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Title:BI 153 Carolyn Dicey Jennings: Attention and the Self
Duration:01:25:31
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Published:18-11-2022
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Patreon for full episodes and Discord community: https://www.patreon.com/braininspired Free Video Series: Open Questions in AI and Neuroscience: https://braininspired.co/open/ Apple podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brain-inspired/id1428880766?mt=2 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2UZj8c8Ap5oc2gh2rJxLLe Music by: The New Year: http://www.thenewyear.net/ Show notes: https://braininspired.co/podcast/153/ Carolyn Dicey Jennings is a philosopher and a cognitive scientist at University of California, Merced. In her book The Attending Mind, she lays out an attempt to unify the concept of attention. Carolyn defines attention roughly as the mental prioritization of some stuff over other stuff based on our collective interests. And one of her main claims is that attention is evidence of a real, emergent self or subject, that can't be reduced to microscopic brain activity. She does connect attention to more macroscopic brain activity, suggesting slow longer-range oscillations in our brains can alter or entrain the activity of more local neural activity, and this is a candidate for mental causation. We unpack that more in our discussion, and how Carolyn situates attention among other cognitive functions, like consciousness, action, and perception. 0:00 - Intro 12:15 - Reconceptualizing attention 16:07 - Types of attention 19:02 - Predictive processing and attention 23:19 - Consciousness, identity, and self 30:39 - Attention and the brain 35:47 - Integrated information theory 42:05 - Neural attention 52:08 - Decoupling oscillations from spikes 57:16 - Selves in other organisms 1:00:42 - AI and the self 1:04:43 - Attention, consciousness, conscious perception 1:08:36 - Meaning and attention 1:11:12 - Conscious entrainment 1:19:57 - Is attention a switch or knob?



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