[ExI] [Exl] Digital Consciousness
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Fri May 3 05:16:08 UTC 2013
Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> Apart from the scientific problem, the philosophical problem with
> these theories is that they make consciousness substrate dependent, as
> Brent and Gordon have been arguing, and that leads to absurdity. It
> would mean that if the microtubules in your visual cortex could be
> replaced with functional equivalents you would be blind but you would
> not notice you were blind and you would behave as if you had normal
If you are saying here that consciousness cannot be substrate dependent then that leads to the absurdity of multiple realizability. As one philosopher observed, we could in principle train a massive group of pigeons to peck in a manner analogous to how the brain supposedly acts like a digital computer. We could say a peck = 1, and a non-peck = 0. Would that group of pigeons really be a mind?
Multiple-realizability is a sort of unspoken doctrine here on ExI with respect to matters of the mind, at least among many of us here. I have problems with it.
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