From: Matt Mahoney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 06 2008 - 08:58:55 MST
--- Krekoski Ross <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > How do you measure complexity? How many bits are required for
> > consciousness?
> > A lot, but we don't know enough yet to put a lower bound on it.
> We dont have a clue about consciousness in non-human entities (animals etc)
> and where on the tree of life we want to draw a cut-off point, but we can be
> conservative and set an upper lower bound. Since the human genome has approx
> 3x10^9 base pairs (of which each pair has 4 states), about 6x10^9 bits. or
> 6Gbits. While the human brain holds significantly more information than
> 6Gbits, it could be argued that the brain itself is a recursive fractal
> generated by some subset of the 6Gbit base pair 'program' we have in our
The argument fails because it is based on the unproven assumption that
consciousness exists. What exists is a universal belief in consciousness.
But there is no objective test for consciousness. We should not assume that a
rational posthuman intelligence will share this belief.
Your brain is a computer. It will believe whatever it is programmed to
-- Matt Mahoney, firstname.lastname@example.org
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