RE: computationalism and supervenience

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 14:53:20 +1000

Bruno Marchal writes:

> Le 07-sept.-06, à 03:19, Stathis Papaioannou a écrit :
> > Why do you disagree that one of the bitstrings is conscious? It seems
> > to
> > me that "the subcollection of bitstrings that corresponds to the
> > actions of
> > a program emulating a person under all possible inputs" is a
> > collection of
> > multiple individually conscious entities, each of which would be just
> > as
> > conscious if all the others were wiped out.
> To be clear I agree on this.
> But we have to keep in mind that the wiping out of the others will
> change the probabilities of what you can be conscious about. This lead
> to the measure problem and the rise of physics from comp.

OK. I should also add for completeness that if all computations are necessarily
implemented in Platonia, you can't wipe them out, not even with nuclear weapons.

Stathis Papaioannou
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