[ExI] Zombie glutamate
stathisp at gmail.com
Sat Feb 14 15:57:23 UTC 2015
On Sunday, February 15, 2015, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com
> > Brent believes that consciousness is not due to the system structure but
>> rather to the substrate.
> If computers with the same logical structure but with different substrates
> (say vacuums tubes, Germanium transistors and Silicon transistors) all
> came up with different answers when you multiplied 27 by 54 I'd have a lot
> more confidence that this theory is correct, but they don't, they all come
> up with 1458. Actually calling this a theory is giving it too much credit
> as there is no experiment that can be performed to prove it wrong, or even
> a experiment that would allow you to learn a little more about it.
There are experiments that can be performed - try a physically different,
but chemically identical substrate using alternative isotopes. It would
work just the same, proving that working just the same is what is
important, and not what the parts are made of.
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