Questions about Mind
for the Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition
Needless to say, i cannot promise that all questions will be asked,
but thank you for submitting them,
and i apologize for shortening some questions.
As a reminder, this is a panel about Mind with four distinguished scholars
in four different disciplines. The ideal questions are those about... Mind!
- Are we becoming computer files?
- Do machines empower people or devalue people?
- What is mind for? Is it for discovery and exploration? In that case how is it changing in the age of the Web.
- Are you familiar with Nicolelis' brain-machine interfaces?
- China expects a 5% increase in the number of babies born in 2012 because this is the "year of the dragon", which is considered the most auspicious zodiac sign. Despite all the technology and science, why do human minds still need something purely irrational to believe in?
- Collective mind: web search instead of knowledge-based systems.
- Do mirror neurons explain empathy, altruism, civilization: my mind also contains your mind.
- Are individual minds becoming more or less uniform across the world?
- Is it really "our" mind? Our mind has always been influenced/conditioned/trained by society's explicit and implicit values (codified laws and consensus memes), and today the force of marketing is so powerful that there is hardly anything we do that is not determined by marketing. Is there a larger "mind" that is not the idealistic, utopian universal consciousness but rather a cynical greedy alliance of economic and political interests to control our minds through their defiition of happiness?
- Turing Test: How far are we from the day that machines will be smarter than humans?
- Does the body serve the mind or the mind serve the body?
- What skills are being lost or gained by the multitasking mind of the smartphone generation
- Do tools shape minds?