On Jul 11, 2:52 am, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm saying that
> the potential for awareness must be built in to matter at the lowest
> level or not at all. Complexity alone cannot cause awareness in
> inanimate objects, let alone the kind of rich, ididopathic phenomena
> we think of as qualia.
i don't see a much of a connection between those statements.
Complexity could be necessary but insufficient. It is,
for instance, difficult to see how you could have
simple colour qualia. Colours represent a lot of intormation.
> The only thing that would come close to convincing me that a
> virtualized brain was successful in producing human consciousness
> would be if a person could live with half of their brain emulated for
> a while, then switch to the other half emulated for a while and report
> as to whether their memories and experiences of being emulated were
They could report one thing whilst experiencing or
having experienced another. Let's they have bits
of their brain replaced by functionally equivalent
silicon; let's also say that silicon can't have qualia.
Then, as the replacement procedes, their qualia
will fade...but they will continue to report them,
because of the functional equivalence.
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