On 17 January 2014 01:17, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jan 16, 2014, at 2:11 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 16 January 2014 16:26, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The computational metaphor in the sense of the brain works like the Intel
>>> CPU inside the box on your desk is clearly misleading, but the sense that
>>> a
>>> computer can in theory do everything your brain can do is almost
>>> certainly
>>> correct. It is not that the brain is like a computer, but rather, that a
>>> computer can be like almost anything, including your brain or body, or
>>> entire planet and all the people on it.
>>> Jason
>> I think neuroscientists have, over decades, used the computational
>> metaphor in too literal a way. It is obviously not true that the brain
>> is a digital computer, just as it is not true that the weather is a
>> digital computer. But a digital computer can simulate the behaviour of
>> any physical process in the universe (if physics is computable),
>> including the behaviour of weather or the human brain. That means
>> that, at least, it would be possible to make a philosophical zombie
>> using a computer.
> How does this follow? Personally I don't find the notion that philosophical
> zombies make logical sense at all.

I meant that if the physics of the brain is computable it follows as a
straighforward deduction that it would *at least* be possible to make
a philosophical zombie. It is then a further argument to show that it
would not be a zombie but a conscious being.

Stathis Papaioannou

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 everything-list@googlegroups.com.
Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list.
For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.

Reply via email to