Can software accelerate consciousness? I think it can. But first we need to define consciousness, not merely in folk psychology terms, but with a powerful theory of mind. Then we need to explain how software might make your consciousness work faster than it otherwise would, using the terms of this theory. That’s what I’ve tried to do in a paper recently, and in this blog post on Medium: How Hookmark Extends Its Users’ Consciousness: Based on Merlin Donald’s Multiple Component Convergence [MCC] Theory of Consciousness. The MCC theory is described in detail in Professor Donald’s book, A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness.
Is there more to say about transformative experiences than L.A. Paul’s decision-theoretic perspective captures? Here’s a post of mine on Medium on the subject: Beyond L.A. Paul’s theory of transformative experiences. And the CogZest webpage on the upcoming (Sept. 24) Beacon Humanist meeting on the subject: Transformative Experiences.
I recently presented at a humanist meeting on The Status Game by Will Storr. Before the meeting, I shared some notes with the group. Now, I’m sharing them with you: What’s Right and What’s Missing in The Status Game by Will Storr?
Today on Twitter I was asked for a reading list on cognitive productivity:
That's a great point!
What are your favorite cognitive productivity books?
— Cortex Futura (@cortexfutura) February 5, 2023
Here’s a quick answer in four parts.
Via Mastodon, I discovered the following article, which I found quite inspirational. If you too work on multiple knowledge-intense projects across several disciplines, I think you will agree.
I’ve finally made substantial updates to the draft Manifesto for an Integrative Design-oriented Approach to Understanding Humans as Autonomous Agents, which I first published in 2019.
Aims of the manifesto
The manifesto describes a way to deeply understanding ourselves, each other and possible artificial general intelligence. While the manifesto is mainly aimed at ambitious researchers and developers, it is also important for anyone pursuing such understanding. It should lead, for instance, to books, articles and software for the general knowledge-oriented public.
In 2016, I published mySelfQuantifier — a time-tracking system that uses a spreadsheet, Timing app and TextExpander. I included videos about this system in Cognitive Productivity with macOS: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge. Since then, I’ve made some major improvements to it that I’d like to share here.
I’m delighted to announce that I will be giving a keynote presentation to the 5th Workshop on Human Factors in Hypertext – #HUMAN22 on June 28, 2022. The title of my talk will be “Hypertext Applications of Integrative Design-Oriented Cognitive Science: A Framework for Cognitive Productivity“.
I was delighted to present the Hook productivity software for macOS at Tinderbox Meetup #22 earlier today. There was a great turn-out of bright people who are very keen about digital knowledge work — very much aligned with the CogZest slogan, to “Thrive in the sea of knowledge“!