On Sunday, September 30, 2012 6:19:15 AM UTC-4, stathisp wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM, Craig Weinberg 
> <whats...@gmail.com<javascript:>> 
> wrote: 
> >> OK, so you put in the brain implant, switch it in and out of circuit 
> >> without telling the subject which is which, and ask them how they 
> >> feel. They can't tell any difference and you can't tell any difference 
> >> in behaviour. To make the experiment better there would be two 
> >> researchers, one doing the switching and another analysing the 
> >> subject's behaviour. With this double blind procedure the implant is 
> >> pronounced successful. Is that good enough? 
> > 
> > 
> > No, I think that you have to have each hemisphere of the brain offloaded 
> > completely to the device one at a time, then both, and then back, and 
> have 
> > the subject live that way at each stage for several months before 
> finally 
> > being restored back to their original brain. This would be repeated 
> several 
> > times with double blind placebo offloadings. The subject would then 
> decide 
> > for themselves if it was safe for them to say yes to the doctor. 
> One would hope the scientists try it with a more limited part of the 
> brain before moving to an entire hemisphere. 
> > I entertain this only theoretically though, as I think in reality it 
> would 
> > fail completely, with every case resulting right away in 
> unconsciousness, 
> > amnesia, coma, death, trauma, and psychosis and the whole project 
> ultimately 
> > being abandoned for good. 
> I don't doubt that initial experiments would not yield ideal results. 
> Neural prostheses would initially be used for people with 
> disabilities. Cochlear implants are better than being deaf, but not as 
> good as normal hearing. But technology keeps getting better while the 
> human body stays more or less static, so at some point technology will 
> match and then exceed it. At the very least, there is no theoretical 
> reason why it should not. 
I'm all for neural mods and implants. Augmenting and repairing brain = 
great, replacing the brain = theoretically viable only in theories rooted 
in blind physicalism, in which consciousness is inconceivable to begin with.


> -- 
> Stathis Papaioannou 

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