[ExI] ai emotions

Stuart LaForge avant at sollegro.com
Fri Jul 19 18:44:03 UTC 2019

Quoting Brent Allsop:

>>> But what do you mean by
>>> this?
>>> ?red + your brain = redness. Glutamate exists
>>> with or without brains, but redness does not.?
>>> I?m assuming that both of these are *different* in your model in the non
>>> inverted and inverted set: ?Brain -> Redness??
>> Yes, that particular expression would be different for somebody with
>> inverted qualia such that red + their brain = greenness.
>>> You?ve indicated that the downstream, ?redness? does not exist without
>> the
>>> upstream ?brain??
>> Yes.
> Then you are talking about "magic", or ar saying " a miracle happens here.
> As I am talking about being causally (in any way physically detectable)
> from whatever it is that is this redness you experience.

No, I am saying *math* happens here. By the time redness becomes a  
thing you are able to perceive, it has already entered the stage of  
becoming abstract data, literally the bits of (0 = no, 1 = yes) of  
individual neurons in your visual cortex neural pathways firing in  
response to the red light. Different neural pathways would be  
activated by green light.

Moreover, since no two peoples brains are wired identically, the  
neural pathways that are activated in your brain in response to red  
light are presumably going to be different than those in mine.

The only miracle here is that sufficiently complex math can learn  
about itself and the world around it. Is that magic? It could be  
construed as such in the sense that all sufficiently advanced science  
and technology is, for all intents and purposes, magic to the  

But magic or not, this math-based technology is taking the world by  
storm even as we speak.

>>> If there is one pixel on the surface of the strawberry that is switching
>>> between red and green, what is the physical change in the physics of the
>>> brain in your model?
>> It should not change that much. In fact you might not even notice it
>> unless you were really up close and looking for it. For example if you
>> look closely at the flesh tones of human portraiture painted by
>> classically trained artists, you can see small regions of reds,
>> greens, blues, and other seemingly unrelated colors making up what
>> appears to be a single homogeneous skin tone under various conditions
>> of simulated light and shadow.
> You are avoiding the questions.  I'm talking about a small patch on the
> strawberry just large enough for you to clearly see, and pay attention to,
> that is changing from red to green.  What physics is changing?

Some few neurons in your visual cortex are firing differently than  
they would be if the green spot was not there. Neuron B is firing in  
lieu of neuron A. The physics, apart from the difference in light  
wavelengths, is pretty much the same except in so far as "that neuron  
over there" is firing instead of "this neuron here". So I guess the  
answer the spatial coordinate of some of the many firing neurons are  
different if the green spot is on the strawberry. Does that help?
>>>  And is the difference between ?Redness? and ?
>>> Greenness? physically or objectively detectable, without cheating by
>>> observing anything upstream from your "Redness" and "Greenness"?
>> No, I don't think so. Your question is a little like asking if it is
>> possible to crack a code without having any access to clear text or
>> the cypher key. And the answer is: no, not in the life time of the
>> universe for all but the most simple of cyphers.
> So you are saying qualia are not approachable, nor observable via science,
> then?

If the human brain is Turing complete, then as a consequence of Rice's  
Theorem and the Halting Problem, consciousness and its attendant  
qualia are inaccessible by any means short of statistical inference.  
Meaning that you are free to use all available data to guess what red  
looks like to me, but you will never truly know for sure.

Then again, as far as I know, quantum computers might change that so I  
suppose that my answer is actually qualia are not approachable by  
currently available techniques.

Stuart LaForge

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