On 03 Dec 2013, at 22:56, meekerdb wrote:
On 12/3/2013 1:08 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 02 Dec 2013, at 21:52, LizR wrote:
On 3 December 2013 09:49, Quentin Anciaux <allco...@gmail.com>
2013/12/2 LizR <lizj...@gmail.com>
On 3 December 2013 09:40, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
On 12/2/2013 8:43 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
I'm sorry but we will have to agree we disagree on that. You're
also misleading atheistic position, and you're wrongly
attributing "belief" to atheist people (especially belgians)...
I'm belgian, I'm not a materialist, I consider myself atheist in
regards of religions, and that's what most atheist means when
they say they are atheist.
Call it "ultimate reality". It is OK, until you grasp enough of
comp to see that this rings a bit faulty.
There is no problem to call it "ultimate reality", as long as you
are open it might have "personal" aspects, and have no prejudice
on wht that "ultimate reality" can be (with this or that
Then you should have no prejudice toward accepting matter as the
possible "ultimate reality". It too might have personal aspect.
I believe Bruno's only "prejudice" about this is he thinks it
leads to a contradiction.
I was taking that as read. But yes, Bruno also thinks that if you
don't assume computationalism, you have to adopt a supernatural
stance towards consciousness, and I imagine he's prejudiced
If you don't assume computationalism you have to adopt a
supernatural stance towards "Matter". (That's the point), and on
I don't understand what definition of 'supernatural' you're using?
Are you simply saying that if X is taken as fundamental, and
therefore unexplained, then X is supernatural? So long as matter is
something we can manipulate I don't see how it can be considered
supernatural (c.f. Dr. Johnson).
I mean that "supernatural" use some magic, or some actual non Turing
emulability, not being recoverable by the FPI.
Supernatural = 1) non Turing emulable, 2) non FPI recoverable.
You need to work again the UDA step 8 to understand that any notion of
primitive matter need a supernatural power, in that sense, if that
matter can be related to any conscious experience.
Machines cannot distinguish an arithmetical reality from anything
reified as "more real" than numbers.
Generally I see the natural/supernatural distinction as admitting a
large grey area between black and white. Planets were once supposed
to be "supernatural" beings, i.e. they were immortal and lived above
the sphere of corruption in heaven. When they were found to obey
fairly simple, precise laws of motion, they became part of nature.
I expect the same will happen with human consciousness. It seems
mysterious and inexplicable by physics now - but it may not always
I don't see how, unless you extend the sense of physics up to accept
that the TOE is arithmetic, and physics is a branch of machine's
Primitive matter seems to me mysterious and inexplicable, but comp
explains why machines cannot avoid the beliefs in its appearance.
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