[ExI] Understanding is useless
pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jan 30 00:11:25 UTC 2010
On 1/29/10, Jeff Davis wrote:
> I limited my participation in the Syntax macht nicht Semantics, and
> follow on discussions, when it became a Mexican standoff. Gordon
> would not be dissuaded from his position without empirical evidence to
> counter his view, and the required evidence -- a materialist,
> non-magical neurological explanation for consciousness, intelligence,
> intentionality, mind, etc --does not yet exist.
Yes, it is Gordon saying "Tis!" and everyone else saying "Tisn't!"
> So, sorry Gordon, but it's all -- we're all -- just stardust in the
> petri dish. No special juju. Unique ***configurations*** of stardust
> which exploit unique details of physics and chemistry. But no juju.
> Rust, tumbleweeds, consciuosness, cow patties,... it's all the same.
> When the particular details are adequately understood, and applied,
> then your toaster will probably have something to say about civil
> rights. I find it liberating, but ymmv.
I agree, but it makes me angry when the life force switches off. All
that experience, knowledge, friendship,....... just gone.
There should be a law against it.
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