Forget Me Not (feat. Aaron Nazrul)

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Overview:
One popular theory of consciousness is the “Global Neuronal Workspace Theory” which suggests consciousness is produced by events in the brain where multiple areas broadcast and share information with each other, creating a “global activation” of neurons. Another name for this theory is “Fame in the Brain” since the content becomes famous among the neurons, like a Twitter trend within the brain. In this song, Baba imagines the brain activation that would make more fans conscious of his work, creating “fame in the brain” for them, and fame in the world for his music.

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Lyrics

Forget me not, love
When I’m gone
You are the platform
I want to be trending on

Listen as I remedy my limited status and recognition
Situation with scientifical rappin'
I got a lotta competition to get your attention
From other rappers to the fittest Kardashian
I’m kinda shameless with the fame-seekin’
My aim is ekin’ out a piece of real estate when I’m speakin’
Infiltrating a niche in your mental ecosystem
Flippin’ a switch and initiating a sequence
The scanner captures a pattern of activation
A cascade of chain reactions and avalanches
That’s “Fame in your Brain” – know what I’m sayin’?
If the answer’s “yes”, then I guess I have access
I’m trending… but only locally
Vocally, in your cortical workspace platinum
Globally I’m not exactly getting broadcasted
But if your brain is active then I got what I’m after

Forget me not, love
When I’m gone
You are the platform
I want to be trending on
Forget me not, love
Let me not fade
Just let our song play
Again and again and again
No fifteen minutes of fame

Consciousness is nothin’ but fame in the brain
And if enough brains remember your name you get fame
And if you get too much of it you can't step into public places
Without gazes and cameras aimin' your way
And I'm no fan of binoculars so I rock a verse
Always sayin' something unpopular to chase 'em away
Like "You ain't nothin’ but ignitions in coalitions
Of neurons activating and fading away"
Your subconscious is messy, unconscious circuits are always
Processing everything, cross-talking and guessing
Like “What’s he talkin’ ‘bout? It sounds complicated
I’m hungry. What’s for dinner? I wonder what’s on television?”
Until a signal gets amplified, and enters into
Circulation in your cortical connections
And that's when you can flexibly convert it into action
Like: “Wait a second, who is this rapper? He's excellent…”

Forget me not, love
When I’m gone
You are the platform
I want to be trending on
Forget me not, love
Let me not fade
Just let our song play
Again and again and again
No fifteen minutes of fame

All the thoughts and feelings you’re always dealin' with
The brilliant visuals and perceptual vividness
It's either an incredible waste, or an adaptation
Enhancing your basic Darwinian fitness
So bear witness to inner mental richness
And communicate it with linguistics
Food for thought, maybe we only savour flavours
Just to be able to tell people that “it’s delicious”
I know it doesn’t feel like that. From the inside
Experience feels like it’s intrinsic
But why would natural selection give us the talent
To reflect, if not to share reflections with some listeners?
So can you savour the flavour of my lyrics?
If not, you’ll probably tell people “it’s best to skip this”
But if so, if you think the info-rich flow is dope
Tell everyone that it’s delicious!

Forget me not, love
When I’m gone
You are the platform
I want to be trending on
Forget me not, love
Let me not fade
Just let our song play
Again and again and again
No fifteen minutes of fame

credits

from The Rap Guide to Consciousness, released October 13, 2017
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by John Ellis

Further reading:
www.uni-trier.de/fileadmin/fb1/PHI/Hoffmann_-_Dokumente/Dennett_-_Are_we_explaining_consciousness_yet.pdf
www.edge.org/conversation/stanislas_dehaene-signatures-of-consciousness
www.nature.com/news/2005/050620/full/news050620-7.html

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