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: http://consc.net/papers/qualia.html Unfortunately some people just don't seem to understand it. -- Stathis Papaioannou -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.