Web Mentions

… now what you might ask are those?

Well, suffice to say that if this little ballydoo works, this chap will pop back here and try to explain it all. Suffice to say, it all started here. Let’s see if you can come up with an explanation before I return.

A Little Under The Weather

We can relate.

Well, yes, the Chaps have been there from time to time.

is nothing private any more?

We don’t recall this person being with us, but then, perhaps we wouldn’t…

From the new Very British Problems ….

Volume 3 Actually …. which gives this chap an idea.

… book, the author adding kindly:

Sparing a thought for anyone at the silent stage…

Just Because You Can… (Part 1)

…does not mean one actually should. However…

While the Chaps are always appreciative of Great Leaps Forward, they also appreciate Great Leaps Sideways, or in some cases Great Standings Still. So it is with a sigh of relief from the other, more depressing technological high-jinks around at present that the Chaps greet the newest Ig Nobel Prizes. Or, as they style themselves, research that could not, and probably should not, be repeated.

There is also a Journal of Irreproducible Results–

but such things seems to have gone worryingly mainstream of late.

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The Chord Turned Upside Down

Welcome to the dark side …

No, not Aussie music, not that there’s anything wrong with the convict heritage… This Chap is actually very partial to Midnight Oil, in particular…

… whose polemic against corporate exploitation of both natural resources and people with no other choice came some 27 years ago!

.. and I assume we are also not back to Pink Floyd so please – do go on …

Thank you!

… because we aren’t exactly searching for this Chord are we? Just inverting it? Continue reading “The Chord Turned Upside Down”

Two Hundred

no not ‘180’…

for our American readers, that’s an English reference that the chaps can explain if there is interest. Meanwhile – back to the plot.

Two hundred.

that is how many posts the chaps have delivered since we launched with number one on The 20th December 2016. That is a lot … we can barely keep up! Not sure how you all are doing it.

More than 1 a day, then. A little obsessive.?

Little?

Continue reading “Two Hundred”

Socrates Redux — Redux

 …The devoted reader will of course remember how Graham’s long fret ahem, extensive and informed meditation on the implications of human-machine brain transfer, Socratic Angst, elicited an extensive and erudite response from a friend, hereinafter known as YetAnotherChap. The Chaps considered this both bore reprinting in full, as it was at Socrates Redux, and a full response, hopefully equally erudite.
However, as it falls to Graham, we will have to see what emerges …

Graham repeats …
… the previous cogitating, girding loins for discourse, clearing throat, and…

Not again …

… and begins, IF you don’t mind, by reviewing and summarizing Yet Another Chap’s comments and arguments against the possibility of the proposed human-machine transfers. To wit …

Reliance on a faulty model.

The brain removal and replacement, or replication, approach, leans heavily and egocentrically on a Cartesian-dualist information-processing model, assuming the entire “persona” is contained within the neurological structure of the brain.


Effect of sensory deprivation.

The “person” is not simply contained within an organic structure, but derives identity from environmental interaction, through the senses. To replicate the “person” one must also replicate senses and perception (by implication, the entire perceptual history of the individual). Any artificial reconstruction there will also add artificiality, inauthenticity, to the reproduction.


Consciousness

…cannot, in fact, be separated from or exist without those senses, or the accretion of sensory perceptions over time.

 

 


But There’s More ….

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