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Debugging Trace

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

from “Queen Victoria’s Personal Spook, Psychic Legbreakers, Snakes and Catfood: An Interview with William Gibson and Tom Maddox”

TM: […]You know what Marvin Minsky says about consciousness? It’s a debugging trace. It’s like a little piece of froth on the top of this larger thing. I think Bill believes that. Consciousness is just part of the act (laughs). All this other shit that goes on is equally important.

From Stewart Brand’s The Media Lab snagged from here

“Has any of this cleared up what consciousness is or is for?” I asked. “People have such a small number of memory registers,” Minsky said, “that we can’t think of much. Everything has to be on automatic. Consciousness is not a window. It’s more like a debugging trace you use for reprogramming around problems. Humans are really amazing, considering.”