On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 12:03 PM, Bruno Marchal <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> The state machine that would represent her in the case of injection of
> random noise is a different state machine that would represent her normally
> functioning brain.
> Absolutely so.
What about the state machine that included the injection of "lucky" noise
from an outside source vs. one in which all information was derived
internally from the operation of the state machine itself? Would those two
differently defined machines not differ and compute something different?
Even though the computations are identical the information that is being
computed comes from different sources and so carries with it a different
"connotation". Though the bits injected are identical, they inherently
imply a different meaning because the state machine in the case of injection
has a different structure than that of her normally operating brain. I
believe the brain can be abstracted as a computer/information processing
system, but it is not simply the computations and the inputs into the logic
gates at each step that are important, but also the source of the input
bits, otherwise the computation isn't the same.
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