[ExI] [Exl] Digital Consciousness

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun May 5 03:21:02 UTC 2013

On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM, Gordon <gts_2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
> ### Let me ask you this:
>> Blind persons with cortical vision implants claim to see things..
> <snip>
>> 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
>> cortex?
> 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.

But if the implants are in the supposed NCC and the subject behaves
just the same, what would that tell you?

Stathis Papaioannou

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