Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Souls which do not effect the human mind

I think having a soul that chan alter the human mind is impossible due to the non physical nature of souls and the physical nature of minds. But, what if souls do not affect the mind, but rather a human is an "instance" of their soul. If a soul was a computer program, the person would be the actual ram running the program. When a computer simulation is over, the code still exists, and the code is a governing set of rules that allow for predictable behavior in the instances of it. In this way, a sould would not dirrectly effect the human mind, and thus avoid a lot of the problems with the physical vs non phisical problems. Rather than a soul being part of you, like an arm, it is the set of rules that governs your behaviors. These rules, like the rules that govern the wheel or any other invention would survive, even after the death of the body. Agree? Disagree? Won't post a reply no matter what I put here?

4d Continuity problems

So, the 4d theory of objects seems good, with only slight complications. It does however solve the paradox of the ship of Thesies right? I argue no. Alter the ship of thesis argument slightly. Time is relative, so it is conceivable some object and move through time slower or faster than another object. (This effect is noticeable on the twin paradox, in which one of the twins goes into space at the speed of light while the other remains on earth and their age become different) Well, suppose a space ship made out of a super new material called “super planks.” Supper planks have the interesting metaphysically property that once they get old and worn out, they stop moving forward through time as fast as other objects until eventually they completely stop existing and moving through time. (These are really good for space ship building though, and thus the fact that they stop moving through time is a small price to pay for their superior performance in space ship hulls) Well, the ship of thesis (made out of super planks) would soon need new planks to replace the old ones. According to the 4d theory, the ship has already been destroyed (it is missing temporal parts --- the super planks) But try telling that to the people on the ship, which is still traveling through space. Furthermore, according to the 4d theory, the ship would never exist and a new ship would never exist made out of replacements, because as soon as one plank wears out, the ship is destroyed. It would constantly be a non ship collection of super planks. Well, I don't know if I misinterpreted the 4d theory or what but feel free to post.

"Strong AI"

Something we didn't cover in class that relates to the theory of mind is "Strong IA" The thesis states that "The appropriately programmed computer is a mind" This is according to Searle. His paper is online at this site. So, Searle argues that a man in a room who can only speak English could in fact follow instructions written on paper in English that tell him steps to manipulate Chinese characters. A Chinese person could then ask this man in the room any question and he would "answer" it by following the English instructions. Searle argues that this man is "an appropriately programmed computer" and that he is not, however a mind, because a mind would understand Chinese while the man does not. Does anyone disagree/agree with his argument?

An argument that Chisholm Nuggets can't exist

These "nuggets" lead to interesting properties. For example, if I stabbed someone, they would still be the same person, but if I hit their nugget, they would become a different person. It seems odd that doing the same thing can have dirrerent effects if done to different locations of the body. Also, if the nugget exists, it would be possible to put someone's nugget in someone else's body, which means that someone would in fact be two people. This nugget would have to have some interesting properties if that were possible. It would have to be part of the brain, because if it was any other fleshy thing, it wouldn't make sense that two people can be in the same body IE. if the nugget is your left arm, it makes little sense that someone with someone else's left arm attached to them is two people in the same body. The brain however is constantly remaking itself (cells don't last forever and need to be replaced) so the nugget must also incorperate this replacement system as well. I don't know if anyone actually belives in the nugget, so this post may be pointless, but if anyone can think of a good reason to belive them, or a better reason to deny them, post it here.

So I had this crazy thought