Re: computationalism and supervenience

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 12:36:02 -0700

Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Brent Meeker writes (quoting Russell Standish):
>>>This may be coincidental, but I think not. Your PC is engineered to
>>>avoid the effects of chaos to prevent this very thing occurring. Why
>>>wouldn't nature do the same thing unless it were deliberately trying
>>>to exploit randomness?
>>In nature there's no reason to depend on amplifying quantum randomness - there's
>>plenty of "random" environmental input to keep our brains from getting stuck in loops.
> And even without environmental input, unlike digital computers, brains have enough "noise"
> to keep from going into loops. Poincare recurrence won't kick in until long after the brain
> has turned to dust.

I'm not sure that's true. As I recall during the sensory-deprivation fad in the late
60's it was reported than people in a sensory-deprivation tank for an extended period
(hour+) had their thoughts go into loops.

Brent Meeker

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