Peter Jones writes:

> > > That doesn't follow. Comutationalists don't
> > > have to believe any old programme is conscious.
> > > It might be the case that only an indeterministic
> > > one will do. A deterministic programme could
> > > be exposed as a programme in a Turing Test.
> >
> > Then you're saying something strange and non-physical happens to explain
> > why a program is conscious on the first run when it passes the Turing test
> > but not on the second run when it deterministically repeats all the 
> > physical states
> > of the first run in response to a recording of your keystrokes from the 
> > first run.
> It was never conscious, and if anyonw concludede it was on
> the first run, they were mistaken. The TT is a rule-of-thumb for
> detecting,
> it does not magically endow consciousness.

Are you suggesting that of two very similar programs, one containing a true 
number generator and the other a pseudorandom number generator, only the former 
could possibly be conscious? I suppose it is possible, but I see no reason to 
that it is true.

Stathis Papaioannou
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