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Write-up2 (as at 14/07/2019 18:05:46): Siliconisation
- “Siliconisation” is a name – there may be others – for thought experiments4 such as, Unger’s “zippering”, the gradual replacement of neural tissue by silicon.
- This is a subtle argument. We don’t – of course – know whether this TE is metaphysically possible. We don’t know whether silicon can sustain consciousness5, though functionalists6 assume that it can. Gradually, it is said, we no longer have a human animal7, but one that will – behaviourally at least – will be indistinguishable from one.
- I think the situation is best viewed as an increasingly mutilated human animal with an ever-growing prosthesis. I doubt that the silicon would maintain phenomenal consciousness, but just be a “zombie8” simulacrum.
- Any replacement that would maintain phenomenal consciousness would be indistinguishable from natural part-replacement. But I think this is a contingent, empirical matter, a long way off from an answer.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read9, include the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder10. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (14/07/2019 18:05:46).
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