On Thursday, September 6, 2012 7:37:38 PM UTC-4, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> On 9/5/2012 11:50 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
> On Wednesday, September 5, 2012 6:38:07 AM UTC-4, rclough wrote:
>> Hi Stephen P. King
>> No, the stuff in our skulls is alive, has intelligence, and a 1p.
>> Computers don't and can't. Big sdifference.
>> Hi Roger,
>> 锟斤拷� Please leave magic out of this, as "any sufficiently advanced
>> technology is indistinguishable from
>> The trouble is that the stuff in our skulls does not appear to be that much
>> different from a bunch of diodes and transistors.
>> 锟斤拷� Our brains obey the very same physical laws! What makes the brain
>> special? 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. 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
> I think you are both right. Computers qua computers don't feel anything
> because they aren't anything. The physical material that you are using to
> execute computations on does however have experiences - just not
> experiences that we associated with our own. There is a concrete experience
> associated with the production of these pixels on your screen - many
> experiences on many levels, of molecules that make up the wires etc., but
> those experiences don't seem to lead to anything we would consider
> significant. It's pretty straightforward to me. A stuffed animal that looks
> like a bear is not a bear. A picture of a person is not a person, even if
> it is a fancy interactive picture.
> Hi Craig,
> I think that the difference that makes a difference here is the
> identity that emerges between matching of the experience *of* object and
> experience *by* object. Ranulph Glanville has, with others in the
> Cybernetics community, written masterfully on this in his "Same is
> Different" paper.
How does the of/by distinction compare with map-territory and use-mention
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