[ExI] Wrestling with Embodiment

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Fri Jan 27 23:18:30 UTC 2012

On 27/01/2012 13:38, Ben Zaiboc wrote:
> I don't understand this. Life is computation. Thought is computation.

How do you *know* this?

Suppose I said life and thought was electricity. I would point at cells 
and neurons having ion channels and electrical potentials essential for 
their function. But I think you would not be convinced that that was a 
proper definition of life.

Generally, I think ontological questions tend to be a waste of time. It 
is better to try to see if one can replicate various aspects and levels 
of systems, learning more about them in the process.

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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