[ExI] Mental Phenomena

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at gmail.com
Sun Jan 19 22:20:08 UTC 2020

OK very good points. So, let me see if I can address these good points in
the way I’m saying things.

If you do a neuro substitution from redness physics to greenness physics,
(and visa versa) that would be possible if, in one step, you replaced all
the glutamate being presented to the binding neuron (including any possible
memory of glutamates colorness property) with glycine and your memory of
glycine's colorness property, that would be possible as i've pointed out
many times.

But, still you must include this binding neuron (or something that performs
this required functionality) in your thought experiment, otherwise
composite computationally bound elemental physical qualities like redness
and greenness aren’t possible.  And also, this same binding mechanism must
be able to connect a pre inverted system, with a post inverted system, so
that you can see that redness and grenness are inverted.

Now, if you are doing a neuro substitution from redness to a binary one or
word like red (which is intentionally abstracted away from any physical
properties via additional hardware enabling substrate independence. It
wouldn’t be possible to include anything like knowledge that has a physical
redness quality functionality, without such extremely absurd hard
programmed functionality like:  “If someone asks you what it means to say:
“My redness is like your greenness, both of which we say is red” you say  I
understand that, and it is all true.  Even though such is lie, since
abstract ones and zeros, by definition, are abstracted away from such
physical properties.

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 2:32 PM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 20 Jan 2020 at 02:59, Brent Allsop via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 6:39 PM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
>> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> On Sun, 19 Jan 2020 at 11:57, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
>>> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>>>  whatever consciousness is, it would be reproduced if the function (the
>>>> observable behaviour) of anything that has it is reproduced.   stathis
>>>> I keep reading this and keep thinking that I understand it, and then I
>>>> think I don't.  Are you saying that if we can get something to act like a
>>>> human brain it will therefore have all the functions thereof?
>>> Neurons have observable behaviour: for example, when stimulated by other
>>> neurons they may “fire”, propagating an action potential along their axon,
>>> and in turn stimulate neurons to which they connect. Billions of neurons in
>>> your visual cortex interact in this way and as a result you can identify
>>> objects in front of your eyes. These neurons, via a relay of multiple
>>> intermediate neurons, connect to the motor neurons controlling speech and
>>> you say “I see a strawberry”. If the neurons in your visual cortex were
>>> destroyed their output would not get through to your vocal cords and you
>>> would not say “I see a strawberry”, because you would be blind. But if the
>>> neurons were replaced by an artificial device that produced the same output
>>> given the same input, your vocal cords would receive the same input as
>>> before and you would say “I see a strawberry”.
>> This is all qualia blind.  There is only red things in all this.  You
>> must also include the physically different redness that we experience as
>> knowledge of red things.  Also, everything you are saying here are
>> objective descriptions of behavior in the brain.  There are two ways for us
>> to be aware of the same physical facts.  One is by objective observation,
>> which is qualia blind.  The second way is subjective.  The only way to know
>> the physical quality, all this stuff Stathis is saying is describing, is to
>> experience those physical facts being described, directly.
>>> The above is a purely behavioural account.
>> As is everything stathis is describing, It's all only behavior
>> descriptions of physical qualities, i.e it is qualia blind.
>>> As external observers, we can’t be sure if you have visual experiences
>>> or not.
>> We can objectively know if people are having visual experiences or not,
>> via both the week and strongest forms of effing the ineffable.  In order to
>> do the week form, you just need a dictionary that tells you what phenomenal
>> color descriptions of stuff in the brain are describing.  If you
>> objectively see a word like 'red' representing red knowledge, you know that
>> isn't physically red.  If you see a person representing green things with
>> knowledge composed of glycine, you know that person is red / green inverted
>> from you.  With a neural ponytail (does what the corpus callosum does),
>> where you can directly experience the physical colorness properties in
>> another's consciousness, you will be aware of all your physical knowledge,
>> and the same time you are aware of your partners physical knowledge.  You
>> will know, absolutely, that your partners is red / green inverted from
>> yourself.
>>> However, we can be sure that if you had them before the neural
>>> replacement, you have them afterwards as well.The alternative is that you
>>> become blind but don’t notice, and still say “I see a strawberry”. This is
>>> absurd: what meaning could the word “blind” have if you cannot notice that
>>> you are blind and behave as if you have normal vision?
>> Again, this is qualia blind.  Consciousness is computationally bound
>> elemental physical qualities like redness and grenness.  In order to not be
>> qualia blind, you need to include the physical redness functionality (must
>> be objectively different than grenness functionality), and a
>> computationally binding mechanism that enables you to be aware of both of
>> them at the same time.  The neural substitution mind experiment you propose
>> can lead people astray in many ways.  For example, if you have a single
>> binding neuron, that is performing the binding functionally, so you can be
>> aware of thousands of pixels neurons, each potentially firing with either
>> glutamate and glycine (or whatever it is that has the redness and grenness
>> physical qualities)  When you do the neural substitution of the binging
>> neuron in that case, it is just a slight of hand when you are switching
>> between glutamate(redness)/glycine(grenness) the 1s(red)/0s(green).   With
>> that one neuron switching, you are removing any computationally bound
>> information that was actual computationally bound awareness of redness, and
>> replacing all of it with 1.
>> Also, a required functionality is the ability to computationally bind,
>> via a neural ponytail the two systems both before and after the neural
>> substitution.  With this required functionality, you must be able to know,
>> directly, whether the neural substituted system now has redness swapped
>> with grenness, or 1s.  If you do not provide the ability to do that in your
>> thought experiment, your thought experiment is qualia blind.  If you
>> thought experiment is not qualia blind, everything makes sense, there are
>> no conundrums or absurd things like fading/dancing qualia.  If your thought
>> experiment is not qualia blind, and if you know the phenomenal physical
>> quality of stuff (or functionality, if you must) everything is knowable
>> both objectively and subjectively.  In qualia blind views like this, there
>> are impossibly hard mind body problems.  If your thought experiment is not
>> qualia blind, the only problem is an easy color problem.
>> The conclusion is that an artificial device that correctly replicated
>>> neural behaviour will also replicate any associated consciousness.
>> This conclusion can only true in a qualia blind thought experiment that
>> does not include a necessary redness functionality that necessarily can be
>> computationally bound.
> Here is the problem which you seem to be missing. If your visual cortex is
> replaced, you are qualia blind with respect to visual qualia. However, you
> behave normally, because the output to the muscles is the same. Also, the
> rest of your brain works normally because it was not modified, and even
> blind people are able to think and talk. Why don’t you say “I am qualia
> blind”? What is the point of having qualia if even you yourself don’t
> notice if the qualia disappear?
>> --
> Stathis Papaioannou
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