On 29 Aug 2011, at 20:07, Craig Weinberg wrote:

On Aug 29, 10:28 am, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:

A brain also undergoes physical changes just as elaborate and
intricate (topologically) as the experiences taking place through it,

I agree with the above.

yet the brain's changes you attribute to the brain only and not the
experiences but you don't have a problem admitting that the changes in
the computer are being directed by the logic of the software.

High level processes can direct changes on lower levels, certainly.
This is true for both brains and software.  But the software causing
some electron to go through a certain transistor isn't going to make
the electron do anything physically impossible.

Right. That's why I keep saying there's nothing that defies science
here. I'm not talking about magic. Human consciousness is a fugue of
high level processes and low level processes interacting with each
other in their own native terms.

Everything the
software causes can also be explained in terms of phydical
interactions at lower levels.

Definitely, but the reasons that we have for causing those changes in
the semiconductor material are not semiconductor logics. They use
hardware logic to to get the hardware to do software logic, just as
the mind uses the brain's hardware to remember, imagine, plan, or
execute what the mind wants it to. What the mind wants is influenced
by the brain, but the brain is also influenced directly by the mind.

A hard-wired universal machine can emulate a self-transforming universal machine, or a high level universal machine acting on its low level universal bearer. The point is just this one: do you or not make your theory relying on something non-Turing emulable. If the answer is yes: what is it? If the answer is no, your plea seems to be an argument for a low comp substitution level, and you can't escape the consequences of comp.


The computer
is to the software as physics and biochemistry is to the brain or the life form. It provides a stable platform with fixed rules upon which
very complex patterns can be sustained.

Right, except these patterns do more than sustain complexity, they
drive complexity,

Evolution can drive complexity.  Evolution can be replicated in
software, as in that smart sweepers program.

What do the smart sweepers evolve into? Getting better at the same
game isn't driving complexity, it's optimizing efficiency.

they are the 3-p view of what we know is a 1-p
experience which simplifies that complexity and allows us to partially
program it.

Various modules in the brain filter what they consider to be
irrelevant and presents their simplified views to other parts of the

Why is your model of the brain 100% passive though? Our minds aren't
stuck in a shell like a mollusk.  What is filtered out as irrelevant
implies that there is a high level agent to whom the presentation may
be deemed relevant. The reason there could even be a such thing as
presentation of 'relevance' can only be so that a high level agent
could take some kind of active role in the process. That's the reason
why a computer doesn't need a monitor or keyboard to run a program,
since it has no high level agent that needs a presentation layer. We,
as users are the ones who need that kind of interface because we are
the high level agents of the output of a computer.

A cell develops it's own autopoietic processes for
it's own purposes, where a chip is never inspired by our human
software to adopt those scripts as it's own. The chip never grows or dies or lives on it's own, it just politely hosts our texts which we
have designed to piggyback on their natural molecular processes.

Right, but neither do the laws of physics grow or evolve, rather
physics and chemistry politely host the DNA texts chosen through
billions of years of natural selection.

Did I ever say once say that the laws of physics grow or evolve?

No but you expect that of computer chips.  Computer chips are the
"physical laws" to the software. Their rules don't need to change for
the programs that execute on them to be able to.

I would only expect that of computer chips if I wanted to say that
they could be functionally equivalent to living neurons. They can run
semiconductor software while neurons run anthropological software.
Anthropology won't run on silicon (as far as we know).

understanding of it certainly evolves and grows, but no, cells don't
need to invent new elements in the periodic table to do what they do,
but they do need to invent new combinations of the existing elements
to generate biochemistry.

Just as different software programs are merely different arrangements
of bits.

Sure, but at no point will any of those arrangements turn into an
actual cell or a molecule. I wouldn't really say that a bit is
something that actually exists anyhow. It's just our interpretations,
our arrangements that seem different and meaningful to us. To a
computer there are no bits, just open and closed circuits.

In this way it could be said that chemistry
extends into biochemistry which indirectly extends physics, but that's
all irrelevant word definition semantics.

As far as we know, physics and chemistry have only hosted DNA through
a very small number of elements and relatively narrow ranges of
physical conditions. By and large the physical materials in the
universe do not support DNA at all. If they did, this entire
conversation would not be happening because we would have many
examples of mineral based animals roaming around and we would leave
our monitors on at night because our computers might be afraid of the

I don't see that this has to do with anything.

Why not? If human consciousness can be be articulated through silicon
just as well as it could DNA or rice paper or bowling pins, then why
do we only ever see it occur through human DNA?

Capillary action is not a violation of the laws of physics.

No, but the existence something that uses capillary action for it's
own private negentropic purpose is not predicted by physics qua

Given a physical arrangement of a narrow tube in a liquid physics
would predict the force driving the flow of the liquid through that

That life forms would use this is a matter of history and circumstance.

You seem to be dodging the point of negentropy being unexplainable
from substance monism. It can only answer the question of what makes
them life forms by some legalistic un-asking of the question. If that
view can't answer the question of what life is, then it at least
should answer the question of where does the question come from?

about substance monism precludes any life form from existing?

Because life wouldn't make sense as an aspect of substance entropy,
even in an open system, the creation of local order and order- building
teleology would have no function in a literally functionalist

Life is here, it makes sense.  Does it need to have some particular
function to exist?

I agree, but literal functionalism would not.

Also are you saying you are a substance dualist?

No, I'm a sense monist (sense is by definition a relation of
like pattern and perception-like pattern recognition/detection).

Do you not believe in the conservation of momentum?

I try not to believe anything, but I do assume the validity of every
conventionally accepted law and principle of science. My view now
differs in that I have a different interpretation of the topology of
electromagnetism, the consequences of which cascade into re-
interpretations of cosmology, psychology, and philosophy.

If your view is only a different interpretation rather than a
different theory then is computationalism an equally valid

Equally valid for what purpose? Is a flat map of the world turned
'upside down' equally as valid as a globe? It might be if you are
traveling south and don't have room for a globe in your car. I think
my view is the more complete TOE for general understanding, however to
apply that understanding to My interpretation predicts
computationalism, but I'm not sure that computationalism can recognize
view at all.

Is the acceptance of your view vs. computationalism
only a matter of taste?

It's a matter of making more sense. If making more sense is a matter
of taste, then sure.

If your theory makes sense that sense has not been well communicated
to me.

I can only communicate the sense it makes to me. I'm willing to answer
any questions you have about it, but I don't think you're particularly
interested in it unless it contains some kind of obvious error that
will allow you confirm your prejudices against it.

PS - Someone mentioned "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" to
today. Are you familiar with agnosia?


Is that evidence that partial
zombies conditions with absent actually exist? If not, why not?

In this case the person is not able to identify objects correctly
so I
don't think it meets the normal definition of a zombie.

True. Although if they could identify objects correctly, then we would
never know about the condition.

Yeah that us why people don't believe in zombies.  There could be no
detectable difference.

Not detectable from the outside, but I don't see any reasons why
agnosia would only flow in the direction of subjective error. I hate
HADD (Hyperactive Agency Detection Device) for explaining spirituality
but it seems like a perfect fit for p-zombies. Not being able to
detect a difference from the outside should be exactly what we'd
expect of soft-minded primates who have evolved to expect a cheetah to
jump out from every corner and every inanimate object.


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