AI and subjectivity

Just when through modernity, we’ve gotten used to the self, we’re loosing it into the technological media. Who’s there, in charge?

There is a new impetus to examine subjectivity, with the developments in AI (artificial intelligence) and its encroachment on so much of human activity. And they are actively applied in reality, in drones, un-manned buses, language generation, face recognition. Their moral consequence is “us” the subject, put on the spot. What is it, to be human? Who or what is the true self? Is there free will? Is it a predetermined destiny where we have no choice, but to enact our human programmes? In thus just reacting to our environment, what difference is there from AI?

For more on subjectivity link to the blog entry“Our reality and Reality”

Be a part

Conscious of
being a part.

All that surrounds us bemessage 01
the rest of our whole.

Our whole, he or she, is
displaced by
our being a part,
but must in Reality be;
beyond us transcendent
in us immanent,
both Reality and our whole are.

As a part of our whole,
we must a part of Reality be,
for our whole
being of Reality.

Open to being
a part.
Tune into Reaity,
immanent in your everything.

From the start, as a part, with a second half

We know we exist.

You are there, in your reality, conscious and experiencing things, as I am in my reality, as self or identity.

While what we experience (you and I, as self or identity) may be uncertain when scrutinised i, we know there is more to our reality, and to our self ii.

And there is a whole, beyond our more, we usually do not think of, of whom our existence and more are parts.

Also, as a part of our whole, we are a part of Reality.message 01

Our whole may permeate us, and Reality may be immanent in us, but only in our being a part of our whole. We must present, open and surrender our self, in our being a part, to the presence of our whole being, who is of Reality.


Everything that is of you and your reality, is a part of your whole.”

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Reality cannot be directly experienced. It does not exist in “our” reality.

What we do experience of the world is an indication (phenomenal world). It can never be reality because it is our experience. It comes from beyond us, from our whole, who is in Reality.

Information about the real world and our whole self, from sense organs such as the eyes, ears, and sensors for tension and length, in tendons and muscles, is carried by nerves to the brain from which, we are given a sense of the world and of being in it. Our reality is constructed” in the brain, and placed or “projected” in space through the CNS (Central Nervous System), by our whole.

With this “Orientation”, we can regard the part we are, in relation with our whole.

All that we experience, all that we are and feel, and our deepest being, everything that is of our self, is a part of our whole. It is not for us to become the whole; we are a part, as self or identity, within “our” reality of conscious experience and self witnessed iii. We can get to places, gain things, such as realisations, feelings, understandings and knowledge, and we can change in our self, but look beyond these experiences and states of being, to a relation with our whole.

That relation is as a part, and in this relation, as a part, is the immanence of Reality in us, and others.

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i What we experience (you and I, as self or identity), is difficult to determine. If we try to pin it down to what it definitely is and prove or question on what basis we know what something is, it‘s all words and what we experience. Like science, because science is a part of the mind, nothing is proven right or true, except in certain conditions or particular contexts eg. relativity for things in space and time, quantum for things smaller than atoms, Newton’s law of gravity for things in space and time at relatively slow speeds and short distances and time, relative to the speed of light.

ii We have different types of experiences (good/bad, past/ present, mind/feeling/body etc), various identities (varies with different company or situations), broader/narrower or faster/slower minds, deeper states of being, and different states of consciousness and stimulation (arousal).

iii “Our” reality, of conscious experience and self witnessed.
Our reality refers to the one we are in, as self or identity. “Our” is to distinguish Reality from “our”
reality, of conscious experience and self witnessed. The witness is a part of our reality, though we recognise it as transcendent. It is transcendent of experience and self, and impossible to experience in our usual direct way. Rather, we are aware of what the witness witnesses. Thus we are aware of what we experience, but we can also be aware of our self ie., self aware. By inference of being self aware, we can know that there must be a witness; “how can we be self aware, if not for a witness”.
      Traditionally the witness is a place we go to, to disengage and allow our various parts (including the self and experience) to fall into place passively or with some particular focus (which may be a chant, work, sleep, hobbie, relationship, or what ever we get into). All conscious experience is before the witness.
      Here however, we may go on to capture the witness in its “actuality”, as projected in space (behind from where we line-up and face the world we experience, and extending below). We can not just know it is there, or shift to its transcendence and be the witness, but in our “actuality” as projection, we can connect through the various parts of our reality (in the experience, having an experience, and witness) and refer to our whole as a part, to be in relation with him or her.
       It is not ambition or cleverness that makes us involve the witness. Rather in is a necessary consequence of referring our reality to our whole, which includes both the conscious (by which we are conscious of, what we are conscious of, ie, our self and what we experience), and our witness.

Our reality and Reality

The concept of “projection”

All that we are, as self or identity, and all that we may experience, is “projected” or placed in space through the Central Nervous System (CNS), by our whole being. The CNS is a part of our whole, as is our reality that is projected through the CNS. “Actuality” here refers to the existence in fact and in space of our reality.

Consider vision as an example of projection by our whole being. Light bouncing off real things in the real world focuses upside down inside at the back of the eyes, stimulates the receptors (cones and rods) there at the retina that converts the focused images into nerve impulses. These travel through the optic nerves and reach the brain where vision is created and placed in space for us to have the experience of vision in a 3-dimensional space.

In similar ways, information from other sense organs of the body, is put together in the CNS to form the parts of our reality to do with the outside world. Our reality includes an accurate indication of the world, with a “functional” and effective sense of our being in the world, which allows us, as an identity or self, to seemingly do things and be there.

What about the “self” ? – the subjective aspects of our realityDe carte

Science has established “what we experience” as being made by the brain. Modern philosophy has embraced this; it is a part of our general understanding and world view, that the brain is the site for what we experience. In fact, there’s a famous diagram of Descartes’ (father of modern philosophy – “I think, there for I am”), from as far back as the mid-1600’s, of how vision is generated, as I outlined above.

But what about the self? With our sense of independence, will and separation from what we experience, including others, how can we be a product of the brain, secondary to an organ? What about our consciousness, life and deeper being? Where do they fit or come from?

These are important questions in understanding “projection”, and our part.

I pre-empt my point, that there is no brain without a whole being, whole self or the whole body. We are a part of our whole, “projected” through and not by the CNS.

The self is a problem.

The self is difficult to determine. While sentences that refer to themselves or “self reference” creates  in some cases difficulties, described in philosophy as a paradox, the question “What is the self?” takes us directly to the problem of trying to refer to the actual self, that I call the “self referencing conundrum” (https://realityhc. wordpress.com/=self+referencing+ conundrum& =Search). The difficulty comes of “us”, as self or identity, being a part of the make-up or apparatus for having an experience. So that, trying to approach our self in the usual manner of determining things is impossible, like a camera trying to take a picture of its own film or digital sensor, even while we are our self !

To help proceed in examining our reality, we can make a distinction between the subjective and objective aspects of our conscious reality. Objective are those parts “easy” to explain and understand as produced by the brain (Chalmers 1986, Australian philosopher). Vision that I have mentioned and other experiences according to the senses belong to this group. Also included are the linear mechanical or computer-like functioning of the mind, such as filing, retrieving and analysing.

The subjective aspects on the other hand, include the self, consciousness, the experience itself (rather than what is experienced), deeper being, and the witness. In contrast to the “easy” and objective, Chalmers refers to the subjective aspects of our reality as the “hard aspects of conscious experience”, because it is hard to explain their existence and nature, as produced by the brain or some other thing. He suggests we consider those “hard” and subjective parts as fundamental or irreducible, so as to approach the subjective aspect differently than our linear reductive way that we usually try to grasp and understand things with our mind.i

The self as a part.

We cannot determine our self. This is because we are the self, and while we need a different setting to study or say something about our self (not how we feel or what we think but our actual self), rather than as fundamental, we can understand our conscious self as a part of our whole being. Both our self and what we experience, the subjective and the objective aspects of our reality, can then be considered as projection. Not as a product of the CNS, but of our whole. Projected through, and not by, the CNS.

In our “actuality”, our existence in fact, we occupy space as projection. And as such we may refer to our whole, and be in relation with him or her. It is a relation that, again, is not direct because our whole is beyond our reality.

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Our part displaces its whole.

While to be our actual self is unfamiliar, as is to refer to our transcendent whole, as a part from within our whole, it is not impossible as referring to our self, in the direct determining way that we usually relate to the things we experience. Our reality of conscious experience and self displaces our whole, so that there is the rest of our whole that surrounds our reality. Our whole is transcendent of our self and experience, yet as a part of our whole, he or she permeates or is immanent in us.

Reality, an entirety, and All-Creation.

Furthermore, our whole is a part of Reality, an Entirety that is more than the sum of all wholes and parts, the one and only whole. I consider it All-Creation-God. In our whole being a part means we, as self or identity, are a part of Reality. However, our tendency to be identified with our self and with what we experience, isolates us in this part of our reality that also consists of a conscious that is conscious of, and a witness by which we are aware of, our self and our experience.

We must be our actual self, in the spirit of “Every thing of you and your experience, is a part of your whole” and open to the immanence of our whole and Reality, in our self.

The transcendence and immanence of the creator is a mystic and theological consideration about the nature of, and our relation with, the divine. But we, as self or identity, must “wear” this mystery; Reality and our whole is inherent in us, as one of their parts.

It is not an egotistical, or self emulating, because in our actuality is also a relation with a whole being and reality that are, as wholes, more than the sum of their parts – and we are considering our part in them.
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i There is a new impetus to examine subjectivity, with the advent of AI (artificial intelligence) and its encroachment on so much of human activity with drones, un-manned vehicles, and language generation. What is it, to be human? Who or what is the true self? Is there free will? Is it a predetermined destiny where we have no choice but to enact our human programmes? In thus just reacting to our environment, what difference is there from AI?

Being a part

Reality cannot be directly experienced. It does not exist in “our” reality.

What we do experience of the world is an indication (phenomenal world). It can never be reality because it is our experience. It comes from beyond us, from our whole, who is in Reality.

Information about the real world and our whole self, from sense organs such as the eyes, ears, and sensors for tension and length, in tendons and muscles, is carried by nerves to the brain from which, we are given a sense of the world and of being in it. Our reality is constructed” in the brain, and placed or “projected” in space through the CNS (Central Nervous System), by our whole.

With this “Orientation”, we can regard the part we are, in relation with our whole.

All that we experience, all that we are and feel, and our deepest being, everything that is of our self, is a part of our whole. It is not for us to become the whole; we are a part, as self or identity, within “our” reality of conscious experience and self witnessed i. We can get to places, gain things, such as realisations, feelings, understandings and knowledge, and we can change in our self, but look beyond these experiences and states of being, to a relation with our whole.

In this relation is the immanence of Reality in us, as a projected part.

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i “Our” reality, of conscious experience and self witnessed.
Our reality refers to the one we are in, as self or identity. “Our” is to distinguish Reality from “our”
reality, of conscious experience and self witnessed. The witness is a part of our reality, though we recognise it as transcendent. It is transcendent of experience and self, and impossible to experience in our usual direct way. Rather, we are aware of what the witness witnesses. Thus we are aware of what we experience, but we can also be aware of our self ie., self aware. By inference of being self aware, we can know that there must be a witness; “how can we be self aware, if not for a witness”.
Here we may
go on to capture its “actuality”, as projected in space (behind from where we line-up and face the world we experience, and extending below). We can not just know it is there, or shift to its transcendence and be the witness, but connect through the various parts of our reality (in the experience, having an experience, witness) in our “actuality” as projection, and refer to our whole as a part, to be in relation with him or her.
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raditionally the witness is a place we go to, to disengage and allow our various parts (including the self and experience) to fall into place passively or with some particular focus (which may be a chant, work, sleep, hobbie, relationship, or what ever we get into). All conscious experience is before the witness.
It is not ambition or cleverness that makes us involve the witness. Rather in is a necessary consequence of
referring our reality to our whole, which includes both the conscious (by which we are conscious of, what we are conscious of, ie, our self and what we experience), and our witness.

Definitions : Witness

How can we be self aware, if not for a witness by which we are aware?

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The witness is a void, disassociation itself, by which we are aware of our self, and what we experience. It is the displaced complement to the manifestant parts of our reality, namely the self and its experience, but also the conscious and deeper aspects of our being.

We may be aware of what the witness witnesses.

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