On 9/4/2012 8:39 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Tuesday, September 4, 2012 4:06:06 PM UTC-4, Jason wrote:
The point that I am making is that our brain seems to be
continuously generating a virtual reality model of the world
that includes our body and what we are conscious of is that model.
I like this description of a brain: that of a dreaming / reality
What is it the brain creating this dream/reality out of? Non-reality?
Intangible mathematical essences? The problem with representational
qualia is that in order to represent something, there has to be
something there to begin with to represent. Why would the brain need
to represent the data that it already has to itself in some fictional
layer of abstraction? Why convert the quantitative data of the
universe into made up qualities and then hide that conversion process
Does a "machine" made up of gears, springs and levers do this?
Could one made of diodes and transistors do it? Maybe...
No one has shown me a cogent argument that they could not.
They question isn't why they could, it is why they would. What
possible function would be served by a cuckoo clock having an
experience of being a flying turnip?
The absence of Proof is not Proof of absence + If it is not
impossible, it is is compulsory = Best assume that it can and does happen.
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