On Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:56:58 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
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>  On 9/27/2012 8:28 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote: 
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> On Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:05:20 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote: 
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>>  On 9/27/2012 7:40 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote: 
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>> The perfect actor might believe it or he might just be acting. Acting 
>>> is top-down replacement, not bottom-up replacement. Bottom-up 
>>> replacement would involve replacing a part of your brain so that you 
>>> didn't notice any difference and no-one else noticed any difference. 
>>>
>>
>> Acting is an augmentation, not a replacement. It's a skill set. It 
>> involves a capacity to embody social expectations so that one's audience 
>> doesn't notice any difference. It's the same exact result from the third 
>> person view. An actor is a zombie being operated by a person.
>>
>>
>> The idea is to replace parts so that there is no behavior difference 
>> *under any circumstance* - acting, as you've conceived it, is limited to a 
>> particular situation.
>>  
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> If you understand my thought experiment than you would realize that this 
> is the same thing. Just as a zombie arbitrarily asserts "no behavior 
> difference *under any circumstance*", my acting service does exactly the 
> same thing. It is a high technology simulation-prediction which augments 
> rather than replaces the existing nervous system. My concept of acting is 
> *specifically unlimited* and applies to all possible situations forever. 
> That's what makes it a thought experiment. 
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>
> Then I would say it's not distinct from 'being'.  It is no longer a 
> choice, "I'm going to act." motivated by some particular situation.
>

You would be wrong. Acting is like any other capacity or skill. You can 
always choose not to act, but in this example, if you choose to, then 
nobody can tell the difference. You can exhibit the behaviors of a zombie 
at your discretion. 

Craig


> Brent
>
>  You have to accept the premise of the thought experiment or else explain 
> why the premise is unworkable (as I have done repeatedly with the zombie 
> assumption).
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> Craig
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>   
>> Brent
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