Re: [sl4] Re: goals of AI... non physical components of mind != soul

From: Stuart Armstrong (
Date: Thu Nov 26 2009 - 03:29:55 MST

>> Or if I removed your brain, ground it to a pulp, and then replaced it with
>> a computer that had exactly the > same behavior so that nobody could detect
>> any change in the behavior of your body, then you mean that > invisible
>> thing that is now missing from you?
> Imagine if I created a perfect copy of your physical body, transplanted your
> brain into it, woke you up, then put the afore-mentioned computer into your
> 'old' body. Now, I must grind up one of the bodies. Which will it be?
> As much as I hate Searle, I fear it would be my old body that be getting
> ground up.

This is simply a question of potentiallty imperfect copies - you know
that your brain is "you", while there may be errors in the computer
copy. Hence caution says to grind up the computer.

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