On Aug 10, 10:27 pm, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:20 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Not a good analogy since the US is not conscious as a single entity.

How would we know? It's at least as much of a single entity as any

The brain is not conscious as a single entity either - we are not
conscious of much of what we are doing, let along what our brain is
doing.  I don't accept the objection to the analogy and I think we
should continue using it since it reveals the issues specific to
understanding the difference between an entity of millions of quasi-
autonomous living organisms and a logical template being executed

> Please explain what would you think would happen if you replaced part
> of your brain with an unconscious component that interacted normally
> with the surrounding neurons. Would you say "I feel different" or
> would you say "I feel exactly the same as before"?

Please explain why you want to keep coming back to this fallacious
example. There is no such thing as a component which interacts
'normally' when you are talking about a living being. Yes, the natural
part of the brain could notice the difference, but it would not
necessarily notice, depending on how much of the brain was exchanges,
what parts, for how long, how much that part is used by that person at
that time, etc, but above all it would depend on how closely the
replacement part resembled the original. As I have asserted
repeatedly, there is no such thing as a replacement that is
functionally identical to the original without it actually being the
original. That there could be is a radically misinformed assumption
about the nervous system and consciousness which attempts to reduce
the subtlety of the issue to a simplistic logical rubric.


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