[ExI] [Exl] Digital Consciousness
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Sun May 5 00:53:06 UTC 2013
Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
### Let me ask you this:
> Blind persons with cortical vision implants claim to see things..
> Would you perhaps claim that the seat of qualia is the cortex, not the
> primitive subcortical nuclei substituted by digital signal processing?
That seems reasonable to me. Some neuroscientists are working on identifying the neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) and I believe they involve a large swath of neurons in the cortex.
> But, what if in a few years some researchers produce implants capable
> of correcting cortical blindness, caused by damage to the occipital
Digital implants can certainly stimulate the experience of qualia in the NCC, but so too can electrical shocks or any other external stimulus. I do not believe such implants can themselves have or embody conscious experience of qualia.
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