[ExI] Zombie glutamate
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 14 16:40:04 UTC 2015
Here is my question: even if you could identify the exact electrical and
chemical goings-on in the brain when a person experiences some sensation,
what exactly will you know? How will it help you know something else? We
know, for ex., that the amygdala is involved in emotions, particularly
anger. How does that help us understand anger and how to deal with it? I
am not saying that it is a waste of time, I just want to know what you
intend to do with the answers?
On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 9:57 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com>
> On Sunday, February 15, 2015, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > 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.
> Stathis Papaioannou
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