Carlos Daniel Llosa

Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Carlos Daniel Llosa
Posted over 5 years ago
Henry Markram: A brain in a supercomputer
I don't see why it would have to be orders of magnitude less powerful then the belief that exists in the human mind. I don't even think there is such a thing as "power of a belief". I don't see how it would lead to God, but supposing you are espousing some kind of panpsychism, it would surely not be the kind of God you could pray to, and wait for to perform miracles.
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Carlos Daniel Llosa
Posted over 5 years ago
Henry Markram: A brain in a supercomputer
I do have arguments to support what I said in the above post. They are to be found on Steven Pinker's book "How the mind works" and Daniel Dennett's "Consiousness explained". In short (very short), ontological dualism is silly for various reasons (therefore physicalism rules), and the mind is what the brain does, that is, computation. There is no reason to believe there's anything special about the brain as the substrate for a mind, so a computer could perform the necessary computations to have a mind itself. That being so, a computer could have beliefs, and if it is a good simulation of a human mind, it could have beliefs about its own mind states as well, and one of it's beliefs could be the belief that it has mind states, which is what we mean by "I believe I'm conscious". As I will surely not waste my time explaining what has already been said in those books, if you don't agree with me go ahead and read them.
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Carlos Daniel Llosa
Posted over 5 years ago
Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny
Godel's theorem is about axiomatic systems that capable of formulating arithmetic truths and complete. It is not about anything else, and it does not show " that there wil not be any contradiction in this system" is not provable for any system whatsoever.
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Carlos Daniel Llosa
Posted over 5 years ago
Henry Markram: A brain in a supercomputer
One may find the fact that we just know that we have conscious experiences as sufficient evidence that we are more that neurons and physical stuff. However, it is worth noting that a simulated human brain, not only would behave like a normal human brain, but would also have the same belief that himself is a conscious being, like we do.