Re: UDA revisited

From: Russell Standish <>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 22:49:20 +1100

On Wed, Nov 22, 2006 at 08:40:20PM +1100, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Russell Standish writes:
> > This is also a response to one of Bruno's comments.
> >
> > When talking about minds, the self/other boundary need not occur on
> > the biological boundary (skin). I would say that when dreaming, or
> > hallucinating, the random firing we perceive as coming from our input
> > centres (visual cortex for instance) is coming from outside our minds
> > (although still within our heads).
> What if I'm not dreaming or hallucinating but just thinking abstract thoughts
> about number theory or philosophy. I'm conscious, but I don't necessarily have
> any sense of input from outside myself, whether real or imagined. I could live my
> whole life like this, and if I ever suspected that something other than my own mind
> existed it would be just another theory created by my mind on its own.

I find it hard to imagine this being possible without any form of
input. Most philosophers would need books, or at least an internet
connection to

What you're suggesting is something like Tegmark's smart baby that
figures out the grand unified theory of everything before it has
learnt to talk. Is this possible? Not so sure....


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