On Sep 1, 11:03 am, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote: > On 31 Aug 2011, at 17:22, Craig Weinberg wrote:
> This is where we disagree. If the wetness or carbonic nature of the > brain plays a rôle in our consciousness, this would just mean that the > comp level of substitution is low, not that it does not exist. For > having no comp subst level, you need to make the brain into an > infinite machine *of some sort* (not all infinite machine will work > for the task). > > Bruno I think it's not the wetness or carbonic nature itself, those are only the physical correlates. What matters is the interiority; the experiences - animal stories are elaborations and collaborations of cellular stories which are elaborations-collaborations of very particular molecular stories. Silicon doesn't have access to those organic stories and characters (because what stories it does or does not have access to is the very thing that makes it silicon), but it can maybe be inspired to discover it's own version of pseudomolecular and pseudocellular experience. I would assume however, that those experiences would even more alien than an alien life form, and would instead be an order or sense alien to life itself. Maybe it will be better? Maybe we are the organic Gods of a yet unborn inorganic paradise. I've always liked the idea of coming full circle from the origins of life in crystallized minerals who use organic matter to differentiate themselves and increase sensorimotive degrees of freedom, to a twilight of organic life using crystalline mathematics to manifest a kind of freedom from differentiation. Craig -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. 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.