavior are covered as models of self awareness. Neuroscience technical.

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