On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 4:21 AM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

> I agree with you vis a vis Craig.  But I think functionalism may well allow
> different kinds of consciousness (and I'm not clear that Bruno's version
> does).  That we "hear" an inner narration of our thoughts is probably an
> evolutionary accident arising because it was efficient to utilize some of
> the same brain structure used for hearing when thinking in language (c.f.
> Julian Jaynes).  If we were making an artificial intelligent being we could
> chose to have separate hardware and software perform the perception and the
> cogitation.  Would that being be conscious?  I'd say so.  It could certainly
> act consciously.  Would it be conscious in the same way we are?  No.
> Similarly with vision and visual imagination.

I'd say that if it produced the same outputs for the same inputs, it
would be conscious in the same way.

Stathis Papaioannou

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