[ExI] [Exl] Digital Consciousness
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Fri May 3 07:58:24 UTC 2013
Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> The matter in the brain follows rigid, mechanistic rules.
So many believe. This question is more about the arguments for and against free will.
> The same rules that the matter in computers follows. You claim that mind comes
> out of the matter in the brain, but it is impossible for mind to come
> out of the matter in a computer. How can you be so sure about this?
I've mentioned at least a couple of my reasons:
1) Semantics is not intrinsic to syntax. There is no conceivable way that a digital computer running software could know the meanings of the symbols it manipulates.
2) Even if 1) is false; that is, even if the human brain/mind could be modeled as a digital computer that manipulates symbols in such a way it has conscious experience (semantics), there is no real syntax in the brain. We assign it to the physics. We're only imagining it.
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