Hi Jason Resch Sorry. What needs explanation ? Or is that even the right question ?
Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 9/5/2012 Leibniz would say, "If there's no God, we'd have to invent him so that everything could function." ----- Receiving the following content ----- From: Jason Resch Receiver: everything-list Time: 2012-09-04, 16:06:02 Subject: Re: Why a bacterium has more intelligence than a computer On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net> wrote: On 9/4/2012 1:19 PM, Jason Resch wrote: On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net> wrote: On 9/4/2012 11:17 AM, Roger Clough wrote: Hi Jason Resch ? IMHO Not to disparage the superb work that computers can do, but? think that it is a mistake to anthropo-morphise the computer. It has no intelligence, no life, no awareness, there's nothing magic about it. It's just a complex bunch of diodes and transistors. ? ? Hi Roger, ?? Please leave magic out of this, as "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". The trouble is that the stuff in our skulls does not appear to be that much different from a bunch of diodes and transistors. ?? Our brains obey the very same physical laws! What makes the brain special? I agree with what you say above. ? I suspect that the brain uses quantum entanglement effects to both synchronize and update sense content in ways that cannot obtain from purely classical physical methods. What leads you to suspect this? ?? The weird delay effect that Libet et al observed as discussed here. If I understand your point correctly, the phenomenon that needs explanation is the apparent simultaneity of various sensations which tests have indicated take varying amounts of time to process.? Is this right? If so, I don't see how instantaneous communication can solve this problem.? If it takes 100 ms to process auditory sensations, and 200 ms to process visual sensations, then even with some form of instant communication, or synchronization, one element still has to wait for the processing to complete. There are lots of things our brain conveniently covers up.? We have a fairly large blind spot near the middle of our vision, but our brain masks that.? Our blinks periodically pull a dark shroud over our world, but they go unnoticed.? Our eyes and orientation of our heads are constantly changed, but it doesn't feel to us like the world is spinning when we turn our heads.? Our eyes can only focus on a small (perhaps 3 degree) area, but it doesn't feel as though we are peering through a straw.? So I do not find it very surprising that the brain might apply yet another trick on us, making us think different sense data was finished processing at the same time when it was not. Quantum entanglement allows for a variable "window of duration" via the EPR effect. If we look at a QM system, there is no delay in changes of the state of the system. All of the "parts" of it operate simultaneously, not matter how far apart them might be when we think of them as distributed in space time. This is the "spooky action at a distance" that has upset the classical scientists for so long. It has even been shown that one can derive the appearance of classical type signaling from the quantum pseudo-telepathy effect. I don't quite follow how EPR helps in this case.? EPR doesn't communicate any information, and there is no need for FTL spooky action at a distance unless one assumes there can only be a single outcome for a measurement (CI).? Even if FTL is involved in creating an illusion of simultaneity, couldn't light speed be fast enough, or even 200 feet per second of nerve impulses? If one runs an emulation of a mind, it doesn't matter if it takes 500 years to finish the computation, or 500 nanoseconds.? The perceived first person experience of the mind will not differ.? So the difference between delays in processing time and resulting perceptions may be a red herring in the search for theories of the brain's operation. ? ? Our mechanical machines lack the ability to report on their 1p content thus we are using their disability to argue against their possible abilities. A computer that could both generate an internal self-model and report on it would lead us to very different conclusions! I agree. Jason -- ?? 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 creating machine. ? 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. 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