Re: Uploading and Consciousness (was: electronic intelligence and ethics)

From: Joseph Sterlynne (
Date: Thu Feb 24 2000 - 19:36:26 MST

>> Joseph Sterlynne
> QueeneMUSE

>> Consciousness is not some magic thing which floats around waiting to be
>> embodied in one brain or another. It is a result, in your current
>> organic brain, of a set of neurons performing some operation.

> That's like saying the meal is a result of the stove heating up the pot!

I should have been more careful about the word [result]; I was using it in a
much looser and probably inaccurate way.

> You're forgetting a whole series of chemical reactions - sometimes called
> "the soup'.

I'm including whatever chemical reactions there are in the process of
consciousness in the definition of said process.

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