On 12/22/2012 11:36 AM, Jason Resch wrote:
As to how computation might lead to consciousness, I think it helps to start with a well-defined definition of consciousness. Take dictionary.com <http://dictionary.com>'s definition:
"awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc."
Well what is awareness? dictionary.com <http://dictionary.com> defines it as:
"having knowledge"
dictionary.com <http://dictionary.com>'s simplest non-circular definition of knowledge is simply "information".

As discussed earlier, you can have information in the Shannon sense, but that is just measure over different possible messages. For it to be information *about* something, to be knowledge, it has to be grounded in the ability to act. This means that an aware system in the GoL must be able to interact with it's environment based on its knowledge.


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