Posted: Sep 18, 2018 8:00 am
by GrahamH
Macdoc wrote:Nothing wrong with introspection....my computer can run a Malware scan without it in any way interfering with the work I'm doing.

It can be automatic ( so not in conscious awareness ) or I can consciously initiate the internal examination.

No different than me querying myself as to energy levls - headache etc...body/brain systems run along under the conscious radar just like the malware scan on auto and then if I need a coffee as now a small headache alerts me and it drifts to front of mind and gets more insistent if ignored.

Self assessment, self examination is an easy concept ...even your car with it's oil light, fuel gauges etc


That's not introspection. You've used the word "internal" without defining what you mean by it. For consciousness it means "within the mind" and before that is possible you have to work out what "mind" means.
I think what you mean was a vague sense of "inside the box (computer case)"

What you are doing in fact is attributing an ill-defined property of consciousness to something else. We do that a lot. We do it to puppets, animations, toys, nature and machines Being able to make such attributions is key to Graziano's work, but the "mind" of the puppet lives in your brain, not in the mechanism.


Read the book. It's good and I think you would like it. Be assured there is no woo in it.