Peter Jones writes:

> > I'm not sure how the multiverse comes into the discussion, but you have
> > made the point several times that a computation depends on an observer
> No, I haven't! I have tried ot follow through the consequences of
> assuming it must.
> It seems to me that some sort of absurdity or contradiction ensues.

OK. This has been a long and complicated thread.
> > for its meaning. I agree, but *if* computations can be conscious (remember,
> > this is an assumption) then in that special case an external observer is not
> > needed.
> Why not ? (Well, I would be quite happy that a conscious
> computation would have some inherent structural property --
> I want to foind out why *you* would think it doesn't).

I think it goes against standard computationalism if you say that a conscious 
computation has some inherent structural property. Opponents of 
have used the absurdity of the conclusion that anything implements any 
computation as evidence that there is something special and non-computational 
about the brain. Maybe they're right.

Stathis Papaioannou
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