[ExI] Digital Consciousness .

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Fri Apr 26 07:01:29 UTC 2013

On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM, Gordon <gts_2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Stathis,
>>  My point was that if [the homunculous problem] is not a problem for the
>> brain
>>  it is not a problem for a computer that replaces the brain. Whys should
>> it be?
> Strong AI and uploading on digital computers might be possible if the
> computational model of mind (aka computationalism) is a legitimate theory
> about how the brain/mind works. The homunculous problem is just another
> reason why I think it is false.

But why is the homunculus problem only a problem for a computer mind?

> I think computationalism  is no more than wishful thinking. I consider
> digital computers unconscious mechanical tools for doing calculations. I
> cannot imagine any mechanical upgrade, or any fancy programming, that would
> make my digital computer any more than a very useful slide rule.

And I could say that protein, phospholipid, and water molecules are
just a dumb collection of atoms, completely incapable of feeling no
matter how cleverly you arrange them.

Stathis Papaioannou

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