Ooops...I forgot the 'quantum level' issue in the paramecium discussion.

No. I would disagree. Quantum mechanics is just another "law of
appearances" - how the world appears when we look. The universe is not
made of quantum mechanics. It is made of 'something'. That 'something' is
behaving quantum mechanicially.

The model is a bunch of 'something' doing a 'model-dance' in a computer.
It does not do what the 'something' does in a paramecium. Hence whatever
is lost by changing the dance from the 'something dance' (quantum
mechanical or whatever) to the 'model-dance' will be lost to the model
paramecium.

I would hold that what is lost is the faculty for experience. The
paramecium includes all levels of the organisation of reality. No matter
how deep your model goes go you throw away whatever is underneath your
bottom layer of abstraction and then assume that does not matter. Big
mistake, IMO. Fixable, but not by modelling.

Does that make sense?

Colin Hales




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