On 16 October 2013 14:05, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:51:17 PM UTC-4, Liz R wrote: > >> On 16 October 2013 13:48, Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >>> >>> No, that's begging the question. A human body may be a machine, but that >>> does not mean that a human experience can be created from the outside in. >>> That's what all of these points are about - a machine does not build itself >>> from a single reproducing cell. A machine does not care what it is doing, >>> it doesn't get bored or tired. A machine is great at doing things that >>> people are terrible at doing and vice versa. There is much more evidence to >>> suggest that human experience is the polar opposite of mechanism than that >>> it could be defined by mechanism. >>> >>> So what is a human being, if not a (very complicated, >> molecular-component-**containing) machine? (Or is "machine" being >> defined in a specialised sense here?) >> > > A human being is the collective self experience received during the > phenomenon known as a human lifetime. The body is only one aspect of that > experience - a reflection defined as a familiar body in the context of its > own perception. > That's cool, but if the body is a (complicated, etc) machine, then either those experiences are part of the machine, or they're something else. If they're part of the machine then you're wrong in some of the above-quoted statements (and you contradicted yourself by saying that a machine doesn't grow from a cell, by the way) If it's something else, then - depending on the nature of that something else - it's possible that other things have it, and we don't recognise the fact. It would be important to know what that something else is before one can construct an argument. (For example, I believe Bruno thinks the "something else" is an infinite sheaf of computations.) -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.