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  1. I'm going to use the email quoting style again. I hope it's not too inconvenient for the reader; it is certainly convenient for me. > let's define sentience Let's not. Sentience is a highly elusive thing. We could discuss it for weeks and not get anywhere. Let's do something productive instead. > A computer, no matter how complex, is not sentient, because it can only use a linear code of algorithms to process information. If you can simulate a brain on a computer, you can have a thinking computer. It's theoretically possible, because classical physical systems can be emulat
  2. Aeris? ——Wait—no. Aeris's diction was horrible. Yours is fine. Damn, waffles, I really admire your patience. Or are you arguing with her for the hell of it? If so, I'd still find it admirable.
  3. > I don't think that would work Neither do I; I don't expect the success rate to exceed 0.1 if it is at all possible. The point of this test is to bypass most of the motor processing pathways and learn how to trigger directly individual cells (they're of the Betz cell type; their dendrites are numerous and project quite far layer-wise) whose axons connect straight to the motor neurons. Otherwise, it would be quite useless, since the motor system is already trained to control the skeleto-muscular system by contracting whole muscles (well, that might not be true for posture and fine movemen
  4. I thought the short/long-term classification of memory was outdated. Even if it still isn't, there's too much dispute about its existence and no convincing evidence to confirm it. I don't like to use it at all. The section concerning memory in infancy would've been much clearer, had you used the other classification. Children learn language among other skills during that period, and they remember words and phrases after having heard them just once. Implicit memory, or some of its subtypes, is at its peak. So seems to be semantic memory, for knowledge is also rapidly acquired during these y
  5. Here's an idea that's occurred to me a great many times, but I've never thought of using it as confirmation of tulpas' existence. I think that's because I am already dead sure their existence is possible. It is based mostly on a peculiar side effect of the creation process, muscle twitching. Teh tehory: Individual muscle fascicles are innervated each by a separate motor neuron. It doesn't have to be fascicles; any portion smaller than a muscle head would do. So, individual motor neurons in the ventral horn control parts of muscles, and they can fire individually. That much is certain. Now,
  6. Hello, I'm sorry to intrude on your one-on-one discussion session. I'm not even sure what I've just done — it seems I'm just responding to some arbitrarily picked parts of text — but here is the product. I didn't bother with putting quoted text into those neat boxes, so you can't outright tell who wrote what, but what the hell, at least you'll have more fun remembering or seeking out what you wrote. As for other readers, well, too bad. > The memory is fallible, and doesn't keep logs. Actually, it sort of does, but it's a lack of a "log entry" that could potentially make a memory suspic
  7. In the likely case there's no one with the experience needed to answer your question, I'll give you my opinion. The condition shouldn't be damaging to a tulpa, as long as its effects are of purely hallucinatory character. Hopefully, it doesn't affect any important functions. There's even a slight chance a tulpa could help you fight the condition. Inducing (benign) hallucinations is just one of tulpas' many possible abilities. It doesn't define them. > I'm also worried that if i did create one and allowed it those memories that it may take on the likeness of some of the things i saw dur
  8. Your uncertainty is completely understandable; in fact, tulpas don't usually need any permission whatsoever unless they really, really believe they do, and even then it's still a problematic question. You just have to rely on their being considerate and their healthy disinclination to do anything stupid.
  9. First off, let me tell you what these symptoms are. They are, for the most part, hallucinations. There are two kinds of these hallucinations: * lasting mild effects characterised by noisiness: tinnitus, visual noise * transient, often abrupt, clear and noticeable and sometimes intense the latter are listed bellow: nociceptive: bursts of intense but benign localised pain, pinches, dull cranial aches thermoceptive: regions of warmth or heat (may move), chilly pins and needles, patches of cold feelings tactile: vibrations, tingling, poking, sensations of pressure that may move, pins and
  10. That claim is discrepant with the OP of http://tulpa.info/forums/Thread-Failure-is-possible And the implication that the lack of progress was caused by counting hours is disproved by the following statement Keeping a log is fine unless it starts causing you to worry, doubt the progress, or obsess with it, which can lead to favouring quantity over quality. Counting hours itself is not bad.
  11. What the hell? Uh, never mind. Anyone want a Scriptish script that removes this nonsense?
  12. Click the green arrow in the quote header.
  13. Yeah well, I'd definitely regard having two minds in one brain as an aberrant condition. Perhaps there are mechanisms in the brain to prevent such a condition from occurring spontaneously, and by tulpaforcing, we somehow bypass them or subvert them. Oh, and don't expect an MRI scan to reveal much. Even DID affects the physical structure of the brain little. A semi-related report: http://home.earthlink.net/~maiziekelly/fMRI.htm
  14. Q2 neglected to consider the remarkable degree of autonomy tulpas (well, some/most tulpas) exhibit. A tulpa's mind can do most of, if not more than, what the host's can, without the action needing to be prompted by the host. Tulpas are conscious. Fictional characters in your head aren't. They might have complex personalities, but they act only when you're thinking about them, unless they've become tulpas. You'll probably have more luck convincing your friend with this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder#Causes
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