Wet Consciousness and Dry Consciousness

Wet Consciousness and Dry Consciousness

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8217-5.ch004

Abstract

In this chapter, wet consciousness and dry consciousness will be defined. For doing the definitions, it illustrates the differences between wet consciousness and dry consciousness under the understandings at present. Wet consciousness is a living creature brain and dry consciousness is an entity made by a digital computer. Naturally, consciousness itself is also argued on what it is and on its general understanding of mechanisms. And then, it presents about the wet Consciousness mechanisms. In addition, the possibility to create dry consciousness will be studied under these situations.
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Wet Consciousness and Dry Consciousness

Firstly, here defines wet consciousness and dry consciousness consulting by Wikipedia (“Consciousness,” n.d.)

Definitions of consciousness; wet consciousness and dry Consciousness.

Wet Consciousness

Almost every living creature (mammals) has a kind of a consciousness state. It is the state of awareness, of being aware of an external object or something within itself. It is the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, and having a sense of selfhood or soul.

Dry Consciousness

It is called artificial consciousness, machine consciousness, or synthetic consciousness. Especially this concept is used in robotics and AI research areas.

It is the state of awareness, of being aware of an external object or something within itself. It is the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, and having a sense of selfhood or soul.

Wet consciousness is possible to exist as it is with human. However, dry consciousness is not yet possible to have the following states; awareness, experience, feel, wakefulness, selfhood, soul.

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Consciousness In General

Consciousness itself is a current and vivid issue at present even now. It has been a long history behind, but it is not yet come up to a clear explanation on it.

As a primitive and basic human brain structure, the following tissues (parts of brain) can be considered:

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    Cerebellum as the very primitive desires and the life maintenance movements

  • 2.

    Cerebrum as the advanced neuron processes including the prefrontal cortex by receiving the neuron information through cerebellum

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    Prefrontal cortex

  • 4.

    Five senses

Also, it is known that a consciousness comes up in a prefrontal cortex of a cerebrum. As a functional flow, any desire from the cerebellum goes to the cerebrum. Namely, the cerebrum as the advanced neuron processes including the prefrontal cortex and the five senses will be receiving the neuron information through the cerebellum. In this neuron flow, there comes up a consciousness state at the prefrontal cortex.

The above explanation will be rewritten functionally.

Information from cerebellum→ cerebrum (frontal lobe + parietal lobe + occipital lobe + temporal lobe) → action

This may be transformed into a functional expression by using sets theory, which may be possible to re-express as dry consciousness.

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Conclusion

Wet consciousness and dry consciousness are defined in order to argue about the differences between wet consciousness and dry consciousness under the understandings at present. In addition, it is argued about the wet consciousness mechanisms. And then, the possibility to create dry consciousness at present is studied.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Wet Consciousness: Almost every living creature (mammals) has a kind of a consciousness state. It is the state of awareness, of being aware of an external object or something within itself. It is the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, and having a sense of selfhood or soul.

Dry Consciousness: It is called artificial consciousness, machine consciousness, or synthetic consciousness. This concept is used in robotics and AI research areas. It is the state of awareness, of being aware of an external object or something within itself. It is the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, and having a sense of selfhood or soul.

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