Peter Jones writes:
> SP: 'using the term "comp" as short for "computationalism" as something
> picked up from Bruno. On the face of it, computationalism seems quite
> sensible: the best theory of consciousness and the most promising
> candidate for producing artificial intelligence/consciousness'
What Bruno calls comp isn't standard computaitonalism, it has
an element of Platonism.
Standard computationalism involves the idea that consciousness can be captured
by a computer program running on a computer. Bruno keeps the first part but
challenges the second, suggesting that the idea of the physical process in the
computer actually causing the conscious experience is flawed, as per Maudlin's
paper. Thus he does not begin with the idea that conscious computations exist as
Platonic objects (although I think he did suspect this all along) but ends with it as
a conclusion from examining the claims of standard computationalism. Always
risky to summarise someone else's ideas when they're watching, but perhaps
Bruno could comment if I have it wrong.
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