On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:23 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jul 25, 8:32 am, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> The replacement neurons are integrated so that they interact with the
>> rest of the brain just as normal brain tissue would. An example is the
>> one you came up with, neurons without their nucleus, which would
>> function normally at least for a few minutes.
> If they can only function for a few minutes, then that function may
> not be 'normal' to anything except us as distantly removed observers.

You've missed the point.

>> If any of those things happened you would say, "Hey, things look
>> strange!" But you can't say this, because the normal brain tissue,
>> including the neurons that enable speech, receive normal input from
>> the replacement neurons. So either everything looks just the same, or
>> everything looks different but you can't be aware of any difference.
>> (Please don't say that they *don't* receive normal input, because that
>> is the entire point of the thought experiment establishing
>> functionalism!)
> They may receive some normal input, but there may be a lot more input
> which we have no way to understand from our perceptual distance which
> gets amputated.

You've completely missed the point again. Perhaps you could try
reading Chalmers' paper if you haven't already done so:


Unfortunately some people just don't seem to understand it.

Stathis Papaioannou

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