Wednesday July 25th 2012 Tim
Of the "Appearances in Human Experience," the thing
that is me, can easily be dismissed as a sort of paranoid delusion by a
scalpel, and probably also by another kind of ability to learn. I
do not believe the machine in front of me, that can calculate at the
speed of light, divide two by three until the sixes it can shovel out
reach to the outer limits of my comprehension, is what they call
'sentient'. However, I do know that the machine in front of me
responds to stimulus, and that regularly misunderstanding can arise
between us. I become passionate, it remains stubborn.
The question, "Am I more like
the machine in front of me than I would like to think?" Always puts me
into a quandary. On the one hand there are parts of my brain that can be
touched in the way that a key board can be touched. And when they are,
I respond as a machine might. On the other hand I live with myself,
and I am usually disobedient, or too hot, or wondering what to eat.
Then to the question, "Am I more like a Blue Green Algae than the machine in
front of me?" My answer appears to be "Yes."