On Aug 8, 8:42 pm, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > On 8/8/2011 5:28 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote: > > > On Aug 8, 7:18 pm, meekerdb<meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > > >> It has the capacity to understand what the temperature is and what it's > >> supposed to be. You're just showing your carbon racism because my > >> thermostat is made of glass and metal. > > > To be clear, I do suspect that each metal strip, and any metal strip, > > may be 'aware' of temperature (it's own) but that's not an abstract > > 'understanding'. The thermostat device as a whole is only a coherent > > machine from our perspective. Without us, each part of the thermostat > > is just a coincidentally adjacent object, having no unifying > > subjective sense amongst the parts. > > Unlike those carbon atoms in neurons?
Right. A neuron does have a unifying subjective sense which is a cumulative entanglement of the sense of it's organic molecules which includes the sense of it's atoms. Organisms want to survive and reproduce, metal strips do not. Craig -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. 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.