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.


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