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comment 260 by Schrodinger's Cat

I've shown that you own epistemological loop demands that awareness itself is a physical and causal phenomenon.

There is nothing of consequence here. Of course I believe that awareness itself is a physical and causal phenomenon. I believe awareness is the functional result of neural activity. To be precise, I believe that awareness is patterns of neural activity that is involved in self-modelling. What I don't believe is that there is anything more, nothing additional in the physical realm. Perhaps the best analogy I can come up with is that awareness is equivalent to software. Software is patterns of activity in computers. It is caused and it has causal effects. It's functional. No-one insists that because there is software that there must be some extra physical presence called 'softwareness' that is non-functional and follows software around wherever it goes.

You are mixing up my position that awareness is physical with your (current) position that awareness is physical and involves something extra.

You have finally accepted that David Chalmers is wrong. You have finally conceded that your view of consciousness is physical and must have physical consequences. What you haven't yet provided is

1) Any idea for how we can test for your physical extra bit of consciousness. 2) How your physical extra bit of consciousness has physical consequences.

Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:01:10 UTC | #949851