On 6/25/2012 12:01 PM, John Clark wrote:
> or to two identical (similar at the subst. level) machine put in different
If they were in different environments then the machines would not be identical or even
functionally identical and their associated minds would be different because they would
have different memories.
They would become different as they interacted with the different environments. But the
environments might be so nearly identical that the difference is not perceptible. Would
there then be two minds, or only one? Or is it a moot question because brains (and
computers and environments) have a lot of random variation below the level of perception
and so the minds/brains would diverge unless the whole system, brain+environment, were
cloned and isolated at the quantum level (which we can't do). This why I suspect that
Bruno's idea requires that physics and consciousness are inseparable, even if they can be
derived from number and computation theory.
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