Re: Qualia and the Galactic Loony Bin
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 05:43:22 -0700 (PDT)

Harvey Newstrom [] wrote:
>The scenario is
>similar to a dismantled PC where the human manually predicts what the PC
>output would look like, and then prints that out put on a piece of paper and
>tapes it to the front of the PC. Is the PC still running Windows? Just
>because the system is getting input and output, the PC is still dead.
>Humans are predicting the results and rearranging the brain or PC to look
>like it is in that state. There is no program running in either example.

Ok, let's suppose that I install SoftWindows on an Alpha workstation. All the software does is automatically predict what the PC output would look like, and then display its prediction on-screen. Is the PC still running Windows?

Or further; the Pentium-II seems to be basically a RISC chip with a frontend which translates 80x86 instructions into RISC instructions. All the RISC chip does is predict what a real 80x86 would do and output what it thinks the real chip would do. Is the Pentium-II still running Windows?

Or is this entire question meaningless?

>Suppose I replace all the neurons with pieces of yarn. Everybody then sends
>input to their piece of yarn on schedule. Would anybody argue that these
>pieces of yarn now constitute a conscious brain?

If the output is identical to that of the brain its modelling, then the entire system is effectively a 'conscious' brain.