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machine brains

Patti Muensterman LEZQ40C at prodigy.com
Sat Feb 20 01:04:09 EST 1999

The idea that intelligence is dependent on self-awareness is utterly 
ridiculous. When we are dreaming, hallucinating, etc. we decipher codes 
and messages on a level often much more intelligent than in our normal 
waking state. Our own intelligence, free-will, self-awareness etc., are 
little more than a series of complex electrical interactions and though 
we still possess these attributes that make us unique as humans in 
complete totality, they still are the offspring of a purely mechanical 
organism. The dualist ghost in the machine idea of self-awareness is 
analagous to the creationist argument that it must be accepted only on 
faith because it has absolutely no scientific backing and is based only 
on our own false sense of self. 

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