Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Peter Jones writes:
>
> > If consciousness supervenes on inherent non-interprtation-dependent
> > features,
> > it can supervene on features which are binary, either present or
> > absent.
> >
> > For instance, whether a programme examines or modifies its own code is
> > surely
> > such a feature.
> >
> >
> > >Even if computationalism were false and only those machines
> > > specially blessed by God were conscious there would have to be a 
> > > continuum, across
> > > different species and within the lifespan of an individual from birth to 
> > > death. The possibility
> > > that consciousness comes on like a light at some point in your life, or 
> > > at some point in the
> > > evolution of a species, seems unlikely to me.
> >
> > Surely it comes on like a light whenver you wake up.
>
> Being alive/dead or conscious/unconscious would seem to be a binary property, 
> but it's
> hard to believe (though not impossible) that there would be one circuit, 
> neuron or line of
> code that makes the difference between conscious and unconscious.

It's easy to believe there is one line of code that makes the
difference between 
 a spreadsheet and a BSOD.


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