On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:25:31 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
> So the neurons of a rat's brain can constitute a mind, but computer chips 
> with the same functionality can't?
> Brent

It's begging the question to say the computer chips have 'the same 
functionality' as a rat's brain and then presume to claim that demonstrates 
functional equivalence.

The whole question is what is meant by functionality. Do the computer chips 
metabolize oxygen? Do they produce antibodies to rat viruses? Again I point 
to my cymatics example. I can generate cymatic patterns on a monitor screen 
using computer chips without there being any sound associated with their 
production at all. There is no reason whatsoever to assume that any 
computer chip could ever have 'the same function' as a living cell. 
Function is a transactional relation, it is necessary but not sufficient to 
assure awareness.


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