Hmm... Unfortunately there are several terms there I don't understand. Digital brain. What's a brain? I ask because I'm betting it doesn't mean a pile of gray and white matter. Then you mention artificial brain. That's different from digital? Is digital more nonphysical than artificial?
On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 7:31 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote: > > On 04 Oct 2011, at 05:33, Brian Tenneson wrote: > >> From page 17 >> "It is my contention that the only way out of this dilemma is to deny the >> initial assumption that a classical computer running a particular program >> can >> generate conscious awareness in the first place." >> >> What about the possibility of allowing for a "large number" of conscious >> moments that would, in a limit of some sort, approximate continuous, >> conscious awareness? In my mind, I liken the comparison to that of a >> radioactive substance and half-life decay formulas. In truth, there are >> finitely many atoms decaying but the half-life decay formulas never >> acknowledge that at some point the predicted mass of what's left measures >> less than one atom. So I'm talking about a massive number of calculated >> conscious moments so that for all intents and purposes, continuous conscious >> awareness is the observed result. >> >> Earlier on page 17... >> "its program must >> only generate a finite sequence of conscious moments." > > I think I agree with you. I think that such a view is the only compatible > with Digital Mechanism, but also with QM (without collapse). > > Consciousness is never generated by the "running of a particular computer". > If we can survive with a digital brain, this is related to the fact that we > already "belong" to an infinity of computations, and the artificial brain > just preserve that infinity, in a way such that I can survive in my usual > normal (Gaussian) neighborhoods. > > Bruno > > > > > http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/ > > > > -- > 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. > > -- 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.