RE: computationalism and supervenience

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 13:37:30 +1000

Bruno Marchal writes:

> > Are you suggesting that of two very similar programs, one containing a
> > true random
> > number generator and the other a pseudorandom number generator, only
> > the former
> > could possibly be conscious? I suppose it is possible, but I see no
> > reason to believe
> > that it is true.
> It *has* been proved (by diagonalization) that there exist some problem
> in number theory which are soluble by a machine using a random oracle,
> although no machine with pseudorandom oracle can sole the problem.

That's interesting: does this imply it is possible to test a number sequence to see
if it is random?

> KURTZ S. A., 1983, On the Random Oracle Hypothesis, Information and
> Control, 57, pp. 40-47.
> But it is not relevant given that self-duplication is already a way to
> emulate true random oracle.

Do you mean by this an algorithm that explores every possible branch, by analogy
with the MWI of QM?

Stathis Papaioannou
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