Ray Scanlon wrote:
> ..."Thinking" occurs in mammals. It is the interpolation of extra synaptic
> events between sensory input and motor output. ....) Don't waste time talking
> about our
> awareness of the brain's thoughts. That belongs to religion.
You're defining the problem down to a much simpler, and much less interesting
one. Self-awareness is the heart of conciousness.
We all know we're self-aware, and there's no need to invoke metaphysics to
realize that humans and many other animals can plan- which is to say they can
create internal, counterfactual models in their mind and experiment with them.
You seek to explain the brain as a robot with a strict mechanistic theory. But
if that's the case, who is writing this note?