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Chris Malcolm cam at holyrood.ed.ac.uk
Wed Feb 10 12:36:44 EST 1999

"Joe Kilner" <jjmk2 at hermes.cam.ac.uk> writes:

>from the brain being concious?  For you to fool someone it implies that
>there is someone there to fool, and if there someone "in" the brain for the
>brain to fool then surely the brain "contains" a conciousness.

Hackers fool computer systems every day without anyone supposing that
the computers must be conscious. You might wish to argue that this is
not real fooling, just metaphorical fooling, in which case please
reconsider the argument you disliked with "fool" replaced by "fool in
the metaphorical sense appropriate to non-conscious dupes".
Chris Malcolm    cam at dai.ed.ac.uk         +44 (0)131 650 3085
Department of Artificial Intelligence,    Edinburgh University
5 Forrest Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2QL, UK                DoD #205

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