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A hypothetical example...

Tony Johnson tony.johnson at juno.com
Tue Jul 21 13:34:47 EST 1998



Jason Earle wrote:

> If that is the extent of your program, then No, followed by another No.
> However, if these values are used to control the outputs and actions of
> a larger, more complex program that was responsible for multiple tasks,
> one of which (not highest priority, but close) being to keep pain off
> and pleasure on, one could start to debate... Especially if the
> pressence of PAIN = 1 (PLEASURE = 0) would hinder the completion of the
> other tasks, or lead to destruction of the software. Otherwise, PAIN is
> simply a boolean variable that has no bearing on function - it is
> neither good nor bad.
> However, by modifying the program to accept a user input of BEER, which
> could be an unsigned floating pt. number (think of those half full cans
> at the end of a party), you might create a bias such that none of the
> outputs in the given range could cause PLEASURE to go low. Think about
> it.

Ok, so lets say we have a program like the one you described.  But lets say
that the variables are given different names, What you are implying is that
any mathematical system of some particular nature is conscious.  Suppose
that I were to write this program down on paper and execute with a pencil,
would the pen and pencil then be a conscious being???

>    umm...what is, wavelength? I'll take e-mag radiation for $300,
> Alex...
>
> -Jason "Looooooeeeeeee" Earle

  So what you're saying is that you can see the tiny photons and can measure
their wavelengths.  Perhaps I didn't state the question correctly.  The
point is that you can tell the difference between red and blue from you're
own DIRECT observations, but you can't quantity it??? Hence implying that
there is more to this Universe than appears...




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