Re: The pool we're trying to paddle in

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Tue Apr 17 2001 - 18:34:51 MDT

Brian Williams asked

> - - If thinking is algorithmic execution, does the
> implementation matter? Could a Giant Look-Up Table
> be conscious?

No, I think that such a GLUT in its most extreme
form is NOT conscious, although I will admit that
in March I got the worst of the argument. But I
don't think that it's settled, and will post a
rejoinder soon. The battle was lost, but not the
war :-)

(And this is coming from someone who is a very
hard-core materialist and who, along with David
Deutsch, believes that consciousness arises out
of classical physics.)

Lee Corbin

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