machine brains

Jerry Hull ZZZghull at
Thu Feb 18 21:41:15 EST 1999

On Thu, 18 Feb 1999 20:17:33 -0500, "Ray Scanlon" <rscanlon at> wrote:

>Rather than purpose, say "function". The central function of the brain is to
>maintain homeostasis of the DNA in an unfriendly universe. To this end it
>seeks food and water and a safe resting place. It avoids the predator and,
>in the interest of long term homeostasis, it seeks a mate. If these needs
>are satisfied, the brain is idle. It's output, such as metaphysics or
>mathematical demonstrations, are pretty but unneeded.

Then by your own argument, your remarks are pretty unnecessary.  Why don't you
go back to chowing down & spilling your seed, whilst we engage in activities
for which your philosophy has no explanation.

"However far you may travel in this world, you will still occupy 
the same volume of space".  Traditional Ur-Bororo saying.

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