On Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 4:19 AM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

> I think so too.  But that doesn't show that some different arrangement of
> functions in the brain could not produce a qualitatively different kind of
> consciousness.  Indeed it seems that sociopaths, for example, are different
> in lacking an empathy "module" in their brain.  Some people claim that the
> ability to understand higher mathematics is "built-in" and some people have
> it an some don't.  If we build more an more intelligent, autonomous Mars
> Rovers I think we will necessarily instantiate consciousness - but not
> consciousness like our own.  So I'm interested in the question of how we can
> know how similar and in what ways?

The only way to guarantee identical consciousness would be to
replicate behaviour perfectly. Two entities that produce the same
outputs for all inputs would have the same consciousness.

Stathis Papaioannou

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