On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:

> On Jul 28, 3:53 pm, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >One of Craig's main ideas is that things made of carbon can feel certain
> >ways
> Mais non! Being made of carbon isn't important in theory, it's having
> the experience of a living organism with a nervous system that
> dictates whether it can feel certain ways. If you can get silicon to
> become a living organism with a nervous system then it could very well
> feel the same ways. You may have to recapitulate the entire experience
> of life on a planet, a geology, ecosystem, etc within the organism as
> well. It could take hundreds of millions of years.

What differences does the history of a life have to do with what you are
experiencing now?  If aliens created a human being from scratch just like
you, and swapped you out while you were asleep, why would this physically
identical copy of you behave differently than the you which was born?

> If you used one
> real neuron (probably need a group of real neurons in practice) you
> might be able to skip all that.
So how small can the group of "real" neurons be?  Can it be all artificial
except for one neuron and function as a normal mind?


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