Chapter

More and Different Information

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

More and Different Information

Show Summary Details

Preview

It is sometimes asserted that computers with consciousness may be developed, or even that they exist now; but, whether or not this is so, it is clear that existing computers operate by performing series of algorithms. And the carrying out of algorithms does not require consciousness: it is of the essence of algorithms that they can be performed mechanically and without consciousness. Accordingly, one step towards showing that the human brain-mind does not operate mechanistically is to show that it operates differently from a non-conscious computer. Just as consciousness itself may be either causally irrelevant, or else merely another level of description of non-conscious reality, it may be similar with consciousness-dependent information. However, the fact remains that the human brain-mind has this information, whereas a non-conscious computer cannot have it.

Keywords: consciousness; codes; Fred Dretske; digital information; mechanism

Chapter.  7201 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.