Comments on Hofstadter's 'Who Shoves Whom around inside the Careenium?'
Steele (Guy L.)
Source: Synthese, Vol. 53, No. 2, Matters of the Mind (Nov., 1982), pp. 219-226
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  1. I'd like to extrapolate on what I see as the main point in Professor Hofstadter's talk, which concerns the notion that consciousness, or soul, or whatever you'd like to call it, arises out of the organization or the complexity of a physical system.
  2. I suppose that's why I have been invited to comment here today; I'm with the Computer Science Department at Carnegie-Mellon University, and by trade I'm not so much a philosopher as a computer scientist, doing research in software systems and artificial intelligence1, and so my business is dealing with complex systems and learning how to manage complexity.
  3. Let's consider the nature of organization and complexity. Is complexity a physical notion? Or is it non-physical? Is organization physical or non-physical? ….


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