Re: qualia
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 10:37:36 EST

In a message dated 12/2/99 9:34:54 AM Central Standard Time, writes:

> But it is not that easy to objectively decide

> which things in the universe are "computers," nor to decide
> which programs if run would "feel." Even rocks compute
> something.

Have you read Moravec's "Robot"? The last part of his book trips out into just this very question.

(Somebody stop me! I'm posting in a "qualia" thread!)

     Greg Burch     <>----<>
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