On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I object to the idea that consciousness will cause a brain or other
>> machine to behave in a way not predictable by purely physical laws.
>> Some people, like Craig Weinberg, seem to believe that this is
>> possible but it is contrary to all science. This applies even if the
>> whole universe is really just a simulation, because what we observe is
>> at the level of the simulation.
> That is not what I believe at all. I have corrected you and others on this
> many times but you won't hear it. Nothing unusual needs to happen in the
> brain for ordinary consciousness to take place, it's just that physics has
> nothing to say about whether billions of synapses will suddenly begin firing
> in complex synchronized patterns or not. Physics doesn't care. Can neurons
> fire when conditions are right? Yes. Can our thoughts and intentions
> directly control conditions in the brain? YES. Of course. Obviously.
> Otherwise we wouldn't care any more about the human brain than we would a
> wasps nest. It's not that physics needs to be amended, it is that experience
> is part of physics, and physics is part of experience.
If physics cannot predict even in theory when the neurons will fire
then *by definition* the neurons behave contrary to physics.
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups
"Everything List" group.
To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to
For more options, visit this group at