On 3/8/2013 4:33 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Friday, March 8, 2013 1:35:12 PM UTC-5, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 07 Mar 2013, at 17:37, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Thursday, March 7, 2013 8:19:06 AM UTC-5, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 06 Mar 2013, at 18:49, Craig Weinberg wrote:
I understand where you are coming from in MGA now, Bruno,
and again there is nothing wrong with your reasoning, but in
that your initial assumptions are not the universe that we
(the assumption of the whole reasoning is just comp. Then in
MGA i make some local assumption to make a point, but they
are discharged before getting the conclusion).
Right. It's the comp where the assumptions are which don't match
"our universe"? That's more an object of enquiry than a something
I would take for granted.
I don't find the notion of a shared universe especially controversial.
What leads you to draw away from it?
I don't have any particular problem with what you add to it - you
make perfect sense if comp were true... but comp can't be true,
so it doesn't matter.
You say often that comp can't be true, but when will you say no to
a doctor proposing very little protheses in the brain, and then
I would feel the same about replacing body parts. The more that's
being replaced, the more I want to say no.
You might enjoy the anime series and manga Ghost in a Shell
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell>. It explores this
Also, nothing in the brain seems to be not Turing emulable.
Nothing that is examined with Turing emulable instruments can seem
other than Turing emulable. Once we engage in the world as a body, and
uses instruments which extend our body's sense organs, then we have
amplified our instrumental view of the world as
public-objects-divided-by-space. What is gained is gained at the
expense of our natural orientation as
private-experiences-united-through-time, which atrophies under our own
reflected gaze as outsiders. Indeed, once you map the self as a brain,
then the map fits into any other map, but you can't get that map back
into a self without losing the Turing emulable knowledge and control.
They are mutually exclusive, just as private and public are mutually
Comp is without doubt a strong hypothesis, with counter-intuitive
The consequences don't bother me, Comp just happens to be incorrect
because it mistakes forms and functions for that which experiences and
participates through forms and functions.
but non-comp is a vague label for theories which are never
presented. As I try to explain, many things you say make sense
from a computationalist perspective, so it is weird you believe so
much that comp can't be true.
Non-comp is a weird label...sounds like it must have been coined by
Comp fanciers. Something like 'Natural' sounds better to me. Before we
imagined that we could stitch a living mind on a very large
pillowcase, we imagined that we were natural persons, irreducible to
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