[ExI] Digital Consciousness

Ben Zaiboc bbenzai at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 28 21:49:28 UTC 2013

Brent Allsop wrote:

> James has admitted that an abstracted
> representation of the causal properties of glutamate is just something
> very different than the causal properties of glutamate, configured in a
> way so that these very different causal properties, can be interpreted
> as real glutamate.  In other words, he has admitted that the map is not
> like the territory, other than it can be interpreted as such.

I thought it worth commenting that many people use this 'the map is not the territory' analogy as though it was accurately representing what uploading would accomplish.  But it's an incomplete analogy.  It would be more accurate to say that the map, while not being the territory, can be used (provided it's detailed enough) to create another territory identical to the first, maybe with different building-blocks.

Ben Zaiboc

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