Brent Meeker wrote:

> >That's not very interesting for non-conscious computations, because
> > they are only useful or meaningful if they can be observed or interact with 
> > their
> > environment. However, a conscious computation is interesting all on its 
> > own. It
> > might have a fuller life if it can interact with other minds, but its 
> > meaning is
> > not contingent on other minds the way a non-conscious computation's is.
>
> Empirically, all of the meaning seems to be referred to things outside the
> computation.  So if the conscious computation thinks of the word "chair" it 
> doesn't
> provide any meaning unless there is a chair - outside the computation.

What about when a human thinks about a chair ? What about
when a human thinks about a unicorn? What about a computer thinking
about a unicorn?


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