My formal background is in Communication System Engineering with special emphasis on satellite communication. I have (or once had - retired now for a decade) relatively good math skills (especially probability theory) and familiarity with communication protocols. Philosophy of mind is a post-retirement hobby, although a serious one to which I devote much of my time. Despite the seeming irrelevance of that formal background, with a system engineering perspective I frequently see connections between seemingly disparate topics. Exploring such connections is the purpose of these notes.