Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Brent Meeker writes:
>
> > > I think it goes against standard computationalism if you say that a 
> > > conscious
> > > computation has some inherent structural property. Opponents of 
> > > computationalism
> > > have used the absurdity of the conclusion that anything implements any 
> > > conscious
> > > computation as evidence that there is something special and 
> > > non-computational
> > > about the brain. Maybe they're right.
> > >
> > > Stathis Papaioannou
> >
> > Why not reject the idea that any computation implements every possible 
> > computation
> > (which seems absurd to me)?  Then allow that only computations with some 
> > special
> > structure are conscious.
>
> It's possible, but once you start in that direction you can say that only 
> computations
> implemented on this machine rather than that machine can be conscious.

Yes, you can, but you don't have to. Consciousness might supervene on
computational structure, it might supervene on hardware structure.

What is the problem with computationalism being a contingent truth ?

> You need the
> hardware in order to specify structure, unless you can think of a God-given 
> programming
> language against which candidate computations can be measured.


There is a level of description -- a level at which a computaiton can
be said
to contain some may loops, branches and recursions -- which is higher
than the hardware level, but not as high as a specific programming
language 
like C or Fortran. Think of  a flowchart.


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