[ExI] Digital Consciousness

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sat May 4 11:55:26 UTC 2013

On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM, Gordon <gts_2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Back in about the 60s and 70s, the world became fascinated by the
> possibilities of digital computers. Philosophers of mind were not immune. A
> lot of them thought "Hey, maybe the brain is like a computer! Wouldn't that
> be cool? Let's build a philosophy of mind around this idea!" An entire new
> philosophy of mind was born. Extropian-minded people understandably liked
> the idea.
> It was just a fad, in my opinion. Brains are not like digital computers.
> Brains are biological organs, not fundamentally different from livers or
> kidneys.

You misunderstand the analogy. Of course brains are not digital computers.

Stathis Papaioannou

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