On 30/08/2011, at 4:07 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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. But you are saying that the cell will do something impossible, since you're saying the high level processes may direct it to do something that cannot be predicted from the physical configuration. Otherwise there would be no problem in principle making an artificial cell that takes the place of the biological cell and leaves the overall behaviour of the animal unchanged. >> 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. What you call the mind influencing the brain is consistent with the mechanistic interaction of particles. There is a certain physical chain of events and you say, "yep, that was my mind influencing my brain to have a cup of coffee". Just as in a computer there is a certain chain of events and you say "yep, that was the computer calculating the digits of pi". --Stathis Papaioannou -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.