Short remark interleft in italics
John

On 2/20/07, Brent Meeker <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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> John Mikes wrote:
> > Brent:
> >
> >  2 questions (and pls try to take them seriously):
> >
> > 1. do you have a common-sensibly expressible meaning for 'conscious' -
> > in this respect, of machines (computers being so? (conscious of - is
> > easier, but also not obvious).
>
> Short answer - Not a well defined one.

Which is why it is an interesting question whether the computer that is
> "reading a mind" partakes of consciousness.  Consider the extension of this
> technology to a person, who through injury, had no other way of
> communicating except as the computer "read their mind".  Would that computer
> be part of consciousness?

The question was "conscious", not "consciousness" which is not the noun
referrung to (being) conscious (maybe of something) - Your injured person is
fully conscious, and possesses her consciousness, although impaired in
communication. Aiding by a device participates in the conscious activity
(you may exted it to her consciousness). Part of it: yes. My question was as
without a conscious person's input.


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> > 2. The BBC article allows 'scans' to inform about 'theoretical' (or
> > whatever is the appropriate word they use) topics. Do they have a
> > price-list: how many mAmps refer to 'delusional aberration' vs. how many
> > to 'inductive prognostication'?
>
> Not that I know of.


My point. News in the media usually miss the 'real' information and talk
'per apices' in news-level. They aim at the emotionally influenceable purse
of the audience, not the (scientific??) information about the topics. Not a
priviledge of the US media.


Brent Meeker


John M

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