Thursday, December 14, 2017

The production of The Qualia Song.



Near the end of each year, just before the holiday seasons, our lab has a special meeting called "The Brain Club Xmas Special." (The Brain Club is the name for the journal and research club held every week.)
In the Xmas Special, we hold a competition to create (often humorous) works. We vote, and there is a prize for the winner.

So this year, I created a song titled "The Qualia Song" using GarageBand. I knew for quite some time that there was this music software on my Mac (and iPhone), but this was the first time I used it. Initially, it was difficult to grasp how to use regions and loops, but I went through the learning curve and here it is.


The lyrics are by me, and I take responsibility for any biases or misperceptions. : - )  

The Qualia Song.

(Lyrics by Ken Mogi)

Qualia are sensory qualities
Like the redness of red
If you don’t get it you can still have it
So relax, breathe, and enjoy your qualia
Immersed in the here and now

Some people just don’t get it
Like the great Daniel D
We can agree to disagree
So relax, breathe, and enjoy your qualia
Your existence in the here and now

It is such a silly idea
But many people stick to it
The integrated information Theory
(IIT is obviously wrong! You know that!)
So relax, breathe, and enjoy your qualia
Your existence in the here and now

An individual arises from relations
in the Mach’s principle
Maybe twistor is the great savior
(God save Sir Roger Penrose!)
So relax, breathe, rejoice in your qualia

Your existence in the here and now 

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