On 9/5/06, 1Z <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
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> > Under one mapping, the physical system implements a program which thinks, 
> > "I am now experiencing my first second of life". Under a different mapping, 
> > it implements a program which thinks, "I am now experiencing my second 
> > second of life".
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> And who is doing all the interpreting ?
>

*If* consciousness is computation and a computation is the total
system which is composed of the program/algorithm and the interpreter
then it means that the consciousness exist only when interpreted and
in this case (which is you + the manual + your interpretation of the
computation with the help of the manual) means it exist only when you
are in fact interpreting it.

I think this view is wrong and the interpretation (as also
instantiation) is a relative notion and as such the interpreting
process does not need to be a concrete one. In the case of a conscious
computation (*if* consciousness is a computation) then it didn't need
to be interpreted in the first place nor by you or any manual to be.
To answer your question of "is it existing like I'm existing ?", I'd
say for the point of view of the conscious computation, she is as real
as you... from your point of you it is like it is not existing and
vice-versa...

Quentin

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