[ExI] Digital Consciousness .
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 30 20:13:49 UTC 2013
>> I think there is something going on here besides ordinary chemical reactions *as we currently understand them*.
> Possibly, but do you have any evidence for it?
As I've mentioned, I believe thoughts are material things - I am not a dualist of any kind. I also believe the brain is not inherently like a digital computer. I can argue both those points. If one accepts the conclusions of those two arguments, it follows that thoughts are intrinsic to the biology of the brain - that some of the matter in the brain embodies conscious thought. I don't see this mechanism explained in textbooks on biology, chemistry or physics. We can speculate about it, but nobody yet knows how ordinary matter can become mindful. I think the existence of my own conscious thoughts and perceptions do nonetheless prove that it does.
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