On 5/1/2013 7:35 AM, John Clark wrote:

    > One possibility, of course, is that consciousness is the fundamental 
stuff.


Yes, I think that is by far the most likely possibility! But if that is indeed true then its meaningless to ask, as so many on this list do, what consciousness is made of because "fundamental stuff" is the point where your chain of "what is that made of?" questions come to a end. That's what fundamental means. So if its really fundamental then after saying that consciousness is the way data feels like when it is being processed there is nothing more to say.

But that's not quite saying it's fundamental. That's saying that it's dependent on data processing. Which raises questions about what kind of data processing entails what kinds of consciousness? Are there degrees of consciousness that are measured by some attributes of the data processing?

Brent

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