machine brains

Jerry Hull ZZZghull at stny.lrun.com
Thu Feb 18 21:41:15 EST 1999


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

--
Jer
"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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