Tal Cohen's Bookshelf: A Collection of Personal Opinions about Books

(anonymous) writes:

Kurzweil is wrong and this guy is right. A mere hardware is not enough to simulate a proper 'soul' with a high huneker score. It is enough to make semi-intelligent tools but it will never be close to the real deal.

Only when people start looking the human as a complete, holistic system will there be progress. There's more to it than just your brain - your blood and your organs contain a lot of the information that makes you you. Sure, the soul can connect to other bodies, but it will never be the same without the same body (blood and organs).

Scientists always ignore the big picture too much. Solving little details in isolation from the whole will not improve things in the long run.
[314] Posted on Friday, 13 June 2008 at 14:32 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]


(anonymous) writes in reply to (anonymous):

Your definitely correct, blood contributes to your personality. All the chemicals that can pass the blood brain barrier are going to affect your personality, and of course there's more examples.

We will not be able to perfectly copy a person, but we might be able to copy what we consider the important aspects of personality. It wouldn't be the same person just a similar person. However, if you want to get nit picky, we are also different people moment to moment, because the matter in our bodies is changing.
[317] Posted on Friday, 13 June 2008 at 15:20 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]


Che writes in reply to (anonymous):

Quote: ''Kurzweil is wrong and this guy is right. A mere hardware is not enough to simulate a proper 'soul' with a high huneker score. It is enough to make semi-intelligent tools but it will never be close to the real deal.''

Never say never dog. It's just not smart.
[327] Posted on Saturday, 14 June 2008 at 3:56 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]


Luke Armstrong writes in reply to Che:

Never Say Never Dog? It's just impossible to say that and sound smart dog.
[672] Posted on Sunday, 06 March 2011 at 23:32 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]


Dani Blance writes in reply to (anonymous):

Have you read 'Embodiment or Envatment? Reflections on the Bodily Basis of Consciousness' by Diego Cosmelli and Evan Thompson? If not, I think you may like it... Although, I suppose it doesn't quite fit with what you said about hardware not being enough. They just argue that the hardware is more than the brain; that brain and body are ''reciprocally coupled and mutually regulating systems''.

[It's in J. Stewart, O. Gapenne & E Di Paolo (eds.), Enaction: Towards a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science. MIT Press. (2007)]
[330] Posted on Monday, 16 June 2008 at 0:33 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]

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