Hi Brent, You ask the perfect question! By locally it is mean that all that can be defined and/or measured from a single frame of reference (as it is used in special relativity). This includes a notion of simultaneity that involves those aspects of the world that can be measured from that frame. For example, all of the content of experience that you have in any moment is locally attributable to your frame of reference in that moment. This idea is tricky because there are non-narratability issues that have to be managed if we extend the concept to talk about foliations of instances of frames. See: http://arxiv4.library.cornell.edu/abs/1002.1726v1
Onward! Stephen From: Brent Meeker Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:12 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: A comment on Mauldin's paper “Computation and Consciousness” On 1/27/2011 10:23 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote: On 25 Jan 2011, at 15:47, Stephen Paul King wrote: snip Mathematical structures do not “do” anything, they merely exist, if at all! We can use verbs to describe relations between nouns but that does not change the fact that nouns are nouns and not verbs. The movie graph is a neat trick in that is abstracts out the active process of organizing the information content of the individual frames and the order of their placement in the graph, but that some process had to be involved to perform the computation of the content and ordering cannot be removed, it is only pushed out of the field of view. This is why I argue that we cannot ignore the computational complexity problem that exist in any situation where we are considering a optimal configuration that is somehow selected from some set or ensemble. I don't see how this would change anything in the argument, unless you presuppose consciousness is not locally Turing emulable, to start with. What does "locally" mean in this context? I doubt that consciousness is strictly local in the physical sense; it requires and world to interact with. Brent -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.