Posted: Feb 13, 2017 12:57 pm
by Blackadder
Cito di Pense wrote:
TopCat wrote:In a similar way to how we're conscious.

Oh? What way is that? The way we are! Yah, circular definition is circular. Using a word like 'similar' is pointless if you're not comparing something with something else.

Ah, OK, you're comparing computer networks to humans. Let me count the ways. Using just my fingers and toes, base five, I can count up to 625.

Is there currently any way to define C without circularity? If we are the only self-aware entities that we have experience of, how do we come up with a definition of self-awareness that isn't self-referential? Until we can download human brain activity into a machine, will there be any way to examine the actual operation of self-awareness from an external perspective (as opposed to using inference)?