Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> It seems to me that there are two main sticking points in the discussions on
> several list threads in recent weeks. One is computationalism: is it right or
> This at least is straightforward in that it comes down to a question of
> faith, in the
> final analysis, as to whether you would accept a digital replacement brain or
> (Bruno's "yes doctor" choice). The other sticking point is, given
> is right, what does it take to implement a computation? There have been
> that a computation is implemented by any physical system (Putnam, Searle,
> and by no physical system (Maudlin, Bruno Marchal). The discussion about
> and the ontological status of mathematical structures, in particular, relates
> to this
> second issue. Bruno alludes to it in several papers and posts, and also
> alludes to his
> "movie graph argument", but as far as I can tell that argument in its
> entirety is only
> available in French. Comments and elaboration would be welcome.
> Stathis Papaioannou
If it's a question *only* of faith, it's probably a non-question. I can think
lot of evidence that might sway my answer to the doctor.
But leaving that aside, I think there is another question in play: What kind of
computation implements intelligence? ...consciousness? Is it every
with differences only of degree? Or are there distinct requirements?
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