Brent Meeker writes:

> > I'm responsible for a misunderstanding if you thought I meant "recording" 
> > in the usual sense of the word, i.e. a copy of a limited subset (sound or 
> > video, for example) of a subject's attributes over a period of time. What 
> > I intended was a copy of all of the subject's attributes, but constrained 
> > so that it will run the same way over and over, like an automaton. For 
> > example, if you have an elaborate computer game with characters with 
> > whom you can interact so they pass the Turing test, you can record the 
> > whole session, including your keyboard inputs, and "play" it a second time. 
> > The computer goes through exactly the same states the second time around, 
> > but it really has no choice: the recording constrains its behaviour as 
> > rigidly 
> > as a video tape constrains the behaviour of the video player and TV 
> > (actually 
> > more rigidly, since there is always some variation between runs with 
> > analogue 
> > systems). Would you say that the characters in the game are conscious on 
> > the first run but not on the second?
> > 
> > Stathis Papaioannou
> 
> I think this turns on the referent of "the characters".  If it means the 
> sequence of 
> computer states that represents the characters in that game - no.  If it 
> means the 
> programs that represent the characters, programs that would have responded 
> differently had circumstances been different, then - yes.  At least that's 
> the theory 
> that consciousness depends on counterfactuals.

That's the the theory that I'm disputing. There seems to me to be no good 
reason 
for it.

Stathis Papaioannou
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