Re: Geddes's 'Moral Perturbation Theory'

Date: Sat Jul 03 2004 - 09:04:09 MDT

On Sat, 3 Jul 2004, Metaqualia wrote:

> > "Look" is something that can be done with a light-sensing and form
> analysis
> > system.
> "Look" as in "look special"
> > "Special" is nothing special.
> oh yeah? Stick a needle in your finger and tell me if that is nothing
> special, just your finger being perforated.

I can't personally because I hate needles, but go to the Folsom St.
Fair and talk to some of the heavily perforated people. Its atleast
nothing special in a negative sense for them.

> > What does it "feel like" to be a bat?
> don't know, probably good enough if you have enough to eat and nobody
> hunts you down

Might even be alot of fun :)

> > What does it "feel like" to be the internet?
> i don't know if it feels like anything, that depends on what exactly
> generates qualia, which as explained in the Chalmers essay, can be
> studied.

I'd say qualia is a construct of nervous systems, not an external
feature of nature (beyond the fact that nervous systems are part of
nature). Its very hard to map from the experience of the internet to
our own experience, since its wiring is quite different from our own.
But it doesn't mean it doesn't experience.

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