On 08 Feb 2013, at 17:23, John Clark wrote:

... consciousness is a byproduct of intelligence.

Consciousness might be the unconscious, i.e. instinctive and automated, belief or bet in a reality, or self-consistency (for machine expressing their beliefs in first order languages), so that new programs can doubt old programs. Its selective advantage is the self-speeding up provided by such bets. That's is useful for self- moving entities, which have to anticipate quickly how their neighborhood evolves relatively to them.

This makes all Löbian systems conscious and self-conscious. But it is not the system which is conscious, but the abstract person incarnated and multiplied in all computations going through the systems' states (which exist in arithmetic by Church's thesis).

Consciousness accelerates the growing of intelligence, which is needed to develop different competence, and to make competence growing. But consciousness and emotion can make competence having negative feedback on intelligence.

Consciousness is the ultimate first person decider in the matter of first person good and bad. Trivially, to be burned would not been first person felt as bad if it was not conscious.

Consciousness can perhaps be characterized by the semantical fixed point of an attempt of universal doubting procedure. It is what would remain in case you doubt of (almost) everything. (Slezak defended a similar idea, which is already in the talk of the sound self- referential machine).

Bruno



http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/



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