let me skip the quoted texts and ask a particular question.
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From: "Stathis Papaioannou" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 11:41 PM
Subject: RE: Maudlin's Demon (Argument)
You wrote:
Do you believe it is possible to copy a particular consciousness by
emulating it, along
with sham inputs (i.e. in virtual reality), on a general purpose computer?
Or do you believe
a coal-shovelling robot could only have the coal-shovelling experience by
actually shovelling

Stathis Papaioannou
My question is about 'copy' and 'emulate'.

Are we considering 'copying' the model and its content (in which case the
coal shoveling robot last sentence applies) or do we include the
interconnections unlimited in "experience", beyond the particular model we
talk about?
If we go "all the way" and include all input from the unlimited totality
that may 'format' or 'complete' the model-experience, then we re-create the
'real thing' and it is not a copy. If we restrict our copying to the aspect
in question (model) then we copy only that aspect and should not draw
conclusions on the total.

Can we 'emulate' totality? I don't think so. Can we copy the total,
unlimited wholeness? I don't think so.
What I feel is a restriction to "think" within a model and draw conclusions
from it towards beyond it.
Which looks to me like a category-mistake.

John Mikes

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