On 7/25/2010 7:18 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
I agree with Quentin's answer below. When information is processed
recursively, iteratively, or hierarchically used to build upon results
it can no longer be viewed as conveying the same meaning. An analogy
is the meaning of a Book, which is built of chapters, which is build
of paragraphs, sentences, words and letters. There is little to no
meaning in individual letters, but when organized appropriately and
combined in certain ways the meaning appears. Looking at individual
operations performed by a machine is like focusing on individual
letters in a book.
Your analogy was very helpful. I misunderstood your previous
Would you consider the firing or non-firing of a neuron to count as
Yes, I would consider it to count as information, but I think it
only counts as integrated information if it is connected to other
neurons in a way that 'tells them' the neuron is either firing or not
firing, because if it is firing, that excludes certain possibilities,
and if it is not firing, that excludes certain possibilities, and so it
is informative. I think of it as the neurons being so connected as to
be able to 'watch' each other.
Thank you for all of the other explanations you gave. I don't
have a response to them, but I do appreciate them. You've cleared up
some of my confusion.
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