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Big and small numbers (4)

28 November, 2022

Thanks to Richard Fitton for raising this topic [https://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/big-and-small-numbers-2]. I agree that it is probably not relevant to compare human memory with computer memory (or to compare what happens in "neural computing" with human neurones). The anthropomorphic language is, I think, deliberately misileading - an effect of the peculiar human desire to create life in a laboratory, whether biologically or cybernetically.

Richard mentions Harry Haroutioun Haladjian's book on consciousness and attention. As it happens, I have recently been reading a number of books about human consciousness as a part of an ongoing writing project of mine, but I have not read Haladjian's book. His focus on "attention" seems to be that book's USP (it is behind a paywall so it is hard to tell). If so, this is a side-tributary feeding into the whole puzzle of consciousness.

As this topic gets abstruse very quickly, I won't offer fruther opinions here on HIFA, but would be glad to discuss further with anyone off-list.



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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, which supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. He is the elected Vice President (and President-in-Waiting) of the World Association of Medical Editors. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. He served on WHO's Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. He also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. Chris has been a director of the UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). chris AT chriszielinski.com. His publications are at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris-Zielinski and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue