On 01 Dec 2011, at 13:22, benjayk wrote:
John Mikes wrote:
Don't let yourself drag into a narrower vision just to be able to
please. I say openly: I dunno (not Nobel-stuff I admit).
I agree wholheartedly!
That's why I don't like the reasoning. It is very narrow, and
pretends to be
a proof (or at least a valid reasoning) for something that can't be
concluded through reason.
But it can still be concluded through reason starting from an
It is very immodest to just disregard all
criticism of the argument (and to defend that with "you don't know
you're talking about"), and then claim to be modest by virtue of not
the assumption for granted.
Taken the validity of reasoning for granted is not much more modest
taking assumptions for granted,
Absolutely not. The validity of a reasoning can be peer reviewed. The
truth of an assumption cannot.
since really the reasoning itself depends on
many unstated assumption.
In this case, for example, only materialism or computational
can be true,
This statement if false, and has never been made in any of my post.
All what is *concluded* is that (weak) materialism is incompatible
with computationalism. That's quite different. In one case you say
that there is only two options, and in the second case you say that
two options (among perhaps an infinity of others) cannot be taken
together. It is a bit like a confusion between ((not A) OR (not B))
and (A OR B). This is non valid, even with the excluded third principle.
it is meaningful to say YES to something that is subjectively
not happening, etc...
If someone asks me "do you want to be NOT tortured", I will say "yes",
and I hope nothing will happen.
I don't *know* the reasoning is false, but I can see plainly that is
quite as objectively valid as Bruno wants to present it as.
It is up to you to tell us what is the step you consider non valid,
Up to now, I might have missed your point, but it seems to me that it
concerns only the possibility of comp, which is not a relevant point
concerning the reasoning.
Being able to say "I DUNNO!" is, in my opinion, one of the most
steps in really being able to experience reality and ourselves in an
unbiased and clear manner.
It helps to approach that, probably. And certainly for machine. I agree.
As long as we cling to knowledge, we are looking at our ideas of
ourselves, not at reality as it actually is.
That's indeed the key to understand the difference between belief and
knowledge, dream and reality, Bp and Bp & p, etc.
But nobody can talk in any third person way of what reality "actually
is", because the only reality we can undoubtably know *as such* is our
private and non rationally-communicable consciousness.
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