On 9/5/2012 10:44 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Thursday, September 6, 2012 1:32:21 AM UTC-4, stathisp wrote:
On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM, Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com
> I find that the least plausible explanation. It means that if a billion
> people talk to each other and give each other information, that some kind
> consciousness must necessarily arise as a side-effect. You could say that
> might arise, but the idea that such a side effect is somehow necessary as
> accomplish certain kinds of information processing is laughably romantic
> my mind. If I recruit people to recruit people to all do math together,
> a magical genie will appear. Necessarily. Because of behavior
> Mm. Yeah. No ghost in the machine, but machine that runs on ghost
No, it doesn't mean that at all. If the billion people interact so as
to mimic the behaviour of the neurons in a brain, resulting in the
ability to (for example) converse in natural language, then the idea
is that the billion-person brain would have consciousness. This
consciousness would have nothing to do with the consciousness of the
billion people producing it; I don't know what my neurons are doing
and my neurons individually certainly don't know what I am doing.
You are confirming what I have said. You are saying that a billion people doing the
appropriate computations on paper with pencils and erasers and telephones to talk to
each other would create a magical personality that nobody would know about but
nonetheless would be born into the universe as a thinking, feeling, eating, crapping being.
That's where the hypothetical breaks down. The BPB would not have a body to control or a
world to interact with. Could it have dream? Maybe - but it would need a simulated world
to interact with in order to have human-like consciousness.
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