Dear Brian,

Don't we first have to establish that strings of ones and zeros can encode all of the basic structure that we would agree are necessary for consciousness? I still do not understand how one bitstring can encode necessity of the illusion of making a choice between eating Apples or Oranges and I still have had no explanation of how one bitstring can interact with no kind of change and permanence in change possible.

Stephen

----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Scurfield" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Subject: The Sim's of Platonia ( was: Everything Physical is Based on Consciousness)



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OK, let's suppose we are sim's of Platonia. In particular, let's suppose that us and the world around us are represented by the computational histories of Platonic Turing Machines.

When a TM that supports a sim "executes" steps (quotes cause we're in
Platonia), the contents of its tape change and the read-write head moves
(I'll spare you the quotes on change and move). When we look at a snapshot
of the tape, what is on that tape are zeroes and ones (of course, Platonia
doesn't care whether its apples and oranges on the tape). We are represented
by some of those zeroes and ones. As you have noted, those zeroes and ones
will contain records of what happened in prior snapshots on the tape. There
will also be records of our thoughts and beliefs. Some of those beliefs will
be of time and some of consciousness. The snapshot, however, is totally
static; it in itself does not support consciousness, it is just ones and
zeroes. Similarly the next snapshot is static and the glue that holds the
two snapshots together can be totally described by a static bit-string which
encodes the TM.


It does not seem like we can find our first person experience in this; it's
all just zeroes and ones! Apples and oranges even. But that's just
incredulity. I think the pertinent question to ask is: why do sequences of
zeroes and ones on the tape develop the belief of consciousness?


Brian Scurfield




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