On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:

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> On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:46:52 PM UTC-4, Jason wrote:
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>> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM, Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com>wrote:
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>>> On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:58:33 PM UTC-4, Jason wrote:
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>>>> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM, Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com>wrote:
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>>>>> "If you think about your own vision, you can see millions of pixels
>>>>>> constantly, you are aware of the full picture, but a computer can't do
>>>>>> that, the cpu can only know about 32 or 64 pixels, eventually multiplied 
>>>>>> by
>>>>>> number of kernels, but it see them as single bit's so in reality the 
>>>>>> can't
>>>>>> be conscious of a full picture, not even of the full color at a single
>>>>>> pixel.
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>>>> He is making the same mistake Searle did regarding the Chinese room.
>>>> He is conflating what the CPU can see at one time (analogous to rule
>>>> follower in Chinese room) with what the program can know.  Consider the
>>>> program of a neural network: it can be processed by a sequentially
>>>> operating CPU processing one connection at a time, but the simulated
>>>> network itself can see any arbitrary number of inputs at once.
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>>>> How do he propose OCR software can recognize letters if it can only see
>>>> a single pixel at a time?
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>>> Who says OCR software can recognize letters?
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>> The people who buy such software and don't return it.
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>>> All that it needs to do is execute some algorithm sequentially and
>>> blindly against a table of expected values.
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>> It's a little more sophisticated than that.  There are CAPTCHA defeating
>> OCR programs that recognize letters distorted in ways they have never
>> previously seen before:
>> http://www.slideshare.net/**rachelshadoan/machine-**
>> learning-methods-for-captcha-**recognition<http://www.slideshare.net/rachelshadoan/machine-learning-methods-for-captcha-recognition>
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>> You need more than a simple look up table for that capability.
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> I don't deny that, but you still only need a more sophisticated algorithm,
> you don't need to 'see' anything or understand characters.
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To recognize a character (in most algorithms that do so) must consider
multiple the values of pixels at once, which was the whole point of me
bringing up this example.


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>>> There need not be any recognition of the character as a character at at
>>> all, let alone any "seeing". A program could convert a Word document into
>>> an input file for an OCR program without there ever being any optical
>>> activity - no camera, no screen caps, no monitor or printer at all.
>>> Completely in the dark, the bits of the Word file could be converted into
>>> the bits of an emulated optical scan, and presto, invisible optics.
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>> Sounds like what goes on when someone dreams in the dark.
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> If that were the case then we would not need a video screen, we could
> simply look at the part of the computer where the chip is showing videos to
> itself and put a big magnifying glass on it.
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You could plug the electronics of the computer up to your optic nerve in a
way that let you see the screen without any photons having to enter your
eyes at all.



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>>> Searle wasn't wrong. The whole point of the Chinese Room is to point out
>>> that computation is a disconnected, anesthetic function which is
>>> accomplished with no need for understanding of larger contexts.
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>> It doesn't point out anything, it is an intuition pump (
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Intuition_pump<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intuition_pump>)
>>  that succeeds in swaying people to an apparently obvious conclusion (if
>> they don't think too deeply about it).
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> Intuition pumps are exactly what are needed to understand consciousness.
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They can be used and misused.


> The conclusion is obvious because the alternative is absurd, and the
> absurdity stems from trying to project public physics into the realm of
> private physics. It is a category error and the Chinese Room demonstrates
> that.
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What makes you so sure that intuition is not the only way to find
> consciousness?
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Our intuitions were evolved to suit our survival and propagation, why
should we expect them to be better at locating consciousness than reasoned
thought?

Jason

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