Re: TECH: Fractal Tardis Brains

Raymond G. Van De Walker (
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 00:10:01 PDT

On Tue, 15 Jun 1999 13:52:03 -0700 (PDT) Eugene Leitl <> writes:
>I think usage of philosophical terms such as 'qualia' to explain
>(away) intelligence is a definite dead end.

The phenomenologists of the '30s were the first people to discover the deep complexity of natural intelligence. Analysis always comes before synthesis.

I find human qualia uninteresting because I think they are a side-effect of our pattern-recognition mechanisms.

On the other hand, one can't design intelligence without designing a pattern-recognition system that can recognize patterns in its own behavior.

For me the real question was always, "What _should be_ the qualia of a thought?"

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