On Aug 3, 9:02 am, Quentin Anciaux <allco...@gmail.com> wrote: > 2011/8/3 Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> > > > On Aug 3, 7:40 am, Quentin Anciaux <allco...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > 2011/8/3 Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> > > > > When for all possible inputs, it outputs the same as the system it is > > > mimicking... > > > Wouldn't that be never, since there is not necessarily a limit to the > > number of possible inputs or outputs of consciousness?
> You'll never be able to prove it... You can't prove either that you are > conscious. Exactly! Which is why 'proof' is not a valid epistemology for examining consciousness and why the whole notion of relating conscious experience to 'outputs' is a red herring. > The thing is that if for every instance of test that you could think of and > *perform*, the simulated system would react as the "real" system. Then you > should tentatively accept it is conscious. Whether we accept it as conscious or not doesn't mean that it *is* conscious. Children accept that stuffed animals are conscious, so what? Craig -- 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.