On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> You will note that there is no claim here about any theory of
>> consciousness: it could be intrinsic to matter, it could come from
>> tiny black holes inside cells, it could be generated on the fly by
>> God. Whatever it is, can it be separated from function?
> What do you mean by function? Is yellow a function? Is irony or comedy
> a function?
On the one hand there is the third person observable behaviour of the
neurons: they fire in a certain sequence and ultimately they cause
muscle contraction. On the other hand there is that which can only be
experienced by the first person. Can these be separated, so that
neurons can be made which cause the muscles to contract in the same
sequence when substituted into the brain but lack the subjective
qualities of normal neurons?
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