On Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 10:01:36PM +1000, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Are you suggesting that of two very similar programs, one containing a true 
> random 
> 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 
> believe 
> that it is true.
> 
> Stathis Papaioannou

I think this is what Maudlin's argument tells us. Is it that so
preposterous to you? 

I thought I had another argument based on creativity, but it seems
pseduo RNG programs can be creative, provided the RNG is cryptic enough.

Cheers

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