[ExI] digital simulations, descriptions and copies
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 19 12:57:33 UTC 2010
--- On Mon, 1/18/10, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> But a digital simulation of a clock will still tell the
> time. You have to show that consciousness is more like an
> apple than like the telling of time.
The computationalist theory of mind, in which the brain is seen as a digital computer running software, does not explain how people can understand their own words. It seems then that those who advance the theory literally don't know what they're talking about.
I don't pretend to fully understand the human brain/mind, but for now I have no choice but to accept the default position that it exists as a non-digital object in nature, as just one very smart apple.
More on topic: At some level of description almost anything can be seen as digital. The high priests of computationalism noticed this mundane fact and made a religion out of it. They conflate the digital descriptions of things with the non-digital things they describe.
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