On Oct 5, 10:15 am, Quentin Anciaux <allco...@gmail.com> wrote:

> No they are not saying that. They are saying that a model of the brain fed
> with the same inputs as a real brain will act as the real brain... if it was
> not the case, the model would be wrong so you could not label it as a model
> of the brain.

That would require that the model of the brain be closer than
genetically identical, since identical twins and conjoined twins do
not always respond the same way to the same inputs. That may not be
possible, since the epigenetic variation and developmental influences
may not be knowable or reproducible. It's a 'Boys From Brazil' theory.
Cool sci-fi, but I don't think we will ever have to worry about
considering it as a real possibility. We know nothing about what the
substitution level of the 'same inputs' would be either. Can you say
that making a brain of a 10 year old would not require 10 years of
sequential neural imprinting or that the imprinting would be any less
complex to develop than it would be to create than the world itself?

> They never said they could know which inputs you could have and they don't
> have to. They just have to know the transition rule (biochemichal/physical)
> of each neurons and as the brain respect physics so as the model, and so it
> will react the same way.

Reacting is not experiencing though. A picture of a brain can react
like a brain, but it doesn't mean there is an experiential correlate
there. Just because the picture is 3D and has some computation behind
it instead of just a recording, why would that make it suddenly have
an experience?

> You do the same mistake with your tv pixel analogy. If I know all the
> transition rule of *a pixel* according to input... I can build a model of a
> TV that will *exactly* display the same thing as the real TV for the same
> inputs without knowing anything about movies/show/whatever... I don't care
> about movies at that level. They never said that they would explain/predict
> the input to the tv, just replicate the tv.

You have to care about the movies at that level because that's what
consciousness is in the metaphor. If you don't have an experience of
watching a movie, then you just have an a-signifying non-pattern of
unrelated pixels. You need a perceiver, and audience to turn the image
into something that makes sense. It's like saying that you could write
a piece of software that could be used as a replacement for a monitor.
It doesn't matter if you have a video card in the computer and drivers
to run it, without the actual hardware screen plugged into it there is
no way for us to see it. A computer does not come with it's own screen
built into the interior of it's microprocessors - but we do have the
equivalent of that. Our experience cannot be seen from our neurology,
you have to already know it's there. Building a model based only on
neurology doesn't mean that experience comes with it any more than a
video driver means you don't need a monitor.


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