Atheism and Tango

Posted in meta on August 21st, 2010 by Samuel Kenyon

Although atheism is not the main theme of this blog, I figured other atheists might enjoy it.  So I joined the Atheist Blogroll (quote from Mojoey):

The Atheist blogroll is a community building service provided free of charge to Atheist bloggers from around the world. If you would like to join, visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts for more information.

(Photo credit: Henrik Schröder, CC Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Also, I just stumbled upon this weird group on Facebook called “Tangoists.” They are atheists that have apparently replaced the ritualistic aspects of religion with Argentine tango.  The full description also mentions the needs of consolation and sensuality (I wonder, were people getting a lot of sensuality out of religion?) :

Tangoism – world view (Weltanschauung) based on scientific atheism with meeting the need for ritual, consolation and sensuality by means of argentine tango. Tangoism followers (tangoists) usually have their own conception of tangoism, however.

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Do the Consciousness Dance

Posted in artificial intelligence on January 11th, 2010 by Samuel Kenyon

According to philosopher Alva Noë, “Consciousness is more like dancing than it is like digestion.” I.e., consciousness happens while you are interfacing with the world.

But is it ballroom dancing, techno dancing, break dancing…the robot?


Sure, you can dance by yourself—especially to industrial and EBM—but you need music. And music is at least partially external. And there’s probably people around you. Crazy people. And a disco ball, and strobe lights…it’s an environment.

Does this mean your consciousness is dependent on interactions?

If you were in a sensory deprivation chamber would you be unconscious? I think you would have hallucinations and eventually go insane. But you would probably still be self aware and relatively conscious, at least until the black hole of strange loop madness consumed you.

However, that is in lifetime space (ontogeny). Consciousness might be fully dependent on interactions in evolution space (phylogeny).

So can this metaphor stretch to unconsciousness? Maybe unconsciousness is like doing the fish stick.


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