Re: Conscious States vs. Conscious Computations

From: Hal Finney <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 14:12:11 -0700 (PDT)

Jason writes:
> A given piece of data can represent an infinite number of different
> things depending on the software that interprets it. What may be an
> mp3 file to one program may look like snow to an image editor.

I'm doubtful that you could find a string of any significant length which
both sounds like sensible music and looks like a realistic picture. I'm
even more doubtful that the enormous length of the data that would
represent the brain activity associated with an observer-moment could
be meaningfully interpreted as anything else.

My guess is that sufficiently long, meaningful data strings have
their meaning implicitly within themselves, because there is no
reasonable-length program that can interpret them as anything else.

Hal Finney

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Received on Wed Sep 26 2007 - 18:35:54 PDT

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